Singer/songwriter dies at 71
3/15/2023 7:14 AM PST
singer Bobby CaldwellKnown for his soft, blue-eyed soul voice, he died after suffering from illness for several years… TMZ confirmed.
Bobby, whose biggest hit was the classic What You Won’t Do for Love, died in his sleep Tuesday night at his New Jersey home, according to his rep.
The singer/songwriter was unable to walk for about 5 years as he dealt with painful bouts of neuropathy and a torn ankle tendon. His team revealed last year that Bobby had a bad reaction to an antibiotic prescribed to him in 2017 – they say it caused his Achilles tendon to rupture, leading to neuropathy.
Caldwell landed his signature hit in 1978… when it hit the Top 10 on Billboard and made his self-titled debut album go double platinum.
If you’re of a certain age, you know every line of “I 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, Snow Allegra And Michael Bolton — And Tupac Shakur heavily sampled for his song “Do for Love”.
Bobby has also written songs for the likes Neil DiamondAnd runnyAnd Roberta Flack And Bose Scaggs. He even penned the 1986 #1 hit, “Next Time I Fall” Amy Grant And Peter Cetera.
Bobby was 71 years old.
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