America has lost another R&B/Soul legend with the death of Whispers member Nick Caldwell. Caldwell died on Tuesday at the age of 71 at his Cleveland home. The cause of death is believed to be congestive heart failure; Caldwell had been in poor health and was battling cancer.
Best known as the writer and producer of some of the group’s biggest hits, he was a behind the scenes genius. Such hits as “Rock Steady”, “And The Beat Goes On” and “It Just Gets Better With Time” cemented the group as legendary in the Black music scene. The Whispers was founded in 1963 and was made up of twin brothers Walter and Wallace Scott, Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson and Gordy Harmon. The group performed steadily with the Scott brothers, Caldwell and Leaveli Degree since 2000. While performing, Caldwell was often seated because of his poor health and was never a front man. In 2015, the group was featured on the TV One series “Unsung.” Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.