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Colonel Abrams is dead

Back in 1985 or 1986, there was a gem of a song tearing up the dancefloor…a song that went to number one with a bullet. The name of the song? Trapped. The singer? A pioneering house music and R&B vocalist named Colonel Abrams. This is sad news because Stock, Aitken and Waterman (SAW) “kinda” sampled the bassline on trapped and got “inspiration” for the bassline for their huge Rick Astley hit Never Gonna Give You up.

Last year, Colonel Abrams was reportedly homeless and suffering from diabetes, and a crowd-funding effort by fans and friends was launched to get him back on his feet. This is sad. Tributes have been pouring in from legends like John “Jellybean” Benitez, Marshall Jefferson and many others. To DJs like us, we owe him a debt of gratitude for churning out all those songs and made the dance floors full. Rest in peace Colonel Abrams. You will be missed.

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