I am saddened to report that Edward “Buddy” Banks, a keyboardist and founding member of the 90’s R&B vocal group The Rude Boys, has died. The Rude Boys are known for the single “Written All Over Your Face.” The Rude Boys were formed in Cleveland, OH, and consisted of Banks, Larry “Bingo” Marcus, Joe Little, Dwight Thompson and Melvin Sephus, and were discovered by Gerald Levert. The group signed with Atlantic Records where they released their debut album, “Rude Awakenings”, which spawned the No. 1 R&B single “Written All Over Your Face” with Gerald Levert on lead vocals. As if to prove they weren’t a one hit wonder, the group followed that effort with the ballad “Are You Lonely For Me”, and continued their hot streak with a major international tour supporting Levert and The O’Jays. It’s important to note that the group’s keyboardist and musical director at the time was future soul star Frank McComb. The Rude Boys released their sophomore effort “Rude House” in 1992. It featured the single “My Kinda Girl”, but it wasn’t as successful as their previous album and the group was dropped from Atlantic Records. It led to a split of the group, although some of the members reunited five years later for the less than successful album “Rude As Ever.” Following Gerald Levert’s tragic death, The Rude Boys performed at the funeral. Banks was a talented keyboardist who worked on Gerald and Eddie Levert’s “Father And Son” album, and later went on to produce the group Men At Large. Buddy Banks’ time in the spotlight was brief, but people will be listening to the music he left behind for decades to come. May he rest in peace.