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Robert Wilson, (L) and Charlie Wilson (R) of The Gap Band perform at the 2003 Essence Festival on July 3, 2003 in New Orleans, LO. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Gap Band was a family affair. The R&B and funk group was founded in 1967 by brothers Charlie, Ronnie, and Robert Wilson in their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. They enjoyed their peak popularity in the 1970s and ’80s, retiring in 2010. That was the year Robert Wilson died at the age of 53. Ronnie Wilson passed away following a stroke on November 2, 2021, at age 73. Charlie Wilson remains the only living member of the band.

One of The Gap Band’s best-loved songs is their 1982 hit “You Dropped a Bomb on Me.” Even though it’s a breakup song, the uptempo beat made it a dance club favorite. In fact, their signature rhythms actually influenced another hit song years later. In a 2021 interview, Dave Grohl said his drum intro on Nirvana’s 1991 single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was inspired by The Gap Band.