Boney M's Bobby Farrell Dies While on Tour in Russia
Fri, 31 Dec 2010 12:53:29
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Bobby Farrell, whose group Boney M topped the 1970s European charts with an unusual amalgam of disco and Calypso music, was found dead in his hotel bed Thursday while on tour in Russia, his agent said. He was 61-years-young. The only consolation I can offer is that he died doing what he loved. R.I.P.
The frontman, originally from the Caribbean, appeared as scheduled in St. Petersburg Wednesday night, but complained of breathing problems before and after his show, said the agent.
According to The Associated Press, the group had 38 top 10 hits, including 15 number ones in Germany. They included "Brown Girl in the Ring" and "Mary's Boychild." Their version of "By the Rivers of Babylon" sold nearly 2 million records in Britain alone, keeping it No. 1 for five weeks in 1978. So if you follow popular music overseas, you can tell the band had quite the following and support.
Another fun fact: Boney M became the first Western music group invited by a Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev, to perform in the Soviet Union. A Soviet military plane flew the performers from London to Moscow, where they sang for an audience of 2,700 Russians in Red Square.
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