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Friday, June 10, 2011

R.I.P. Darryl Pandy, Singer Who Helped House Music Hit the Mainstream

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Singer and Chicago house pioneer Darryl Pandy, whose incredible voice helped the burgeoning genre cross over into mainstream success, died today, according to news reports. Pandy had been seriously ill for months, leading to several benefit shows for him, according to 5 Chicago, a house music magazine.

Pandy sang the lead vocal on "Love Can't Turn Around," a track by Chicago DJ Farley Keith (aka Farley Jackmaster Funk) that gained widespread attention and chart success, and exposed many listeners to house music for the first time upon its release in 1986. The song again made the pop charts when it was rereleased in 1996.

Numerous DJs, including house godfather Jesse Saunders, noted Pandy's passing today on Twitter. His death was brought to our attention by S.F. spinner Chris Orr, who posted the following on Facebook:

RIP Darryl Pandy. This is the first house record I ever heard way back in '86. I didn't know what kind of music it was, it just sounded like Kool and the Gang colliding with New Order. Pandy had a 6 and half octave vocal range. A big man with a big voice. Rest in peace.

Feel free to leave your memories of Pandy and his music in the comments.


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