Remembering - Nicholas Caldwell known as The dancing man, The Songwriting Man, Mr Personality and one of the founding members of the legendary supergroup, The Whispers passed away Tuesday January 5 at his home in San Francisco. He was 71 ... again 2016 showed NO mercy.
Willette Ballard, a representative for the group, said the cause was congestive heart failure. (Ironically less than a week before singer Natalie Cole passed alway from the same thing)
The Whispers had numerous hits and, at the height of their popularity, in the 1980s, four singles in the Billboard pop Top 40. The group’s first platinum album, released in 1979, was “The Whispers,” which included the disco hit “And the Beat Goes On.” Its last big hit was the 1987 single “Rock Steady,” a collaboration with the producer Kenneth Edmonds, known as Babyface.
Mr. Caldwell wrote a number of the Whispers’ songs, including the fan favorites “Lady", "If You Say Yes", "Just Gets Better With Time" and "Keep On Loving Me".
The Whispers were formed in Los Angeles in 1963 by the twin brothers Walter and Wallace Scott, Marcus Hutson, Gordy Harmon and Mr. Caldwell. The group’s first Top 10 R&B hit was “Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong” in 1970.
Leaveil Degree replaced Mr. Harmon in 1971. Mr. Hutson died in 2000. The four surviving members continued to perform and record together and, according to the group’s website, had concerts booked into the fall.
The Whispers were inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2014.