Veteran R&B Singer Al Johnson Dies

Veteran soul singer Al Johnson, 65, lead singer of the group The Unifics, has died. According to his son, Al Johnson III, he had a heart attack while receiving treatment for a colon infection on October 26 at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly.

The Unifics (Tom Fauntleroy, Marvin Brown, Bob Hayes, George Roland, and Johnson) formed in 1966 at Howard University, where Mr. Johnson studied architecture. Their hits include 1968’s “Court of Love” and the 1969 tear-jerker “The Beginning of My End.”

Johnson later went on to release solo records, including an album with jazz producer Norman Connors in 1980, and also produced and arranged songs for acts including Roberta Flack, Terry Huff and Tata Vega.

The Unifics reunited in 2004 for shows in the Washington, D.C. area.

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