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Ronnie Wilson, Founder of the GAP Band, Dies at 73

Ronnie Wilson, one of the founders of the GAP band and older brother of Charlie Wilson, has died at age 73.

His wife confirmed his death on her Facebook page, saying "Ronnie Wilson was a genius with creating, producing, and playing the flugelhorn, Trumpet, keyboards, and singing music, from childhood to his early seventies. He will be truly missed!"

Wilson died Tuesday morning.

Ronnie started the GAP Band with his two brothers in the 70s, which is named after the streets of Tulsa; Greenwood, Archer and Pine.

The band's first big break came when Leon Russell hired them as his back up band in 1974.

The band performed together for 43 years before they retired in 2010.

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