Singer-songwriter who died at 71
03/15/2023 07:14 PT
Singer Bobby Caldwellknown for his sweet soulful voice with blue eyes, died after battling the disease for several years… TMZ has confirmed.
Bobby, whose biggest hit is the classic “What You Won’t Do for Love,” died in his sleep Tuesday night at his home in New Jersey, according to his rep.
The singer-songwriter had been unable to walk for about 5 years as he faced painful episodes of neuropathy and a torn tendon in his ankle. Last year, his team revealed that Bobby had a bad reaction to an antibiotic prescribed in 2017 – they say it caused his Achilles tendon to rupture, leading to neuropathy.
Caldwell dropped his signature hit in 1978… when it hit the top 10 on Billboard, and made his self-titled debut album double platinum.
If you’re a certain age, you know every line of “Do for Love,” and the song is so enduring that you hear someone sing it practically every season on “American Idol” and “The Voice.”
It has also been covered by countless artists, including Boyz II Men, Snoh Aalegra And Michael Bolton — And Tupac Shakur sampled it heavily for his song “Do For Love”.
Bobby has also written songs for people like Neil Diamond, Al Jarreau, Roberta Flack And Boz Scaggs. He even wrote 1986’s number one hit, “The Next Time I Fall” for Amy Grant And Pierre Etera.
Bobby was 71 years old.
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