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NEWS / We are sad to inform SoulTrackers of the death of Reginald Torian, Sr., former member of the post-Curtis Mayfield version of The Impressions, and an independent artist in his own right. In addition to being a great singer, Torian was an advocate for social issues and an ordained minister.
Torian grew up in Chicago and was a regular in the Windy City’s soul music scene in the late 60s and early 70s. Then, when Mayfield decided to leave the Impressions to pursue a solo career, Torian auditioned for the position to join the group, which had already had dozens of hits like seminal civil rights songs “Choice of Colors,” “People Get Ready,” and “Keep On Pushing.” Torian’s strong voice and clear falsetto landed him the position of a lifetime.
During Torian’s decade with the group, The Impressions has a second series of hits, including “Same Thing It Took,” “Sooner or Later” and “Loving Power.”
After leaving the group, Torian principally devoted his time to his ministry, as well as performing publicly as a solo singer and with his group The Mayfield All Stars. And over the past few years, Torian headlined the touring shows “The Curtis Mayfield Story” and “All Things Mayfield,” which highlighted Mayfield's incredible catalog of songs.
Reginald Torian, Sr. accepted a difficult position in 1972, taking over for a living legend in an iconic group, but he did the position and the group proud, and continued to please crowds for more than four decades with his passion and his vocal prowess. He will be missed. (Bron: Soultracks.com)