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Angela Bofill, Iconic R&B Singer of “I Try” and “This Time I’ll Be Sweeter,” Dies at 70

Angela Bofill, Iconic R&B Singer of "I Try" and "This Time I'll Be Sweeter," Dies at 70

Angela Bofill, celebrated for her soulful hits like “I Try,” “This Time I’ll Be Sweeter,” and “Angel of the Night,” passed away at the age of 70. The news of her death was confirmed by her friend and representative, Rich Engel, who shared the announcement on her Facebook page.

Born on May 2, 1954, in Brooklyn to a Cuban father and Puerto Rican mother, Bofill rose to prominence in the 1970s with her distinctive voice and captivating performances. Her debut album, “Angie,” released in 1978 under GRP Records, featured the acclaimed track “This Time I’ll Be Sweeter.”

Throughout her career, Bofill released several albums that left an indelible mark on the R&B and jazz genres, including “Angel of the Night” and “Too Tough,” the latter yielding the hit “I’m On Your Side.” Despite facing health challenges following strokes in 2006 and 2007, which affected her speech and mobility, she remained an inspirational figure in music.

Bofill’s influence extended beyond her music, earning her induction into the Women Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2023. Known for her resilience and passion for performing, she made a notable comeback in 2011 after a hiatus, expressing joy in reconnecting with her audience.

Her funeral is scheduled for June 28 at St. Dominic’s Church in Vallejo, California, where she passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home. Angela Bofill is survived by her husband, Chris Portuguese, and daughter, Shauna Bofill.

Sheila E., the iconic percussionist, paid tribute to Bofill, reflecting the sentiment shared by many who admired her talent and spirit. Angela Bofill leaves behind a legacy cherished by fans worldwide, defined by her soul-stirring music and enduring impact on the music industry.

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