Odyssey vocalist Lillian Lopez passed away from cancer on Tuesday. She was 74. Her son, Steven Andre, announced her passing on the group’s Facebook page. Via Vintage Vinyl News:
It is with tremendous sadness that I announce the passing of my Mother, my mentor, and my very best friend, the founder and first voice of ODYSSEY, Lillian Lopez Collazo Jackson, who died peacefully in hospice on September 4th due to stage four cancer at the age of 76… She will live on in spirit through Annis, Anne, and me as we endeavour to carry on her legacy; to continue the musical journey that is, and always was, ODYSSEY… And of course, her magical voice can still be heard on practically any day, anywhere in the UK: When next you do, and if you can, TURN IT UP! She’d like that… Goodbye Ma, and Thank You..
Odyssey was best known for the 1977 disco classic “New York Native.” After retiring from the music business, Lopez went on to become an author, writing two books; Bowling Green and Eight Short Stories for Children.