Famed Saxophonist for the Crusaders reportedly passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2014 according to post to Facebook by Ray Parker, Jr. Felder attended Phyllis Wheatley High School in Houston’s Fifth Ward. Wilton Felder, Joe Sample and Nesbert “Stix” Hooper formed the band while attending high school together. The bands name was later changed to the Jazz Crusaders.
Felder most notably known for playing saxophone was also a bass player and worked for Motown Records. Some of the bass recordings were with the Jackson 5 such as “I Want You Back” and “The Love You Save,” for Marvin Gaye and Grant Green.
A great musician who will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace Wilton Felder. Thanks for all the great music through out the years.