Walter ‘Bunny’ Sigler, one of the people behind the legendary ‘Philly Sound’, has sadly passed away, aged 76.
His death was confirmed on by longtime attorney, Lloyd Remick, stating that he passed away at his Philadelphia home after suffering a heart attack. Sigler became famous in the Seventies for helping craft the ‘Philly Sound’ of soul along with Gamble and Huff.
“I am truly and deeply saddened by the passing of my very dear friend Walter ‘Bunny’ Sigler,” said Kenny Gamble in a statement. “He was one of the most talented, creative, and great songwriters and music producers I have worked with. He contributed so many great songs to our [Philadelphia International Records] artist roster from the beginning. Bunny also was a great singer, and performed superbly on many of our hit songs as a background vocalist. More importantly, he was like family to us. And he was the best!”
The biggest hit Bunny Sigler has as an artist was in 1967 with a cover of L “Let the Good Times Roll,” co-produced by Leon Huff, for Cameo-Parkway Records. Sigler then began working with Gamble and Huff’s fledgling Philadelphia International Records, which became home to the O’Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the Jacksons, Patti LaBelle and Instant Funk.
A number of tributes to Sigler have been posted online by musicians, including Questlove, who wrote “Brother Bunny. Philadelphia quiet storm of class, style & hits. A pillar of the #SoundOfPhiladelphia community. He wrote classics that stood the test of time.”
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