New Bedford Musical Legend Ralph Tavares Passes Away

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New Bedford music icon Ralph Tavares has handed away. The oldest of the brothers within the Grammy-winning Tavares act was 79, and would have turned 80 on Friday.

The reason behind demise has not but been decided.

In actuality, Ralph Tavares was the fifth of the ten Tavares siblings, born December 10, 1941. He rose to prominence within the Seventies together with brothers Pooch, Chubby, Butch and Tiny – Ralph was the one member of the group and not using a nickname – to turn out to be one of many high R&B acts on the planet.

Their model of “More Than a Woman” appeared on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, one of many best-selling albums of all time and winner of the Album of the Year Grammy in 1979.


The Tavares household grew up within the Fox Point neighborhood of Providence and started performing in that space in 1959 as Chubby and the Turnpikes, earlier than transferring completely to New Bedford in 1962. At that time, Ralph joined the Army whereas his brothers continued to attempt to make it within the native music scene. He returned house in 1965 and joined his brothers in Chubby and the Turnpikes, later renamed Tavares within the early Seventies.

In addition to their model of “More Than a Woman,” Tavares additionally had quite a few different hits together with “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel,” “It Only Takes a Minute,” “She’s Gone,” “Don’t Take Away the Music” and “Whodunit.” Their songs incessantly topped the R&B and dance charts.

Ralph Tavares left the group in 1984 for household causes, however rejoined in 2014 after Pooch suffered an enormous stroke. Pooch recovered, however opted to retire, and Ralph remained with the group as they continued to carry out, together with in a 2017 Grammy tribute to the Bee Gees.

Ralph Tavares was a Dartmouth resident who, throughout his time away from the music enterprise, spent over 30 years working as a court docket officer in New Bedford and Fall River.

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