House music legend and pioneer, Boyd Jarvis has died at the age of 59. In 2016 he was diagnosed with cancer. A fundraising effort was put together to help him pay for his medical expenses, including a party at New York’s Output.
The New Jersey-based producer and musician released seminal early, emotive vocal house records in the 1980s and 1990s that helped define the era and the genre. His song “The Music Got Me” produced as part of Visual in 1983 was an early house hit and lay the blueprint for house music.
Outside of house music, he also worked behind the scenes with Prince, Madonna and Herbie Hancock. He was also a co-host for New York radio station WBLS.
On his Facebook page according to 5 Chicago, users are met with a poem.
May the music be with you at all times.
In your dreams in your mind, heart, body and soul – at all times!
Peace And Power
Much love and prosperity to you
And all around you.
Boyd H. Jarvis
Tributes have come in from those who were influenced by Jarvis' work or knew him.