Tuesday, August 17, 2010

In Memory: Robert Wilson

Today is Monday, 16 August 2010.

With great sadness, the Museum of the Bourgeois mourns the passing of Robert Wilson, at 53 of a massive heart attack, one of the three brothers who created The Gap Band, legends of R & B and funk.

Originally The Greenwood, Archer, and Pine Street Band, named for three iconic streets in Tulsa’s ghetto, they were discovered by Leon Russell.

In 1980, I co-founded the Tulsa Progressive Alliance. In summer of 1981 or ’82, when the Reagan regime was making noises about reviving the draft, the TPA held a protest rally at Tulsa’s Mohawk Park. The Wilson brothers had Made It, but they hadn’t forgotten their roots, and volunteered to share their music at the rally.

The Museum of the Bourgeois extends its condolences to Robert’s family and friends. His music is forever.


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