I think if you look back you’ll find many.., but this is the one I remember.
In the 80′s I was so wrapped up in Hip-Hop and Reggae, there was really no room for much else…. especially 80′s R&B. It just seemed artificial to me for whatever reason, like the soul had gone from it. Maybe I had heard too much Sly & The Family Stone by that time to want to EFF around with synth hits, and keyboard slap bass// but I digress.
There were some great singers from the 80′s. Yesterday it was brought to my attention that we lost one of them, Vesta Williams… and who are we kidding? Everyone loves this song.
Vesta was celebrated early on for her tremendous voice. She could hit highs like Chaka Khan and LOWS like Dionne Warwick. Although she did not enjoy all of the chart topping success of a Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey, she did have a tremendous career for quite some time. Vesta was found dead in a California hotel room on 23 Sept 2011. Initial reports point to a suicide by drug overdose.
I remember her most in Mario Van Peebles’ movie “Posse”, as the saloon singer. She played Monica on “Sister 2 Sister”, several other roles and made many commercial appearances. Vesta was also known for a dramatic weight loss to the tune of 100 lbs, going from a size 26 to a size 6. She was beautiful regardless, and fans the world over are expressing their sadness at her passing.