A TRIBUTE TO LFO’S RICH CRONIN

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


Just two weeks after his 35th birthday, Rich Cronin, the lead singer/songwriter of LFO fame passed away yesterday. Cronin suffered a stroke after a long battle with leukemia.

I had the pleasure of seeing Cronin and the boys of LFO last year in an intimate concert here in Manhattan and even when Cronin appeared to be frail, his spirit and love for all of us fans surrounding him never seemed to dissipate. It was apparent that the light for what he loved to do would never go out.

Cronin (who was born/raised on the outskirts of Boston) formed the Lyte Funky Ones AKA LFO in the late ’90s with best friends Brad Fischetti and Devin Lima. Their self-titled debut became a smash and the instantly catchy Summer Girls was an overnight sensation, selling millions of copies and landing the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales chart.

LFO never once proclaimed to be deep, nor were they trying to be but what many do not realize is that Cronin was a gifted songwriter, one that helped pave the way for LFO’s burst of mainstream success.

My favorite part of Summer Girls:

You come from Georgia where the peaches grow
They drink lemonade and speak real slow
You love hip hop and rock n roll
Dad took off when you were 4 years old
There was a good man named Paul Revere
I feel much better baby when you’re near
You love fun dip and Cherry Coke
I like the way you laugh when I tell a joke

Do you have a favorite line?

He will be missed!

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