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Boney M frontman dies

Boney M frontman Bobby Farrell was found dead in his hotel room in St. Petersburg, Russia, yesterday (30.12.10).
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Boney M frontman Bobby Farrell died yesterday (30.12.10).

The leader of the reggae-pop group was found dead in his hotel room in St. Petersburg, Russia, after he failed to answer to a wake up call.

Although the cause of death has yet to be established, the performer had complained of breathing problems before his band's show the previous night (29.12.10).

Bobby's agent, John Seine, said: "He did a show that night as part of Bobby Farrell's Boney M and they found him this morning dead in his hotel room. He did not feel well last night, and was having problems with his breathing, but he did the show anyway."

Bobby was born on the island of Aruba, off the coast of Venezuela, but left at the age of 15 to settle in Europe. It was while working as a DJ in Germany that he was spotted by singer and songwriter Frank Farian, who recruited him for Boney M.

While Bobby fronted the group, Frank always claimed he had sung most of the male vocals on Boney M's studio tracks, and Bobby - an accomplished disco dancer - had largely mimed live.

The group became popular in the disco era of the 70s with hits including 'Daddy Cool', 'Rasputin' and 'Sunny'.

Their track 'Rivers of Babylon' was a huge international hit and remains the fifth biggest selling single of all time in the UK.

Boney M were also the first western band to be invited to perform in the Soviet Union by then leader, Leonid Brezhnev, in 1978.

The group had originally disbanded in 1986, and although they re-formed many times Bobby had headed his own group, Bobby Farrell's Boney M in more recent years.

Posted on 31 Dec 2010 09:45 to category : Music News

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