May 12, 2004 by

John Whitehead

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jwhitehead.jpgJohn Whitehead, an R&B artist and songwriter, was murdered on May 11. He was 55.
Whitehead and his friend Oemidd Johnson were working on a vehicle behind his Philadelphia house when two men approached and opened fire. Johnson survived with a bullet wound to the buttocks, but Whitehead was shot in the neck and killed.
Whitehead and singer Gene McFadden were just kids when they formed The Epsilons. The group was discovered by Otis Redding and invited to tour with him. The Epsilons later signed with Stax records and enjoyed moderate success with the song, “The Echo.”
In the 1970s, the duo became a successful songwriting team for Philly International Records. They wrote and produced numerous hits performed by other artists, including “Back Stabbers,” “For the Love of Money,” “I’ll Always Love My Mama,” “Wake Up Everybody” and “Where Are All My Friends.”
As singers, McFadden & Whitehead were best known for the 1979 song, “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now,” which they wrote and performed. The tune hit No. 1 on the R&B chart, sold more than 8 million records and was nominated for a Grammy Award. It also became the unofficial anthem for the Phillies and the Eagles. The duo’s later releases failed to top the charts.
Whitehead served time in prison in the 1980s for tax evasion, then launched a solo career. In recent years, McFadden & Whitehead occasionally performed together.

67 Responses to John Whitehead

  1. ms. j.d. parker

    It is such a waste to lose such a great person! I am really disheartened with the way of the youth of today. Thankfully, I can say that I appreciated Mr. Whitehead’s contribution to the music industry before Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now. May his soul rest in peace.

  2. Fred Titcomb

    It is a shame to see what hate and violence can do. In the case of John Whitehead here was a man who gave so much to the world. Soul anthems like “Back Stabbers”, “I’ll Always Love My Mama” and “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” are his legacy. The minute I heard the news I ran into my record room and grabbed the two wonderful albums he made with his partner Gene McFadden to spin them in his honor. Goodbye Mr. Whitehead… you’ll be missed but your “soul” will never die.

  3. Chili

    This totally blows me away! I was just in NY the other weekend for his concert…little did we know it would have been his last. When McFadden & Whitehead came on, the show had just begun!!!!!!
    I cherish the memories of hearing him & seeing him cut up’ on stage…he gave us a good time!
    His demise, however unfortunate and untimely, I sincerely hope his soul is free…my prayers to his loved ones.

  4. dboy

    John, John. So full of life, so full of spirit. Dearest Lord, please, please help us learn how to love ourselves and rid the thoughts of hate and jealousy that breed violence violence. May his soul rest in peace.

  5. KG

    One of the most talented songwriters around… a true tragedy…. Ain’t no stopping us now was a
    great song.. Rest in Peace!!!!

  6. Elena Garrett

    Such a tragedy. Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now was our motto when we went on strike. The union came out in numbers to show it’s support. We were proud to see that we had such support and it was all after having played this song. MacFadden shall be missed. I truly hope that justice prevails!

  7. Vlada La Moyne

    Words can not express “MY DEEPIEST SYMPATHY” It’s a trip! It was only several months ago, that I was sitting with my mother, age 54. I was darn near in tears trying to recall this one song, that I used to jam to as she had the badiest house parties in the late 70’s. I’m age 34 now and I am a true OL School Fan. It wasn’t until May 2nd, I had the opportunity to here a band playing at a club here in California, they were real jammen musicians (that got off on Ol School jams) It wasn’t until I heard “And No stoppin Us now” I yelled so loud, until everyone thought I had been bitten or perhaps on fire, I jumped to the ceiling, yelling “Thats’ it, thats my song” I jammed all night, blushing because that song brought back nothing but good vibes, good values and a tribute to some good Ol school family & friend loven. Now I’m uncertain of how many of of you had the opporitunity to stay in the Room with all the rest of the kids as your parents had that jammin house party, me, my sister & brothers and ALL the children of every adult that attended the house party was jammin in the next room. BOY! did this song, give me the chills. I went to work, which is a very tensed and professional enviorment. I had everyone at this place Jammen to this Ol School Song, I mean It was like Soul Train City! Twoo weeks later, I was took by surprise, to hear that John Whitehead was murdered. My son is was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 5yrs old, the doctors stated that he’d never communicate or reach a level of independance. I recall me and my husband jammen in the car, continuosly singing this song while my son admired us. I’ll never forget “God as my witness” after the death of my husband in 1997, my son bursted out singing this song, Now if this song doesn’t mean much to anyone else it surely means allot to me. I am a personal aquaintance of The O’Jay’s and I must say.. Nothing can ever replace the jams of the original Ol Schoolers.
    John you were a tribute to me, my family & friends and will truely be missed!!!
    God Bless On Your New Journey!!!
    Vlada La Moyne
    Oakland California

  8. Hakim Anderson

    John Whitehead will truly be missed in the Music industry and by all of his friends, who really knew him. He will be especially missed by Gene McFadden, who lost “half of his heart” when Whitehead transitioned this life. They were together since the Kindergarden. How do you make an adjustment for that kind of closeness. I sincerely give my condolesence to the Whitehead family, friends and well wishers. I fill the lost myself having had a music/business and friendship acquaintence with McFadden/Whitehead for many years. We will all miss him and will never forget him. He will always be with us. Stay strong Gene…….

  9. chris

    It is already a sad day when we lose a great artist from a natural death, but when life is taken in the hands of another man it is more heart broken. How could someone kill such a great person. He was someones father, brother, uncle more then anything he was a friend to the world. Mcfadden and Whitehead brought so much joy to others with there music and touch so many lives it is hard to think that they are no more. I think back to when my mother had the 8track of Ain’t no stopping us now and then the 12’with the a and b sides opposite of each other. Memories are we have now, let’s keep them intact and keep Whitehead alive in our hearts.
    Cree

  10. sandra mason

    John Whitehead’s untimely death reminds us all that tomorrow is not promised. They say the Creator has a master plan and maybe for J.W. the plan was for him to make beautiful, positive, inspiring music during his brief sojourn here.

  11. Brenda

    I just found out that this outstanding entertainer was killed. Patti Labelle mentioned it on The Wayne Brady show. John you will surely be missed. Your music will live forever in all of our hearts. To his family, John Whitehead still live primarily in you. So just by you being his family, you can keep his light shining and alive. God Bless you

  12. tony

    Hey, as long as his music is played around the world, friends, there ain’t gonna be no stoppin’ Mr. John Whitehead!!! The man could MOVE and the man could GROOVE! And he’s gonna keep on movin’ and groovin’, as long as we remember the great legacy he left to all the soul fans. In fact, they were recently on PBS performing their song in concert with other 70’s soul acts such as Tavares, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, and Patti Labelle. They looked like they were having fun out there. That’s one performance I know I’ll treasure for a long time! Keep on smilin’, John!

  13. tony

    Maybe, if more people remembered the words to “Ain’t no stoppin’ us now”, and took that positive message to heart, we could rise above some of the senseless violence in this world today. Even if one person took those words to heart, the ripple effect it could produce would be amazing! And just think what a better place this world would be!

  14. Patrick Oldani

    The song, “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” was is still is the St. Louis Steamers (Major Indoor Soccer League) anthem and theme song since 1979. It’s still an inspiration to all in Steamers Nation.
    It will now take on even greater meaning knowing that this great composer as gone on to heaven. I know he’ll be with us when we win a championship.
    Thank you for your contribution to our lives!
    Patrick Oldani

  15. connie

    Oh my goodness,i just heard the news that one half of my favorite group was killed(john macfadden)to say that i was sadden and shocked would be an understatement,these guys i love them i was just a teenager when that song came out,and instaneously i immediately feel in love with it,my mom had it on 8track and also the album,i loved to see these guys perform they were the coolest they would always perform in tailor suits and my gracious they look so good i must admit i had a crush on john whitehead i thought he was the greatest looking guy,my mom was a strict mother so i keep my crushes limmited to peeps on the television and in the singing industries,but i digrest he will truly be missed and i know with all my heart that this man had to have had and still do have a loving family and friends who will miss him just like we the fans will,rest in peace my brother we love you but GOD loves you best!!!GOD BLESS THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND FANS OF MR.JOHN WHITEHEAD….A WONDERFUL TALENT WHO HAS GONE ON AND UP ABOVE TO SHARE HIS WONDERFUL GIFT OF SONGS AND WRITING Of MUSIC.TAKE CARE!!!!

  16. Lakia McNichols-Whitehead

    Hi my name is Kia I’m one of Johns daughters
    I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you for all of the kind words and support. This time has been very trying for all of us……But time heals all.
    Keep us in your prayers.

  17. Joel Cody

    John Whitehead was a great great friend,You had to love him he would make you feel so good just to know him and be around him when he wrote some of his best work,John you was one of a kind.
    I had the pleasure of being John friend and manager, John one year had a problem with taxes
    with the goverment he said Cody they trying to head me off at the pass, right now I dont have the funds for this outrageous lawyer he dont take checks only cash.
    The day before he had to go to court he did not have all the money, I said John I’ll help you cause I did not have it also, so John said Cody
    go for it dont get no checks!! the lawyer dont want no checks.
    I drove up to North Jersey for three Hours going to fort Lee New Jersey I went to go see Whitney
    Houston Father John Houston At Nippy Inc.
    I asked Pop Houston could he help John with his problem with the tax problem, He said I dont have
    the money on me but maybe Nippy would write him A check I said a check!!!
    (Nippy Was Whitney Houston)she gave her father a check to give to me to take all the way back to philly to give to John for his Lawyer.
    On my way back I drove three more hours to get to PHILLY before I got half way their I called John and told him of the great news John I have the money I heard him jump for joy over the phone
    he said really Cody you got the money, Yes John I said I got the money.
    But I did not tell him it was a check, He would had a heart attack because his Lawyer dont take checks and the next day was court.
    Ariveing at John House, John ran out side to greet me so he could now take the money to his lawyer.
    John said let see the money I Said hold on Partner, I got to explain something to you John I got a check.
    You got a What! A check Cody, I’m going to jail
    Man I’m going to jail my lawyer dont take checks John freak out for 5 mins I then said John Your Lawyer going to take this check what makes this check so good Cody
    Its from Whitney E Houston you got to be jokein
    check it out your lawyer will take this check
    John almost fell out he was really happy.
    We had some great times I’ll always be gracious
    for you being like my brother and friend.
    To The family much love never never be afraid to die for John is waiting for you in the sky.
    From CODY.

  18. Monique

    I just want to say that I was truly saddened and shocked to find out that one of my favorite artists had been killed. For what?? Spite, Jealousy, robbery? People are crazy. My sister graduated from college a few months ago and I sang the song “Aint no stoppin us now” for her class to remind them to go for their dreams and don’t let nothin’ stop them or hold them back. We jammed and had a good time. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. We have truly lost a Soul Icon.
    Monique

  19. lil frankie

    I love you uncle toodles and I know that you are watching over us we will all make you proud. see you in the next life.
    love, your nephew
    lil frankie

  20. Chesua

    This truly hurt. I was watching a PBS special and came on to read about Macfadden and Whitehead, only to find out he had died. Nothing can erase that pain for his family and fans, but we can all take comfort in hie work and the messages in their songs that will transcend time. God Bless..

  21. Lakia Whithead

    I just wanted to say thanks again. It’s been 5 months and my fathers murder is still unsolved. But to turn this negative energy into positive energy….My stepmom has started a foundation in my fathers name….. John Whitehead
    ‘There’s No Stoppin the Music’
    Foundation
    Our goal is to open a charter shcool for Creative and Performing Arts “John Whitehead School of Creative and Performing Arts.
    This has started the healing process at least for some of us.
    Again thank you for all of you kind words.
    Watch over us Daddy……I Love You

  22. LADY & WENDELL

    I am a true close family member of Gene McFadden. Whitehead was like a brother to me. I feel him in life and death, he is always with me. I feel for his family and I know they miss him. He loved all of them. I can say he had people laughing and especially making them feel good.

  23. andre

    celebrate the life of mr.whitehead and reflect on all the good memories that you have of him,life is so precious and so short let mr.whiteheads incident be a reminder of that. my thoughts and prayers go out to the family. god bless you!

  24. Pape

    My name is Pape Pouye,i’m an African musician.
    i didn’t know much about John because of my young age but one thing i know is that John was a genius in what he was doing, he inspire all of us, rest in peace John.
    As Salamou Aleikoum

  25. Vivian

    John…you and Harry Ray are the greatest artists I had listened.Now John and Harry are beautiful angels in the sky and they’re also shining light.Rest in peace,dear John,and God bless you.I’ll remember you,dear John,through your marvellous “AIN’T NO STOPPING US NOW”
    with great affection,
    Vivian – Italy

  26. Gregg

    Toodles was always a truly nice and genuine guy. In elementary school he was cool and later when we were teenagers sitting on the steps on Sydenham St, singing he always had a smile on his face. Even when he knew that I had a crush on Pinky he was cool with that too. Let’s celebrate his life but all that knew him will miss his smile.

  27. Tameya

    I just want to say that I very much adored the song “Aint No Stoppin Us Now”. I am a child but that was off the chain. My thoughts and my love goes out toward his family during their sympathy.
    Rest In Peace
    John Whitehead
    I will never forget you. I’ll see you in heaven one day

  28. Tim McClain

    I still can’t believe someone would kill Mr. Whitehead in cold blood. I hope that someday justice will prevail and the killers will be brought to justice. Even if they are not found, they still have to face God in the end. I want to extend my sympathies to his family. His songs “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” and “Wake Up Everybody” are testaments to a man who had talent and a heart.

  29. Curtis Johnson

    I am a very close friend of the family. I was shocked to hear about John. He was a great person. He kept smiles on everyones face, with hs funny jokes and his great personality. I met John through my God Father “Big Dog(Tone)”, and I remember all of the block parties he performed on with the song “Aint no stoppin’ us now”, and all of the fun time we had playing Madden.
    I miss him alot and he will never be forgotten.
    R.I.P John, we all love you.
    “Aint no stoppin us now is still doing it big” (LOL)

  30. Ron Foster

    I had the privilege of conducting the orchestra for some of the BIG SHOWS when John & Gene performed their “AIN’T NO STOPPING US NOW” and “WAKE UP EVERYBODY” hits. John always had a smile on his face and was one of the most encouraging performers on the stage! We’ll forever do his song in his memory!

  31. Starvin Marvin

    I just found out about John and I am shocked and deeply hurt. God have you now my brother, and knowing that helps ease the pain a lot.
    We’ll all meet again some day and make more music together. Blessings to all the family and loved ones.
    Starvin Marvin

  32. Michelle Barnes

    I just found out. “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” got me out of my depression after some setbacks. My husband and I love “Wake Up Everybody.”
    The world will miss his likes.
    Van & Michelle Barnes

  33. Tanya Pendergrass-Walker

    I remember the first time that I met Tootles. He was fun and great to be around. The music industry has lost a very talented person and my condolences goes to his family. I know that he will be missed.

  34. Art Turek

    It’s been just over a year since that tragic death. I watched John on “Soul Superstars of the 70’s” and play the song once a week. He was such a talent, and brought a smile to your face no mattwe how you felt. What energy that song has, and what a message it delivers. Feel it, Live it Believe it. God Bless his family

  35. PAM THOMPSON

    I RECENTLY HEARD THE NEWS ABOUT JOHN WHITEHEAD. I CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY THIS HAD TO HAPPEN TO SUCH A POWERFUL SPIRIT. HE AS WELL AS GENE MCFADDEN ARE SUCH TALENTED PEOPLE. YOU JUST DON’T HEAR THAT KIND OF POSITIVE MUSIC LIKE THAT ANY MORE. AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW REMINDS ME OF MY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION. IT WAS OUR SONG. IT BRINGS BACK SOME GOOD MEMORIES. MAY JOHN WHITEHEAD REST IN PEACE.

  36. Sarah Street

    I am really shocked to hear about John’s death, I have only just found out about it due to my sisters and I could not remember who wrote “ain’t no stoppin us now” we loved that song so much it brought back memories from the good old days so I decided to look it up and I was shocked when I read what happened to him I felt very sad inside. I can’t believe that someone can take another person life for no reason what so ever, I hope someday justice will prevail and the killers will be brought to justice, my thoughts are with his family and friends and may John rest in peace.

  37. Spencer "Tito" Wiggins

    Dam, It’s been over a year since we lost one of the Great Ones. I grew up with three of John’s children; Johnny, Kenny and Dawn and I’m still at a loss. They allways say “the good die young”, in this case those words ring so true. But John Whitehead will truely live forever, the music he wrote has touched us all and will continue to touch people for generations to come. To Anita, Johnny, Kenny, Dawn and the entire Whitehead family my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  38. D'Extra

    My Deepest prayers go out to the Family… his music was a influence to me and my family as well. Though i was really young when ain’t no stopping us now dropped, i remember grooving to it and it has become a big theme in my life. I had the Pleasure of meeting the extremely talented Whitehead brothersat a party in L.A. after we shot a video with my group II D Extreme when we were with MCA Records. Although they were children of a legend they were very humble and cool which i’ll never forget, and it showed their upbringing and respect for people in general. My fellow Group member Randy Gill sends his condolences as well. R.I.P Mr. Whitehead and we all will see you oneday!
    D’Extra of II D Extreme

  39. Earl Jordan

    I’m hit by a massive blow. Through reading an article(Jan.20,2006)on the internet from the Philadelphia Weekly on Shirley Boggs, Founder of M.U.T.T.( Mothers United Through Tragedy); I read where John was murdered. “Ain’t Nothing Stopping Us Now” was the tune that galvanize a theme anthem for African American, then and now. I pray that the family and you, Mrs. Elnor Whitehead are doing well. I’ll lift you up in my prayers, as I plan to come to Philadelphia, to unite with Sister Boggs and speak out against our loved ones, who’re murdered by gun-violence and other forms of violence on a national level. I will dedicate the event in the memory of every person that was named in the article, that spoke about Sister Boggs support. One of those persons’ were you Mrs. Whitehead. I would be honored to honor your husband, at the event.
    Sincerely with 1-LOVE,
    Earl Jordan
    Founder, President and CEO of Partners In The Struggle Inc.
    P.O. Box 100105
    Nashville,Tn 37224-0105
    615.568.3461
    Continue the personal relationship with GOD and he’ll take care of the rest.

  40. Toni

    I think about Toot every day and miss him so much. At first it was really rough but it got a little better with time. Now, with the death of Gene McFadden it brings it all back. Philly suffered a tragic loss with Toot and now with Gene. I pray that the members of both of the families find comfort in knowing that these two men will be greatly missed and that the contributions they made will always be remembered.

  41. Jardain

    I’m in the Air Force now, but it was when I was working my last job at the Radio Shack in Cheltenham Mall in Philadelphia when I had the pleasure to meet Mr.Whitehead. I can say that it was the most pleasant exchange that I had with any customer. The man was so positive, so full of life, and friendly that it was a pleasure just to be around him. I told him that no one realized that it was him and to sing a little bit.So he started singing “Aint No Stoppin’ Us Now”. When the people heard that powerful voice, they knew who it was then!I remember he had spent over $600 in our store and called Mrs. Whitehead on his ‘new’ cell phone to expain what he had just done. We all got a good laugh out of that. I left for the Air Force on May 4, 2004 and we sadly lost him on May 11. I did not know of his passing until I came back home on leave to bury my own father. Everytime I hear that song I think of the man that he was and the time that I met him. I still blast it as loud as I can. I was saddened to hear of the passing of Gene McFadden, but their vision and there music will always remind me that I’m just a Philly boy who decided to chase a dream and let nothing stop me. “Aint No Stoppin Us Now” will serve as a personal motivation for the rest of my life. We will never forget you two! Rest in Peace.

  42. KEISHA

    I CANT BELEIVE THATS ITS ALMOST TWO YEARS THAT MA UNCLE HASNT BEEN HERE, USED TA CALL HIM THAT MONEY MAN OF DA FAMILY AND HE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE ON HIS FACE. FROM THE BIRTHDAY PARTIES TO THA BLOCK PARTIES HE WAS ALWAYS THE CENTER OF ATTENTION, I STILL REMEBER THE VERY LAST BLOCK PARTY WHEN HE WAS SINGIN WITH MA AUNT DAWN, UNCLE JOHNNY AND UNCLE KENNY WAS ON DA MIC HAVIN A BALL, TIMES LIKE THAT IS WHAT HURTS THA MOST KNOWIN THAT WE WILL NEVER HAVE THOSE MOMENTS TA HAPPEN AGAIN, HES TRUELY MISSED MY MANY, IM GLAD THAT PEOPLE FROM ALL OVA GOT TO SEE HOW TERRIFIC MA UNCLE REALLY WAS…I KNO HES IN A BETTER PLACE, WATCHIN DOWN ON US, TELL MOM MOM I SAID “I LOVE HER AND MISS HER AS WELL” RIP I LOVE U!

  43. Toni King

    Today would have been Toot’s birthday. He always loved letting people know that this was his special day and expected special treatment in return. “Mighty Whitey” was a great man and I’m taking today to honor his memory. May he continue to rest in peace.

  44. TRACEY AKA LADYBUG

    I was too late to get one last look. My plane got me to Philly just as the services were concluding. I did see uncle gene and was happy to let him know that I loved him. My sister Kareemah misses her father everyday. I found this site for her. To the family, Kia, Shawn, johnny, Kenny, Dawn, I love you guys because you have been in my life since your births to the rest of your brothers and sisters too Much love from your Arizona family. We miss the dynamic duo so much. People don’t understand unless they know the history from start to finish. Our generation will keep John and Gene alive forever. Never forget. Love to Ms.E
    John has seven grandchildren who reside in Arizona they send their love and they miss Pop Pop too

  45. kareemah whitehead

    I WOULD LIKE TO POST THIS TRIBUTE TO JOHN CAVADAS WHITEHEAD. HEWAS AN EMACULANT PERSON AT HEART , FUN SPIRITED AND KIND HEARTED , HE WOULD GIVE YOU THE SHIRT OFF HIS BACK.. I LOVE WHEN HE WOULD MAKE EVERY ONE FEEL LOVED AND WANTED. JOHN WAS VERY SPECIAL TO ME. EVEN THOUGH I WAS RAISED IN ARIZONA I ALWAYS KEPT IN CONTACT WITH HIM DUE TO THE FACT THAT HE IS MY FATEHR , MY NAME IS KAREEMAH AND WORDS CANT DESCRIBE THE KIND OF PERSON MY FATHER WAS …MY CHARACTERISTICS ARE OF HIM..I LOVE HIM JUST AS I LOVE MY SELF. I AM HIM. AND HIS SPIRIT LIES WITHIN ME AND ALL OF MY 9 BROTHERS AND SISTERS,,,,YOU GUYS KEEP GOING ON BECAUSE AINT NO STOPPIN US NOW…WERE ON THE MOVE FOR DAD……LOVE KAREEMAH ….REP AZ 120 DEGREES ……..

  46. Toni King

    I saw on the news today that there a new leads into the murder of Toot. His murder has remained unsolved too long and I’m hopeful that this new stuff will move him out of the “cold case files”. He deserves vindication for what happened to him and his family deserves closure. I hope this works out. My sympathies and prayers continue to be with his family throughout all of this.

  47. Stephanie Booker

    I’m posting this tribute to John Cavadas Whitehead, his family, and all those who supported his music, because I was deeply sadden about the murder of Mr. Whitehead.
    “Ain’t Nothing Stopping Us Now” is my favorite song of all times. This song motivates and inspires me to keep moving ahead inspite of my negative surroundings. In 1982 several student requested to sing this song for our 12th grade graduation; it wasn’t approved because “Ain’t” was an improper word at the time. Now “ain’t” is in the dictionary and used on a daily basis. What a major mistake on the administration at Edward Bok.
    I lost my mother two years ago; nevertheless, every mother’s day I would sing “I’ll Always Love My Mama,” to her on my knees. Keep in mind I can’t sing a lick, but that didn’t stop me from singing to my MaMa. This song allowed me to express the love I had for my MaMa.
    “Wake Up Everybody” is an expression of how our society should conduct themselves from generation to generation. That message was lost a few generations ago. Nevertheless, I would like to give my deepest sympathies to the Whitehead and McFadden Family and thanks for the wonderful music that will carry on forever.

  48. Terry Price Grant

    I knew John since we were teenagers in North Philly. I became his partner back in 1991 and we were inseperable. John taught me a lot of things and his genius will never be matched. Im glad to say that John was my friend and partner in music and in life

  49. Toni King

    To the family of John Whitehead: Please know that he is gone but not forgotten. I hope that you are all doing well and living in the spirit of the Mighty Whitey.

  50. sabrina whitehead

    Daddy i miss you and i love you soooo much!! I really wish that you could be here to not only watch me grow but watch your grandchildren grow! YES DAD! i have a child now and one on the way but you know all of this through my prayers! And your gone but never ever forgotten.- My dad was a very handsome and loving man- thank you to everyone who sent a tribute!! Sabrina Whitehead

  51. Lakeah Watson (granddaughter of esther lindsey)

    I would just like to say that I miss “Uncle Toot-Toot soo much. I will never forget how he treated me just like one of his own children.He love me and my mom like his own. I will never forget his very unique laugh, or the major wardrobe he had..I will always love him and nerver forget about him…..R.I.P ” Uncle Toot-Toot”

  52. Toni King

    Throughout this holiday season, I wish for good health and good fortune for all those that Toot left behind. He will never be forgotten.

  53. ADAN AMAYA

    WHAT A GREAT SINGER STAR HE WAS.
    I JUST FINEDOUT ABOUT WHAT HAPPEN TO HIM, I WAS 17 YEARS OLD BACK ON MY COUNTRY EL SALVADOR AND WIN A DISCO DANCE CONTEST WITH “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now,” I’M SOO SED ABOUIT.
    RECEIVE MY CONDOLENCE .
    MAY GOD BLESS ALL THE FAMILY FOREVER.

  54. Elisa Blanco

    It not a day go by I think of John. He was the love of my life. He taught me alot about the business and life. Go for your dreams and your goals. Don’t let no one tell you can’t. John would say do the damn thing and you that!

  55. Clarissa Smith

    My heart is broken. I just found out about John Whitehead’s death. I met him in North Philly somewhere around the “projects” when he had just become known. I moved to Atlanta and then to Virginia Beach when I saw him on PBS and I decided to look up “Mcfadden and Whitehead” and I found out the bad news about them both. I have been so sad. Can someone please find out what happen to John Whitehead. I adored him.

  56. allen wright jr.

    John Whitehead was a great songwriter,producer and all around musician. I always play “ain’t no stoppin us now” at house parties I dj at. The song is a chicago house music anthem. John, or toodles as my great grandmother called him, was a family member I did not ever get to know. I wish I had got the chance to meet him. He knew me as a young child,when he was briefly staying here in Chicago with his aunt, my great gradma Louise, my mom told me. My mom used to say I get my love for music from her side of the family. Maybe that is why I became a dj/producer myself. If any one in the Whitehead family reads this message, please get in touch with me at djalgroove@comcast.net or/and http://www.myspace.com/djallenwright. Allen Wright Jr., great grandson of Louise Whitehead. Louise Whitehead is the aunt or great aunt of John Whitehead.

  57. Janet Alazar

    Hey John:
    Gone but not forgotten. I know you’re having fun in heaven. No sickness, no problems, no drama. I quess you served your purpose and had to move on. You helped alot of people and inspired many. Miss ya!
    Janet

  58. jacqueline hardin

    I miss you John C. Whitehead; There will never be another Love like the Love we had for each other; From childhood sweethearts to old heads,missing you on this day 10/10/10/will see you again not only in my dreams…. Love and kisses remember we heard tis in a love song!!!!!!!your.. J.Q.

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