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Edmund Sylvers, the lead singer on the songs " Boogie Fever " and " Wish That I Could Talk to You " for the 1970s funk-soul group The Sylvers, has died of lung cancer, his family said. He was 47.

Mr. Sylvers died March 11 at a hospital in Richmond, Va., after a 10-month illness, said his niece, Tyava Sylvers.

The singer was 15 when he started performing with six members of his family on their self-titled debut album in 1972, and his high tenor voice was the centerpiece of such songs as " Fool ' s Paradise. "

From five albums, other Sylvers ' songs included " Cotton Candy, " " That ' s What Love Is Made Of " and " High School Dance. " The group eventually grew to nine members and was sometimes compared to the more established musical family act The Jackson Five, but The Sylvers ' fame did not last beyond the late 1970s.

Mr. Sylvers made his solo debut in 1980 with the album " Have You Heard " and the single " That Burning Love. " His next solo project, " Take Me Over, " was recorded at Arista Records in the mid-1980s but never released.

Mr. Sylvers is survived by 11 children; his parents; and eight brothers and sisters. One younger brother, Christopher Joseph Sylvers, died in 1985 at age 17.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Apr. 5, 2004
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