This news is one that sits near and dear to my heart. The news struck a high accord with me. I’ve had the opportunity to call these guys my family. I along with my old singing group have traveled the world with The Chi-Lites as background vocalists. Marshall Thompson who is the Founder of the group was also a manager to us at one point.

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Suddenly, Frank Reed, the current lead singer of The Chi-Lites passed away Wednesday night at 59-years-old. He joined the group in the early 80’s after the departure of the late multi-talented Eugene Record.

Frank Reed

Marshall who is the known leader and sole surviving member of the Chi-Lites, suffered a stroke while traveling on the Soul Train Cruise. He was taken off the ship to an area hospital where he’s reportedly responding to medication and other treatment. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Reed family and we wish Marshall a speedy and full recovery.

The Chi-Lites are best known for such R&B classics as “Have You Seen Her,” “Oh Girl” and more recently their 1971 hit “Are You My Woman” found new life as the track for Beyoncé’s “Crazy In Love.” Marshall Thompson was honored this past Sunday at the 33rd annual Chicago Music Awards.


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