Bobby Farrell, lead singer of the 1970s disco group Boney M, has died at the age of 61, in Saint Petersburg, Russia,
his agent has announced. Boney M was one of the emblematic bands of Disco’s Golden Era.The original Boney M, known for such hits as Daddy Cool and Rivers of Babylon, disbanded in 1986.
The singer was found dead in a hotel room in St Petersburg, Russia where he had been performing, John Seine said.
Farrell, he continued, had complained of breathing problems before and after the show on Wednesday. The cause of his death has yet to be established.
Farrell, the only male member of the popular four-piece, had been due to perform in Italy on New Year’s Eve.
Born Alfonso Farrell in Aruba, he had been touring with three female backing singers under the name Bobby Farrell of Boney M.
The original Boney M, known for such hits as Daddy Cool and Rivers of Babylon, disbanded in 1986.
Daddy Cool: By the Rivers of Babylon (1976): Brown Girl In The Ring (1978) Ma Baker (1976) Sunny (1976) Hooray ! Hooray !: Rasputin: Belfast: Boney M Singing Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry” (1976) Ribbons of Blue: Gotta Go Home: Dancing in the Streets: Bobby Farrell Speech (Daddy Cool live – Boney M): RIP ! About Bobby Farrell:
Roberto “Bobby” Alfonso Farrell (Aruba, October 6, 1949 – Saint Petersburg, December 30, 2010) was a dancer and performer, best known as the male member of the successful 1970s pop and disco group Boney M.
Farrell left Aruba at age 15 to become a sailor. He lived in Norway and the Netherlands before moving to Germany. There, he worked mostly as a DJ until producer Frank Farian spotted him for his new Boney M. group. He became the sole male singer in the group, although Farian later revealed that Bobby made almost no vocal contributions to the group’s records, with Farian himself performing the male parts on the songs in the studio. Liz Mitchell claimed that only she and Farian had sung on the hit recordings. Farrell did, however, perform live in some of the various incarnations of ‘Boney M’.
He appeared as a dancer in late 2005 in the Roger Sanchez videoclip of Turn on the Music.
Farrell lived in Amsterdam Zuidoost, in the neighbourhood Gaasperdam. He died in the morning of December 30, 2010 in a hotel in Saint Petersburg, after performing with his band the evening before. The cause of death is still unknown.
1982: Polizei / A Fool In Love
1985: King OF Dancing / I See You
1987: Hoppa Hoppa / Hoppa Hoppa (Instrumental)
1991: Tribute To Josephine Baker
2004: Aruban Style (Mixes) S-Cream Featuring Bobby Farrell
2006: The Bump EP
Bobby Farrell’s Boney M. / Boney M. Featuring Bobby Farrell / Bobby Farrell Featuring Sandy Chambers