American southern soul singer, songwriter and record executive, best known for his 1965 hit, “Shotgun Wedding” Roy Charles Hammond AKA Roy C has passed away. He died at the age of 81.
Roy C’s death was confirmed his daughter Sabrina Williams via her official Facebook page. Sabrina who asked fans to keep their family in prayers did not reveal the actual cause of her father’s death.
Her Facebook Post Reads Below:-
It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my father, Roy C. We appreciate all the love and support from everyone. Please keep us in your prayers as we grieve the passing of the most loved and amazing man in the world. You all knew him as the legendary Roy C. I knew him as the greatest dad, husband, and grandfather in the world. Please respect the family’s privacy as we grieve this huge loss. Rest In Power Daddy.
April Williams wrote – So sorry for your loss praying for you and your family God will see you through it all just keep your head up towards Heaven.
Marko Hairston wrote – So sorry of the passing of your father he was a amazing person I remember he did his shows in Hopewell VA at the VFW club so Hopewell and the Tricity area gonna miss him to so pray go out to you and your family.
Herbert Morgan wrote – Sorry for your loss he going to be missed I had some good times with him back in the day r.i.p herbert Morgan.
Cheka McCormick wrote – Praying for the family! Lord give them strength to stand & get through. Wrap your loving arms around them. I heard your family earlier this year in concert.
Few Things You Need To Know About Roy C (Biography)
Born in Newington, Georgia, Roy Hammond began his music career with The Genies, a vocal group in Long Beach, Long Island, who were later offered a recording contract by record producer Bob Shad.
Hammond has occasionally been credited as a co-writer due to the sample, including on the hit Mary J. Blige song “Real Love”, which samples the drum track from “Top Billin'” by Audio Two, which in turn uses a modified form of the drum intro from “Impeach the President”.
He is also credited for the 2011 Kanye West and Jay-Z song “Otis”, which uses a line from “Top Billin'”, and for the 2013 Frank Ocean song “Super Rich Kids”, which interpolates the chorus of “Real Love”. Neither “Otis” nor “Super Rich Kids” contain a sample from “Impeach the President”.
From 1979 he continued to release a string of soul singles and albums, on his own Three Gems record label, initially based in New York and later in Allendale, South Carolina. Hammond wrote most of the songs that appear on his over 125 records.
He recorded an album by ex-Temptation Dennis Edwards entitled Talk to Me, and also worked on a CD by Bobby Stringer. Hammond also ran his own record shop in Allendale, called Carolina Record Distributors.
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