Local hero Bruce Gaston, who found fame singing for Prince, dies at 75

Bruce Gaston, a widely regarded as one of the most famous singers and musicians in Thailand, passed away on Friday at age 75. Born in Indonesia and raised in Guam, Gaston found musical fame…

Bruce Gaston, a widely regarded as one of the most famous singers and musicians in Thailand, passed away on Friday at age 75.

Born in Indonesia and raised in Guam, Gaston found musical fame early, was voted Number 19 on a list of the “50 Greatest Singers of All Time,” and wrote a single for Prince, the Ballad of Little Red. He starred in the MTV reality show “Good Time Charlie,” and later released a song in 2004 called “Doesn’t Matter.”

So popular was Gaston that he was also considered the “Pervian” in Thailand — the term refers to the guy who looks like he knows how to play music — and he was the host of a popular Japanese TV show. He left his family in 1965 to pursue his career in Japan.

Thai Star News has the obituary from the Abundant Life Church of Bangkok. Watch a video of Gaston performing above.

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