BLUE NOTES star LAWRENCE LLOYD BROWN Sr. has died. He was 63.
Brown died on Sunday (13Apr08) after suffering from a respiratory condition. He was still performing with the group until January (08), when he fell ill during a performance in Chester, Pennsylvania.
He began singing and dancing as a child, and formed his first group in 1957 with The Bingos, and later founded the Blue Notes, who enjoyed fame with hits including The Love I Lost and If You Don't Know Me By Now.
His family have released a statement saying, "Lawrence's dreams as a performer truly became reality. Although he will be sorely missed, this talented, funny, life-loving man will live on in the hearts of all those who knew and loved him - and the magic that inspired him."
He is survived by his wife Patricia Parks and his son, Lawrence Lloyd Brown Jr.