R&B SOUL GROUP THE WHISPERS NICHOLAS CALDWELL DEAD AT 71


posted by Robert J. Carmack      blues2jazzguy

Nick Caldwell Whispers NOW 2
Nick Caldwell songwriter/composer

One of the Original members of the R&B group,The Whispers has passed at the age of 71. The cause of death are not totally clear as Caldwell was facing  several life threatening  challenges as recently as part of  last year , when he went on the record and wrote an open letter to his public and fans about his bout with Congestive Heart Failure and was optimistic about some alternative medical procedures that would elongate his life.

Some fans were treated toward the last of 2015 with actually seeing Nick as he was called by friends and fans alike perform with the group, The Whispers. In speaking to a close friend today, who had just spoke to Nick as recently as New Years eve, said, “We talked for a longtime on the phone and he gave me the impression he was feeling good and was looking forward to more shows in the near future. No indication that there was  new setbacks. Four days later, Nicholas Caldwell, 71, passes on to the great jam session with Natalie Cole and the rest in the sky.

Always the one all the ladies would whisper about in the audiences , Nick’s outgoing personality  and suave and sophisticated moves on stage set the group apart from their contemporaries, which Nicholas was charged with that responsibilty to keep the group moving and grooving. In addition to choreography, Caldwell also wrote a lot of the Whispers classic songs, centered around love and romance. This writer who saw them from the very beginning of their recording career in 1964 with Dore records as a Teenager. The Whispers were a favorite at the Hunter Hancock (local DJ) Record Hops. Hancock was one of most popular R&B soul DJ in Los Angeles at Radio station KGFJ.

NICK CALDWELL Whispers
Nick from 70s/80s

NIcholas Caldwell was born and bred in Los Angeles, when Walter & Scotty (Twins) met him. They were competing against each other at teen record hops in Watts (now called South Central Los Angeles) and at Jordan High school which he attended with other members , Marcus Huston, The Two twins and the other original member Gordy Harmon was much older, but lived in Watts close to Jordan Downs projects gymnasium.  It served as the early “gig spot” for the budding group The Whispers. Formed in L.A. in the early 1960s, the Whispers certainly took a “slow and steady” career course in which they have quietly become one of the most successful modern soul groups. Consisting of twin brothers Walter and Wallace (Scotty) Scott, Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson and Leaveil Degree (who replaced departing member Gordy Harmon in 1973), the Whispers first recorded for local LA label Dore Records, hitting the pop and R&B charts with “Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong” in 1970.

Nick with Whispers 3 NOWThey continued to be a mid level charting act throughout the 70s on the Don Cornelius/Dick Griffey “Soul Train” label but gained momentum toward the end of the decade when Griffey, who was their manager, created his own SOLAR label and worked with the group on their SOLAR debut album Headlights, which scored a moderate with “Olivia.”

 

 

 

 

 

OPEN LETTER TO ALL MY FAMILY AND SOCIAL MEDIA FRIENDS


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Hello friends and family,  (Heads-Up)
I’m less than 30 days away from launching my Crowd Funding Project to raise $25,000. dollars for my new theater project ” Chitlin’ Circuit” : a Glimpse into the Los Angeles Club Music Scene of late 40s,1950s & early 60s. featuring music of T Bone Walker, L.A. Doo-Wop, Etta James,Bobby Blue Bland, Otis Redding and Nellie Lutcher.  bobby2 ZAPMost of you who know me,  know I’m very passionate and committed to extending our legacy in Black music whether its Blues, Jazz or Soul, “By ANY MEDIUM NECESSARY! I NEED YOUR HELP, Please take the time to read about what I’m attempting to do when I post my Crowd Funding Profile. more importantly, donate what you can to the cause. most expenses will be in getting costs of the period piece costumes in line with my budget and of course the licensing fees for the use of the music,  Of course the typical costs of venue, props and rehearsal space. I have more than 30 years experience in theater, production publicity, music promotions,a the last 8 years in Social Media Marketing. I will attempt to raise $25,000 for this production in 3 months. WE accept all “In-Kind donations” as well with clothing/posters or pictures from the 40s,50s, and early 60s.

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