2013 has claimed it’s first soul casuality… with the passing on 7th January of LOUIS “Sweet Lou” WILSON. WILSON was a founder member of funk group MANDRILL who enjoyed their biggest successes in the mid seventies. Their best remembered album is ‘Composite Truth’ from which the single, ‘Fencewalk’ became a chart and club hit.

WILSON was born in Panama but moved with his family to Brooklyn in 1968. There, along with brothers RIC and CARLOS they put together the band MANDRILL for which they formed the brass section … though they were also featured vocalists.

LOU WILSON passed away from a cardiac arrest…he was 71. MANDRILL’S Facebook page ran the following message ….“The centerpiece of our music and our lives, eldest brother LOUIS WILSON, affectionately known as “Sweet Lou,” made his transition on Monday morning, January 7, 2013 in Southern California. On behalf of the Wilson Family and Mandrill, we ask that you please light a candle, hum a song, play a drum or say a prayer in remembrance of him”.