The legendary musician and founding member of The Gap Band was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday.
The frontman of the legendary R&B-funk group The Gap Band, 71, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Monday where he was honoured with a ceremony that included speeches from stars like Snoop Dogg and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds.
Wilson’s longtime manager Michael Paran, Edmonds, 64, Pharrell Williams via live stream and Snoop Dogg, 52, all shared touching tributes. The “Drop It Like It’s Hot” rapper, in particular, told a heartfelt story about how he credits the “There Goes My Baby” singer with saving his marriage.
The hitmaker first rose to fame with The Gap Band, which he co-founded with his brothers Ronnie and Robert Wilson in their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma in the late 1960s. Throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, the beloved funk band went on to release hits like “You Dropped a Bomb on Me,” “Party Train” and “Burn Rubber,” among others, and eventually saw nine of their albums go platinum.
The group’s sound went on to influence a handful of hip-hop artists — many of whom have sampled their tracks over the years. Their song “Outstanding,” for example, has been sampled by over 150 artists, including Tina Turner, Madonna and Usher.
In the ‘90s, Wilson launched a successful solo career — garnering 13 total Grammy nominations over the years and a Soul Train Icon Award in 2009.