The music industry is mourning the passing Ronald Coleman of the 1960s R&B group The Broadways. Coleman reportedly died of kidney failure at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey. He was 82.

In the nascent Asbury Park, New Jersey R&B scene of the 60s, The Broadways were local royalty, and had a major influence on the rock sounds that developed a decade later with such acts as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Group member Leon Trent posted the following on social media today: With deep sadness, and tears as I announce the death of my life long friend. Ronnie Coleman. This is a painful day for me, his family and his many friends, who loved him as I did. Rest In Piece
“Charlie George” . You will always remain in my heart, until we meet and sing again, together in Heaven.

In addition to Coleman, the group consisted of Trent, Billy Brown (later of the legendary trio Ray, Goodman and Brown), Ray Morris, Robert Conti, Dennis Anderson, and were signed by the MGM label.

While The Broadways’ time in the sun was short – they were best known for the hit “You Just Don’t Know” – Coleman fought later in life to make sure that the R&B scene of the Asbury Park area was not forgotten. His work resulted in several tributes as well as to a reunion concert for the group in 2011.