Charles D. Love Jr. R.I.P.

March 16, 2014


CHARLES LOVE OF BLOODSTONE PASSED AWAY AFTER FIGHT WITH PNEUMONIA. By Michelle Taylor, Special to Mass Appeal

KANSAS CITY – It’s with a heavy heart we report that Charles Love, one of the founding members of the legendary R&B group Bloodstone, passed away on Thursday. According to close family friend and manager Lewis Garrett, Love died from complications of pneumonia and had been battling emphysema for several years. He died in his hometown of Kansas City. Bloodstone was founded in 1962 and was best known for their classic hit “Natural High” which rose to No. 4 on the US R&B charts in 1973. As of late, the group had been touring and was scheduled to do a show in Chicago on May 10th.

More than likely, Charles would have been performing at that show because even during his battle with emphysema he continued to perform and was seen traveling with his oxygen tank.

Our sincere condolences go out to his family, friends and fans. Homegoing services for Charles will be held on Friday, March 15th at 11:00 AM CST at the St. Stephen Baptist Church located at 1414 Truman Road in Kansas City.

SOURCE: Bloodstone Singer Passes Away

CHARLES D. LOVE Jr.

Legendary founder of The Bloodstones, Charles D. Love, Jr., 68, KCMO died Mar. 6, 2014. Visit 9-11am service 11am Mar. 14, St. Stephen Bapt Church. Private disposition. Arr Duane E. Harvey Funeral Directors.

Published in Kansas City Star on Mar. 11, 2014

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“Natural High” has to be the baddest album of the Seventies! I know every word to every song and every song blended into the next like magic. That LP was sheer genius. I owned every single one of Bloodstone’s LPs until I lost literally over a thousand pieces of vinyl when frozen pipes burst in my basement in January. If I had my Bloodstone music I would share it here —  but instead I am stuck with the half a dozen tracks available on YouTube. 

I was surprised there was not much about Mr. Love’s passing online other than the two mentions I have quoted above and the SoulTracks Site tribute. Even more shocking that I could not find an obit on NY TImes or even Mr. Love’s home town Kansas City paper.

Well this is my tribute. Please enjoy.

Thank you Charles D. Love. R.I.P.

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