Bobby Caldwell, a well-known R&B singer who is best known for his work on the songs “What You Won’t Do For Love” and “Open Your Eyes,” has passed away at the age of 71.
Before he went away, the American singer had spent several years battling a disease. On Tuesday, March 14, Caldwell passed away peacefully at home in New Jersey, according to a statement from his representative on Wednesday.
Mary Caldwell, who has been his wife since 2004, announced the news on Twitter and thanked followers for their prayers.
Bobby passed away right here at home, Mary tweeted. As he left us, I tightly hugged him in my arms. I will always be heartbroken.
The performer lighted up the classic songs What You Won’t Do for Love with his passionate and versatile vocals.
Thank you for your continued prayers over the years, Mary added. For the past six years and two months, being “FLOXED” had taken a toll on his health. God is your rest, my love.
According to TMZ, the musician “couldn’t walk for approximately five years while he dealt with excruciating episodes of neuropathy and a ruptured tendon in his ankle.”
The New Yorker, whose real name was Robert Hunter Caldwell, began singing as a teenager in the 1960s.
He issued a number of albums in the R&B, jazz, soul, and adult contemporary genres.
With songs from his extensive catalog of exuberant R&B, intimate soft jazz stylings, and big band songs, Bobby can captivate audiences of all ages in any setting. On his website, he claims, “He has a feverish popularity in Japan and throughout Asia, selling out gigs and attaining gold and platinum status for his releases in those nations.
Bobby performed as Frank Sinatra in the David Cassidy/Don Reo stage production of The Rat Pack Is Back in Las Vegas, Nevada, in addition to his extensive traveling.
Both the critics in the field and his devoted followers gave Bobby’s performance high marks.
Bobby has been on a number of national and local networks, including The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno, The CBS Second Cup Café, BET Jazz Central, and others.
As his soulful smash song “What You Won’t Do For Love” rose up the Billboard 100 charts after its 1978 release on the debut album of the same name, Caldwell’s distinctive voice cut across jazz, R&B, and rock genres.
Due in large part to its widespread appeal as a sample and cover song, “What You Won’t Do For Love” became a multi-generational smash. The song was sampled by Tupac Shakur for his 1998 single “Do for Love,” and since then, Boyz II Men, Snoh Aalegra, Michael Bolton, and other artists have covered it.
Common’s popular song “The Light,” from his 2000 album “Like Water for Chocolate,” sampled Caldwell’s “Open Your Eyes,” off his sophomore 1980 “Cat in the Hat” album. On his 2013 album “Love in the Future,” John Legend also included a cover of the song.
Caldwell grew up in Miami after being born in New York in 1951. His website claims that he grew up listening to well-known artists like The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole.
Before beginning his solo career in the late 1970s, he began his career playing rhythm guitar for Little Richard.