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Roy Charles Hammond (2020), legendary soul singer

by Kirk Fox

Roy Charles Hammond was a legendary soul singer known as Roy C. His best-known song was “Shotgun Wedding,” a top 20 R&B hit in 1965.   

  • Details of Death: On Wednesday, his daughter Sabrina Williams announced his death on Facebook.  
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Legendary Soul Singer  

Hammond, known as Roy C, started his career with the vocal group The Genies, who had a minor hit in 1958 with the song “Who’s That Knockin.’” His 1965 song “Shotgun Wedding,” which he wrote and performed, was a top 20 hit on the Billboard R&B chart. Considered somewhat provocative for that era, the song was an even bigger hit overseas in the U.K. Hammond had minor hits with various record labels. In 1973, he wrote and produced the song “Impeach the President” for the Honey Drippers, a group of high school students from Queens. The song was about President Nixon and the Watergate scandal and features one of the most sampled drum tracks in hip hop.  

What they said about him

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my father, Roy C. We appreciate all the love and support from…

Posted by Sabrina Williams on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Full Obituary: wjbf.com 


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