2004 – John Whitehead, one half of Phillie soul hitmakers Mcfadden & Whitehead (“Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”), is shot dead by an unknown assailant while fixing his car. He was 55.
b. 10th July 1948, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
d, 11th May 2004, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
John Whitehead was shot dead, whilst working on a vehicle with another man, in Philadelphia on the 11th of May 2004. He was 55.
The killer fled after shooting John in the neck and then shooting his colleague, who was rushed to hospital after the incident.
Gene McFadden (who was Whitehead’s songwriting partner in the singing group McFadden and Whitehead) went to the scene of the shooting in the city’s West Oak Lane neighbourhood and stood there trembling apparently, WPVI-TV reported.
The partnership formed a group called the Epsilons in their youth and were discovered by Otis Redding.
They also toured with Otis in the 1960’s.
After a brief stint at the Stax imprint, the duo then wrote hit songs performed by several artists for the Philadelphia International imprint in the 1970’s, including ‘Back Stabbers,’ ‘For the Love of Money,’ ‘I’ll Always Love My Mama,’ ‘Bad Luck,’ ‘Wake Up Everybody,’ ‘Where Are All My Friends,’ ‘Don’t Let Love Get You Down,’ ‘The More I Get, The More I Want,’ and ‘Cold, Cold World.’
The pinnacle of their own recording success came with ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’, which went to No. 1 on the R & B chart and reached No. 13 on the pop chart.
John embarked, briefly, on a solo career in 1988 with the release of ‘I Need Money Bad’ on Polygram Records in 1988.