Ralph Tavares Death – Cause of Death: Ralph Tavares of Grammy winning group Tavares has died aged 79. Ralph was a member of Tavares an American R&B, funk and soul music group composed of five Cape Verdean-American brothers.
They are probably best known for their 1976 hit “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel”.
The singer died days before his 80th birthday. His cause of death was not disclosed.
Happy birthday Ralph Tavares 80 today,from American R&B, funk, and soul group Tavares, who had the 1976 UK No.4 and US No.15 single 'Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel'.https://t.co/FEwvx2N4EP pic.twitter.com/I2OsrTWbFB
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The brothers, whose parents were of Cape Verdean descent, started performing in 1959 as Chubby and the Turnpikes when the youngest brother was nine years old. P- Funkkeyboardist/architect Bernie Worrell briefly joined the group in 1968, while attending the New England Conservatory of Music.
Future Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer appeared as the “token white-guy drummer” in a later incarnation called The Turnpikesfrom the fall of 1969 until September 1970, when he was invited to join Steven Tyler’s band. He was later replaced with drummer Paul Klodner and bassist Steve Strout, which gave them a tight, punchy rhythm section.
The group won one Grammy from one nomination in 1979.
They were Inducted into the Cape Verdean Museum Hall of Fame (2006). Lifetime Achievement Award by The National R&B Music Society (2013). Inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in 2014.