FUNKOBIT: The death of Edmund Sylvers, lead singer with 70s funk-soul act The Sylvers has been announced. He died on March 11th after a ten month struggle against lung cancer at the age of 47. The family act he fronted were compared at the time with the Jacksons, but despite hits in the US like Boogie Fever and Wish That I Could Talk To You, the band failed to turn their early success into something more lasting. In 1980, Edmund attempted to launch a solo career with the album Have You Heard but the follow-up Take Me Over was never released by his label Arista. He's survived by both parents, eight of his brothers and sisters and eleven children.