Nicolas Caldwell, an original member and part founder of the legendary R&B group the Whispers, passed away recently at the age of 71. While he was never a lead singer, he was part of the background singers with a smile that many ladies said they loved. The group had maintained itself for over 50 years, and that says a lot for these guys. I remember years ago I used to open up on tour for them. I remembered watching their dressing rooms and seeing scores of women enter and leave. They were all energetic when going in. They were sluggish when leaving though. I had no sure idea of what was going on, and I don’t want to make any bad assumptions here. Years later I had the opportunity to play for them at an hour ceremony. We only did this one song of theirs entitled “Chocolate girl” and at the end of the song the group sings the title together in harmony. Well, at rehearsal the harmony was “way off” and I looked at them and asked “Are you guys all right?” That was when Nicolas looked at me and said “Sorry, we forgot to bring our voice samples with us, so we have to actually sing this harmony part right.” He also complimented me on the small bass passage that comes in right after they sing the part “Chocolate girl.” He said that most other bass players never play that part or get it wrong, but he told me that I was “right on it.” Below is a small story about him:
It was my pleasure to get to perform onstage with this legendary group, and my deepest condolences go out to his family. For the group itself, the “beat still goes on” and they are still doing it for their fans. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
The Whispers with Brett Jolly in concert (Nicolas is the one to the far left)