If the old saying that “bad news comes in threes” is to be believed, then last week’s news about the deaths of Albertina Walker, Solomon Burke and General Norman Johnson certainly proved the saying to be true.
First Albertina Walker passed away on October 8th then the soul world was rocked by the death of Solomon Burke on October 10th.
Then on October 13 General Norman Johnson of the Chairmen of the Board passed away. Although General Norman Johnson’s death was not as widely reported, the impact on Soul music was just as great.
Here is an exclusive clip of Lamont Dozier, owner of the Hot Wax/Invictus label.
Lamont describes how he helped to discover and launch the careers of the Chairmen of the Board, after he left Motown in a dispute over royalties.
In this clip, Lamont explains finding General Norman Johnson after recalling Johnson’s sound as lead singer of The Showmen.