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R&B legend Ronnie Wilson, a founding member of R&B/funk group The Gap Band, died of natural causes at his Tulsa, OK home on Tuesday, Nov. 2. He was 73.

Ronnie's wife, Linda Boulware-Wilson, tells TMZ that he died peacefully at 10:01 a.m., with Linda holding his hand as he took his last breath.

Linda says Ronnie suffered a stroke last week, and was in a semi-coma. Ronnie was in ill health after reportedly suffering several strokes over the years.

In a Facebook post, Linda remembered her late husband as a "genius with creating, producing and playing the flugelhorn, trumpet, keyboards and singing music."

Ronnie is the older brother of former Gap Band lead singer Charlie Wilson.

The Gap Band consisted of three brothers Charlie, Ronnie, and Robert Wilson. The band was named after streets (Greenwood, Archer, and Pine) in remembrance of the Tulsa race massacre.

The Gap Band is best known for their 1980s R&B/funk hits "Oops Up Side Your Head", "Burn Rubber on Me", "Humpin'", "Yearning for Your Love" and "You Dropped a Bomb on Me."

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The Gap Band members retired in 2010 after 43 years together. Charlie (pictured) is the last surviving brother.
 

 

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Resorts World Las Vegas presented the 25th Annual Keep Memory Alive charitable gala to honor legendary musicians Smokey Robinson and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds on Saturday, Oct. 16, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The evening of friendship and philanthropy featured performances by Smokey, Babyface, Charlie Wilson, Bruno Mars, Jordin Sparks, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., Demi Lovato, AJ McLean, Tori Kelly, Kenny Loggins, and more.

Invited guests dined on gourmet cuisine from celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck and Bobby Flay. Flay recently announced he was leaving the Food Network after 27 years.

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Bruno Mars, who introduced Babyface, came out to loud applause. "Sit down! Sit down! Please!" he told the well-heeled audience.

Bruno said he was stunned when Babyface told him he'd originally written his hit single "Every Time I Close My Eyes" for Luther Vandross.

"I said, 'You did what?' I am a songwriter, and I understand how hard it is to come up with these chords and make something that's magical, and I couldn't believe he would give it away."

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Smoky Robinson, right, who recently recovered from Covid-19, was introduced by "Black-ish" actor Anthony Anderson, center.

Smokey said, "I cannot even begin to express how humbled I am to receive this award. I don't do what I do to get awards. I do it for the love of it."

Smokey performed his hits "Being With You," and "Tracks of My Tears." His friend Charlie Wilson joined him for a duet of "All My Love."

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Charlie Wilson is back with a new R&B/hip-hop scorcher, titled "One I Got."

The mid-tempo track samples The Four Tops' hit song, "Ain't No Woman Like the One I Got" (I'll post the original below for you young'ns).

In Wilson's music video, the lovestruck sugar daddy treats his lady to luxury gifts and flowers to prove she's the only woman in his life.

Before you start complaining about the age difference between Charlie, 67, and his lover, men are naturally attracted to women of child-bearing age. That doesn't mean beautiful women of a certain age can't pull a great catch like Charlie Wilson.

The R&B crooner is still married to his wife of 25 years, Mahin Tat.
 

Charlie Wilson - One I Got

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The Four Tops - Ain't No Woman Like the One I Got