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Mark Adams, co-founder and bass player of the 70’s and 80’s funk group Slave, has reportedly passed away although few details are known. According to his fiance Frieda Kelly, his funeral has been scheduled for this Friday in Dayton, Ohio at Shiloh Baptist Church located at 3801 Fairbanks Road.  The service will start at 11am.

Slave was a funk band from Dayton that formed in 1975. They scored their first major hit in 1977 on Cotillion Records with Slide which went to the top of the R&B charts and hit 32 on the Pop singles. They followed with five more top twenty R&B hits through 1983. They also made the top ten on the R&B Albums with Slave (1977/#6), Stone Jam (1980/#5) and Show Time (1981/#7).

The group went through a number of changes in the mid-80’s and moved to Ichiban Records but hits eluded them for the rest of their career which ended in 1992. Some members have reformed over the last decade to tour with other funk and soul groups from the 70’s and 80’s.

Send all condolences to Mark’s fiance Frieda Kelly

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