By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated October 15, 2010 at 04:16 PM EDT
Credit: Gems/Redferns/Getty Images

Image Credit: Gems/Redferns/Getty Images“General” Norman Johnson, lead singer of Detroit soul trio Chairmen of the Board, has passed away. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Virginia-born artist died Oct. 13 at age 67. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our great friend and hero, General Johnson,” a message posted on the Chairmen’s official site reads. “He held a special place in his heart for each and every one of his family, friends, and fans. He will be surely missed, but his music will stand.”

The Chairmen were among the first acts signed to Holland/Dozier/Holland’s new Invictus label after the legendary songwriting team parted ways with Motown Records in the late 1960s. They scored a major hit with 1970’s “Give Me Just a Little More Time,” a classic of pleading, purring, trilling soul that remains in heavy rotation on many oldies stations today. While the group never again matched that song’s commercial performance, they continued to tour for decades with particular success in the South and were noted for their work in the Carolinas’ regional “beach music” scene.

Check out “Give Me Just a Little More Time” after the jump, and please join the Music Mix in sending sincere condolences to General Johnson’s family and friends.

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