Death – Eldest of R&B quintet Tavares dies at 79

Death – Obituary

Ralph Tavares, far right, of the R&B group Tavares, hailed from New Bedford.

Ralph Tavares of the musical group Tavares has died at 79. The singer would have turned 80 on Friday, Dec. 10. 

Tavares died at his home in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts on Wednesday, the group’s manager David Oriola said. His cause of death has not yet been released. 

The Grammy-award winning soul group featured Ralph Tavares and his four other brothers, Antone Laurence “Chubby” Tavares, Perry Lee “Tiny” Tavares, Feliciano Vierra “Butch” Tavares Jr., and Arthur Paul “Pooch” Tavares. Ralph Tavares was the eldest of the brothers.

In 1975, the brothers released their smash hit “It Only Takes a Minute.” A string of hits followed including “Heaven Must be Missing an Angel” and “More Than a Woman.” 

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.