Tony Thompson, a member of the 1990s R&B group Hi Five, was found dead Friday night of an apparent drug overdose, friends told the Waco Tribune-Herald. He was 31.
Thompson’s body was discovered at around 10 p.m. outside of an apartment complex in his native Waco, Texas.
Immediately following the signing of Hi Five to Jive Records in 1990, the group found success with their multi-platinum self-titled debut album, which featured the hit singles “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game),” “I Can’t Wait Another Minute,” and “Just Another Girlfriend.”
Two years later, the group scored with hits “She’s Playing Hard to Get” and “Quality Time.”
Thompson, who grew up in Oklahoma City, released a solo album, “Sexsational,” in 1995 following the breakup of Hi Five during the previous year. He reformed the band with four new members – including his little brother – in 2006 and released their album “The Return” on his own record label, N’Depth.
The singer had recently moved back to Waco from Dallas and was working on new material at the time of his death.
Speaking of Thompson’s new material, if you go to his MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/tonythompsonmusicpage) you can hear what he was working. One song that stands out is the incredibly groovealicious “Come Over.”
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Go to VH1 to see Hi Five’s video collection. Loved “I Like The Way (The Kissing Game) ” and “Never Should Have Let You Go.”
[youtube http://youtube.com/watch?v=7MvZe6IXTrs%5D “I Wanna Love Like That” was the jam! We LOVED Tony! May he rest in peace.