Disco, funk and soul musician Hamilton Bohannon, who backed Motown’s greats before starting a respected solo career, has died at age 78.

No cause of death has been announced, according to the Newnan Times-Herald newspaper in the Georgia town of his birth. They reported speaking to family members.

Bohannon was born in Newnan in 1942, the son of a working-class family who ran a barbershop and cafe. He started drumming – initially on family furniture – and began playing professionally after moving to Atlanta following high school, including alongside his friend Jimi Hendrix at the city’s Royal Peacock venue.

Check out his 80’s club smash “Let’s Start The Dance” featuring Dr. Perri Johnson



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