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Saturday, 23 March 2013

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Floyd McRae (1933-2013)



The Chords in their heyday: (From l.) Ricky Edwards, Jimmy Keyes, Floyd 'Buddy' McRae, Claude Feaster and Carl Feaster

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The Chords in their heyday: (From l.) Ricky Edwards, Jimmy Keyes, Floyd 'Buddy' McRae, Claude Feaster and Carl Feaster

Floyd "Buddy" McRae, the last surviving original member of the Chords, who popularized the seminal rock 'n' roll classic "Sh-Boom" almost 60 years ago, died Tuesday at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. He was about 80 and had been in declining health in recent years. Last summer the city renamed Jennings St. between Prospect and Union Sts. "Chords Way," to honor the group and recognize the significance of the song, which became a major national hit in the summer of 1954 and helped blow open the doors to the rock 'n' roll era that followed. McRae was too ill to attend the ceremony, but he called it "wonderful."

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