Crown Heights Affair's Bert Reid Dies
Music veteran Bert Reid died Dec. 12 at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York of lung cancer. He was 48.Music veteran Bert Reid died Dec. 12 at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York of lung cancer. He was 48.
Reid's entry into the musical landscape came as a tenor saxophonist and vocalist for R&B/disco octet Crown Heights Affair. Named after the group's Brooklyn neighborhood, Crown Heights Affair made its mark on New York independent label De-Lite in 1975 with the single "Dreaming a Dream," which was a top 5 hit on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. Known for its decidedly funky grooves and vibrant orchestration, Crown Heights Affair followed with the top-20 hits "Every Beat of My Heart," "Foxy Lady" and "Dancin'."
The album "Dreaming a Dream" was followed by "Do It Your Way" (1976), "Dream World" (1978), "Dance Lady Dance" (1979) and "Sure Shot" (1980). Although other sets followed, including "Positive" (1982) and "Struck Gold" (1983), Reid had left the group to pursue other musical interests.
In the post-disco '80s, Reid continued to create dance music that was equal parts R&B and electronic wizardry. As a tunesmith and producer, his name can be found on numerous top 10 dancefloor hits, including Raw Silk's "Do It to the Music," Denroy Morgan's "I'll Do Anything for You" and Unlimited Touch's "I Hear Music in the Streets."
Reid never stopped making music. In recent years, he worked with such producers as "Little" Louie Vega and Trey Max and recorded for independent dance labels like Soundmen on Wax. Additionally, because of sampling, many of Reid's works, particularly "I'll Do Anything for You," have been re-discovered by R&B/hip-hop artists like Method Man, Faith Evans and Mario.
A funeral for Reid will be held tomorrow (Dec. 16) at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn. Reid is survived by sister Beverly, and brother Ray, who was also a member of Crown Heights Affair, as well as two children, Antoine and Jazz Melody.