Edmund Sylvers, former lead singer of '70s family group the Sylvers, died March 11 after a battle with lung cancer. The 47-year-old was diagnosed with the disease last May.

Edmund Sylvers, former lead singer of '70s family group the Sylvers, died March 11 after a battle with lung cancer. The 47-year-old was diagnosed with the disease last May.

Sylvers' tenor graced the group's first top-10 R&B single, "Wish That I Could Talk to You," in 1972. After signing with Capitol, the Sylvers scored several hits, including the 1975 No. 1 R&B/pop crossover tune "Boogie Fever." The Sylvers later recorded for Casablanca Records. Edmund released a solo Casablanca album, "Have You Heard," in 1980.

Sylvers is survived by 11 children, his parents and eight siblings. Services are set for Friday (March 19) at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, Calif.