Robert Wilson, most known as being the bassist for the legendary R&B/Funk group The Gap Band, has reportedly died after suffering a heart attack. He was 53 years old.
Wilson’s adult son found his body at his Los Angeles home Sunday (Aug 15) after his family grew concerned when they were unable to contact him, his publicist and manager Don Jackson said.
Robert and his brothers, Charlie Wilson and Ronnie Wilson, grew up in Tulsa, OK and formed The Gap Band when they were teenagers. The group achieved a lot of success in both domestically in the U.S. and across the pond in the U.K., scoring them hits in the 1970’s and 80’s with popular songs like “Oops Upside Your Head,” “Party Lights” and “You Dropped a Bomb on Me.”
Robert, whose nickname was the “Godfather of the Bass Guitar,” was currently on tour and was scheduled to perform at Tulsa’s Timeless Music Festival at the end of this month (Sat. Aug 28). New reports however indicate that the concert will be turned into a tribute for the late musician.