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Chi-Lites' Record Dies

Soul group's singer, songwriter succumbs to cancer

July 25, 2005 12:00 AM ET

Chi-Lites singer and songwriter Eugene Record passed away Friday after an extended bout with cancer. He was sixty-four.

Author of the 1972 Number One hit, "Oh Girl," Record was the architect of the Chi-Lites smooth soul sound. Named for their hometown of Chicago, the Chi-Lites had their origins in the Chanteurs, which formed in 1959. In 1960, they added members and changed the name to Hi-Lites, settling on the final incarnation of the group name in 1964. The Chi-Lites signed to the Brunswick imprint in 1968, and their Record-penned hits included the Top Ten "Have You Seen Her?" and "Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)," which later netted him a shared Grammy with Beyonce, when she used a sample from the song for her own "Crazy In Love."

Record left the Chi-Lites in 1976, and released three solo records before returning to the group in 1980. He continued performing with a version of the group up until his death. The Chi-Lites were inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame in 2000.

Funeral services for Record will be in Chicago. Record is survived by his wife, Jackie.

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