Colonel Abrams
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2016 has taken yet another person of note.

Eighties R&B and dance-music artist Colonel Abrams has died. The singer with the deep voice best known for his smash singles “Trapped” and “I’m Not Gonna Let You” succumbed to various ailments Friday. He was 67.

Abrams was born Colonel Abrams Page in Detroit on May 25, 1949. At age 10 he moved to New York City. His biggest hit, “Trapped,” reached the top five in the United Kingdom Singles Chart and topped the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1985, followed by his self-titled album, which spent two weeks at No. 1 the following year.

“I’m Not Gonna Let You” also spent a week at No. 1 in the dance chart in 1986. In 1987 he had his fourth No. 1 U.S. dance hit with “How Soon We Forget,” the same year he released his second album, You and Me Equals Us.


Reportedly, Abrams had been ill with diabetes and struggling to the point of homelessness for quite some time.

New York City’s premier soul music radio station, WBLS, held a fundraiser for Abrams in January. Full Force’s Bow legged Lou hosted the benefit, which featured performances by Me’Lisa Morgan, First Choice, Ladies of Skyy, Lillo Thomas, Double Exposure and more.


No details on services yet.

Enjoy Colonel Abrams’ “Trapped” for old times’ sake:


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