Tony Thompson (singer)

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Tony Thompson
Birth name Anthony Ulysses Thompson
Born September 2, 1975
Waco, Texas, U.S.
Origin Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died June 1, 2007(2007-06-01) (aged 31)
Waco, Texas, U.S.
Genres R&B, Pop, New Jack Swing
Years active 1990–2007
Labels Jive
Giant
Associated acts Hi-Five

Tony Thompson (Born Anthony Ulysses Thompson; September 2, 1975 – June 1, 2007) was an American R&B/soul singer and the lead vocalist of the R&B quintet Hi-Five from 1990-1994.

Early life[edit]

Thompson was born in Waco, Texas, but raised in Oklahoma City.[1] He started singing solos in the local church choir at the age of eight.

Career[edit]

He was noticed by the first R&B group signed by Jive Records (ador'), which consisted of William Walton, Eric Cuffee, and Patrick Sanders who were also from Waco. Hi-Five signed with Jive Records in 1990. The quintet's self-titled debut album went multi-platinum and created several hits, including "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)", "I Can't Wait Another Minute", and "Just Another Girlfriend".[2]

In 1992, the group released their second album Keep It Goin' On, with "She's Playing Hard to Get" and "Quality Time". Their third album Faithful appeared in 1993. Thompson's solo debut, Sexsational, was released on Giant Records in 1995. Thompson formed his own record label, N'Depth, and re-incarnated Hi-Five with four new members. The group's new album, The Return, was released in 2006.

Death[edit]

On June 1, 2007, Thompson's body was discovered at around 10 p.m. Friday near an air-conditioning unit outside of an apartment complex in his native Waco, Texas. Dr. Reade A. Quinton, a medical examiner at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas, determined that Thompson died from “toxic effects of chlorodifluoromethane,” or accidentally inhaling a toxic amount of Freon.[3]

Music videos[edit]

Year Video
1995 "I Wanna Love Like That"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tony Thompson (1975-2007)". Find A Grave. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  2. ^ Allmusic.com "Hi-Five
  3. ^ Author Kenyon Farrow. "Hi-Five’s Lead Singer Tony Thompson Death Ruled An Overdose « Kenyon Farrow". Kenyonfarrow.com. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 

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