Colonel Abrams Has Died, Aged 67
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:41:11
Colonel Abrams, the R&B and house singer-songwriter, and producer who had hits in the 1980s, has died. He was 67.
Abrams was born in Detroit, and in 1976 he started a to make a name for himself on the scene; singing in a band called 94 East, which featured Prince on guitar. The artist was also a member of other groups, notably, Conservative Manor and Surprise Package before eventually becoming a prominent figure in New York's dance scene in the '80s.
Despite being highly regarded by his peers only a handful of Abrams' songs registered a deal of commercial success in the U.S., with just a couple of tunes reaching the Billboard R&B and dance charts in his native country. However, he found greater success across the Atlantic. His single "Trapped" reached No. 3 on the UK singles chart in 1985.
During an interview Abrams gave in 1986, following his overseas breakthrough, he expressed frustration with being pigeonholed in the U.S., and felt restricted by being placed in the "black" and "dance" music charts. He said that he was considered as a "major pop artist" by European artists and that his music was generating a great deal of interest, and "influencing a lot of other types of music that are not so-called dance music."
Reportedly, Abrams fell on hard times in the recent past. Late last year, a GoFundMe page was started for Abrams, saying he was homeless and ill.See the video on YouTube.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff