Thom Bell, Philadelphia soul icon, dies at 79

Thom Bell, the enduring pioneer of Philadelphia soul in the '70s, passed away on Thursday (December 22) in Bellingham

The news was first reported by Philly R&B radio station 15.3 WDAS-FM, with host Patty Jackson pronouncing

 "We Remember Thom Bell: Record Maker, Arranger and Songwriter Renowned for His Work with Linda Creed

The station also paid a unique tribute to the late musician on its website by sharing a video of the Bell-produced 1972

Bell's lawyer showed his death to Billboard and said: "Thom Bell left an indelible and eternal mark on the history of popular music

but more than that, he will be remembered by all who knew him as a kind and loving friend.

Nile Rodgers also took to social media to pay his respects to Bell, tweeting, “#RIPThomBell is one of the greatest writers

He was the architect of the connection between #BernardEdwards

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