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We have received word from readers this evening that legendary singer and songwriter Jimmy Castor, known for his funky — and funny — hits during the 70s, has died. As the leader of the Jimmy Castor Bunch, he topped the charts with such cuts as the humorous “Troglodyte (Cave Man)” and “The Bertha Butt Boogie.”

Castor started as a singer and saxophonist in New York, and first appeared as a session man for Frankie Lymon, for whom he also wrote the hit “I Promise to Remember.” But it was his solo work and work leading the Jimmy Castor Bunch that won fans all over the world. Other hits included “King Kong,” “Potential” and “Hey Leroy, Your Mama’s Callin’ You,” with many of his songs being later sampled by hip-hop artists.

Even long after his hitmaking days were over, Castor continued to perform around the world, pleasing fans with his unique style of funk and dance music. He will be missed.

Via SoulTracks.

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