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Passings: King Raymond Green of Black Heat and The Clovers

by VVN Music

King Raymond Green, who formed the group Black Heat in the 70's and later sang with both the Flamingos and the Clovers, has died.

Green formed Black Heat in the early 70's with the group issuing three albums, Black Heat (1972), No Time to Burn (1974 / #58 R&B) and Keep on Runnin' (1975 / #51 R&B). They also made the R&B Singles chart with No Time to Burn (1973 / #46 R&B).

After Black Heat broke up, Green went on to work with a long list of artists including Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, Harvey Fuqua, Dr. John, David "Fathead" Newman, Carlos Santana and the Brecker Brothers.

Green joined the Flamingos in the mid-90's and appeared in the group for the groundbreaking PBS special Doo Wop 50.

Raymond left the group in 1999 and made his way to the Clovers, who were billed as The Original Clovers Featuring Harold Winley, where he was the lead singer up until his death.

Beyond performing, Green was also a songwriter, producer and audio engineer in Washington, DC.