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Johnnie Wilder, Jr. Bio


Johnnie Wilder, Jr. (Johnnie James Wilder Jr. 3 July 1949 – 13 May 2006)[1], was the co-founder and lead vocalist, of the international RB/funk group, Heatwave. Heatwave was a popular group during the late 1970s, with hits such as "Boogie Nights", "Always and Forever" and "The Groove Line" on which Wilder sang co-lead vocals. In February 1979, a van struck Wilder's car, paralyzing him from the neck down and hospitalizing him for a year. During the 1980s and 1990s, Wilder went on to record other albums with the group and later began a gospel career, singing a cappella on albums My Goal and One More Day. He died in his sleep on 13 May 2006 at his home in Clayton, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton at the age of 56. The cause of his death is unknown.

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