Thom Bell, a well-known Philadelphia producer, arranger, and songwriter who passed away at the age of 79, was born in Jamaica. On Thursday, Al Roker gave a moving speech to his audience in his honor.
On Instagram, Al shared a photo of Thom and wrote a touching tribute: “Thom Bell, a legendary Philadelphia producer, passed away at age 79. His songs provided a soundtrack to my life. His recognizable ‘Sound Of Philadelphia’ helped define an era of music, from The Spinners and The O’Jays through The Delfonics and The Stylistics, as well as Elton John. I shall never forget your work.”
Fans of Al responded to the news with sadness in comments, leaving behind sobbing and praying hands emojis as well as their memories of the late artist.
Many people talked about how Bell’s music had changed their life for the better for a long time. Given the immense impact he had during his existence, it was not surprise that people all over the world were saddened by his passing.
Thom Bell was an extraordinarily gifted artist whose works moved people’s hearts all across the world. His distinctive sound created a lasting impression on several generations, making him one of the most recognizable producers in modern music history.
Bell’s producing credits range from the famous album “Dawn” by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons to Billy Paul’s big hit “Me And Mrs. Jones,” demonstrating his influence through many years and genres. His great body of work, which is celebrated the world over for its timeless quality and musical brilliance, will continue to exist even after his passing.
Over the previous two weeks, Al’s mood has been affected by the sudden and awful death of his beloved sister Patricia as well as his recuperation from blood clots in his lungs. Al had previously demonstrated exceptional musical aptitude, enabling him to create and capture sounds unlike anybody else. However, the past few years have been challenging for him.
His followers were quick to offer their condolences and support, with many taking to social media to express their condolences and best wishes for Al’s rapid recovery. One person commented: ” We hope you’re becoming healthier and stronger.”
“It’s simply so painful to see someone with so much potential taken away too soon,” one person said of the loss of such incredible talent. Meanwhile, one person expressed gratitude to Al, adding, “The @todayshow would not be the same without you… find your peace.”
Al can find solace in the outpouring of support and sympathy from friends, family, fellow musicians, and fans around the world as he continues his rehabilitation process.
Let us all give him our thoughts and prayers as he slowly recovers.
Al Roker has been a part of the Today show family for for 25 years, but lately he found himself in the hospital. After Thanksgiving, Al was admitted because blood clots put him at risk of developing serious health problems.
He frankly revealed his recovery journey with viewers in an update last week after returning home. “It’s been difficult,” he said. “I’m not going to repeat those mistakes. I’ve had more than my fair share of operations before this one, but this has been the most difficult.”
Al is grateful for all the well wishes he has gotten from followers during his recovery. He expressed on the show how much it meant to him when asked about it:
“There are innumerable individuals and things for which I am thankful and tremendously appreciative – even more so today after being flooded with prayers and expressions of support from viewers who have taken time out of their busy lives to reach out. It means a lot to me.”