Fringe soul man TYRONE BRUNSON has died. The bassist, songwriter, producer, arranger and vocalist died in his home town, Washington DC on 25th May.

BRUNSON is best remembered for his 1983 chart hit, ‘The Smurf’. The catchy instrumental was taken from his debut album ‘Sticky Situation’ which was issued on the Columbia subsidiary, Believe In A Dream Records. BRUNSON released three more LPs before working with LEVERT as backing vocalist. In the 90s he quit the music business, becoming an IT instructor.