MFSB lead guitarist Bobby Eli passed away August 17 at the age of 77. Officially Bobby died of natural causes, although he had suffered a stroke in 2016.
He was featured on a majority of those silky-smooth Philly soul classics that came from the brain child of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff during the early and mid 70s. He was featured on hits by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Spinners, O'Jays, and the Stylistics. Some of his songwriting credits include "Love Won't Let Me Wait" by Major Harris, "Sideshow" by Blue Magic, and "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely" by the Main Ingredient.
In 1978, Bobby was selected for the Who's Who of Black Americans. The honor was withdrawn when Bobby informed them of his white Jewish ethnicity.
In 2016, Bobby was inducted into the Musicians Hall Of Fame in Nashville.