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Bobby Caldwell: ‘What You Won’t Do For Love’ Singer/Songwriter Passes Away At 71

Bobby Caldwell passes away at 71
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It’s with a heavy heart that I report Bobby Caldwell, the singer/songwriter who gave us the timeless hit, “What You Won’t Do For Love,” passed away on Tuesday night at his home in New Jersey. 

He was 71.

Bobby had been dealing with health issues for years and according to his wife, Mary Caldwell, he had been “floxed.” 

Bobby passed away here at home.  I held him tight in my arms as he left us.  I am forever heartbroken.  Thanks to all of you for your many prayers over the years. 

He had been “FLOXED,” it took his health over the last 6 years and 2 months.  Rest with God, my Love. – Mary Caldwell

See her original tweet below.

According to Regenerative Medicine LA, “floxed” means your body has suffered from mitochondrial damage and oxidative stress due to an adverse effect from a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. 

The term floxed in many can feel like a bomb going off in their body with new symptoms appearing daily for the first 90 days.

Chance The Rapper took to social media to share a DM that he received from Bobby about sampling his music..

He said added that he is heartbroken over the news of Bobby’s passing.

This never happens. I’ve never received a message from an artist thanking me for sampling their record.

This is a record that hasn’t even come out, and the legend himself reached out.

I was so excited to meet you, I have not felt broken like this at a strangers passing in so long.

You are a true legend and incredible person who I know I will see one day 🕊️ RIP THE GREAT BOBBY CALDWELL 💔

See his original post below.

Bobby Caldwell was a New York native born on August 15, 1951.

He is best known for his smooth and soulful voice, which has made him a popular performer in the genres of jazz, R&B, and adult contemporary music.

Bobby’s musical career began in the 1970s when he released his debut album, “What You Won’t Do for Love,” in 1978. 

The album featured the hit blue-eyed soul single of the same name, which reached the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became a classic of the era. 

The song has since been covered by many other artists, including Go West, Boyz II Men, and Michael Bolton.

Over the years, Caldwell has continued to release music and tour, earning a devoted following of fans. His other notable songs include “My Flame,” “Heart of Mine,” “All or Nothing at All,” and “Stuck On You.”

Caldwell has collaborated with many other musicians throughout his career, including Earth, Wind & Fire, Al Jarreau, and Chicago. 

He has also written songs for other artists, such as Boz Scaggs and Neil Diamond.

Bobby Caldwell was a talented musician and vocalist with a unique style and a long and successful career in the music industry.

My sincerest condolences and prayers to all who knew and loved Bobby.

May he rest in peace.

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