Photo: Derek Cason

The Whispers’ Gordy Harmon: Dead At 79

On Thursday (1.05,) legendary Soul / Jazz singer and member of The Whispers, Gordy Harmon passed away peacefully in his sleep at his Los Angeles home.

Believed to have passed away from natural causes, a statement on The Whispers’ official Instagram page read: “We are saddened by the passing of one of the founders and former member of the Whispers. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and his memory and his contributions will never be forgotten. Much love.”

Along with Marcus Hutson, Nicholas Caldwell, and brothers Wallace and Walter Scott, Harmon co-founded The Whispers in Los Angeles in 1963. 

Having released three LPs with his bandmates – including 1969’s ‘Planets of Life’, and 1973’s ‘Life and Breath and ‘The Whispers’ Love Story’ – unfortunately Gordy was forced to leave the iconic soul/pop group in 1973 after injuring his larynx and was not part of the groups handful of 1980s hits.

The Whispers scored #1 singles with the 1979 disco tune ‘And The Beat Goes On’ and 1987’s ‘Rock Steady’ on Solar Records.

Siblings Walter and Wallace are the only surviving members of the band as Nicholas died of heart failure in 2016, while Marcus battled prostate cancer and passed away in 2000.

The Whispers were inducted into the R’n’B Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Derek Cason