Bunny Sigler, who helped create 1970s Philly Sound, dies

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PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 10: Bunny Sigler performs during the the Recording Academy Honors 2006 April 10, 2006 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Chapter held the event to salute outstanding individuals and institutions for their contributions to the creative community and the community-at-large.

PHILADELPHIA — A singer, songwriter and producer who helped create the “The Sound of Philadelphia” in the 1970s has died. Walter “Bunny” Sigler was 76.

His longtime attorney, Lloyd Zane Remick, said Sigler died of a heart attack Friday at his home outside Philadelphia.

Sigler worked with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff in developing a genre that blended soul, funk and big band styles, and cemented the city in the country’s musical landscape with its lush horn ensembles and smooth vocals.

Gamble says Sigler was one of the most talented songwriters and producers he ever worked with.

As a performer, Sigler was known for such hits as “Let the Good Times Roll & (Feel So Good).” His career spanned decades and saw collaborations with acts as varied as Patti LaBelle and Jay-Z.