Opal Courtney Jr., 71, passed away from a heart attack in Gary, Indiana. Courtney was an original member of the R&B group The Spaniels. The Spaniels, including Courtney, had big hits with songs like "Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight" and "Baby, It's You." Testimonials poured in following his death:
"He had a real high tenor voice," said Gary's Willie C. Jackson, an original Spaniel.
"His voice always cut through; it was very clear," noted Gary's Wilton Crump, a latter-day singer and musical director for the Spaniels.