ARTHUR “POOCH” TAVARES died on Monday 15th April. He was aged 74 and had been suffering with ALS – a form of motor neurone disease. His wife Gini posted the news: “To all our friends and family. After a courageous battle with ALS, Pooch passed this Monday night (4/15/24). I feel peace in my heart knowing he no longer suffers. I want to thank family and friends for their love and visits while he was able to enjoy them. The funeral information will be published when it’s ready, so please respect my private grieving time at home. A ringing phone 24/7 is overwhelming now. Thank you. -Gini”

Pooch was a key member of the Tavares family group who through the 70s and 80s created a catalogue of classic harmony group soul, with Pooch taking lead on songs like ‘Penny For Your Thoughts’ and ‘Love Calls’.

After  the peak of their success, Tavares continued to work and toured regularly  but sadly Pooch suffered a stroke in 2014, which led to his retirement.