Creadel Jones was one of the original members of the Chi-Lites, a popular R&B/soul vocal group from Chicago, Illinois. He was known for his distinctive bass voice, which added a unique flavor to the group’s harmonies and hits. He was also a talented guitarist and songwriter, who contributed to some of the group’s songs. However, his life and career were cut short by a mysterious and violent death in 1994. What happened to Creadel Jones, and what was the cause of his death? Here is what we know.
The Rise and Fall of the Chi-Lites
The Chi-Lites were formed in 1959 at Hyde Park Academy High School in Chicago, where most of the members attended. The original lineup consisted of singers Robert Lester, Eugene Record, Creadel Jones, Clarence Johnson, Burt Bowen, Eddie Reed and Marshall Thompson. The group went through several name changes and personnel changes before settling on the Chi-Lites in 1964, as a tribute to their hometown. Eugene Record was the group’s main songwriter and lead singer, while Creadel Jones provided the deep bass vocals.
The group signed with Brunswick Records in 1968 and achieved their greatest success in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They scored eleven Top Ten R&B hits from 1969 to 1974, including “Give It Away”, “(For God’s Sake) Give More Power to the People”, “Have You Seen Her”, “Oh Girl” and “A Letter to Myself”. They also had 21 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Chart, and had chart hits in Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada. They were known for their smooth soul sound, their social commentary lyrics and their stylish outfits.
However, by the mid-1970s, the group’s popularity began to decline due to changing musical trends, internal conflicts and financial problems. Eugene Record left the group in 1976 to pursue a solo career, while Creadel Jones also left in 1973 and was replaced by Stanley Anderson. Jones briefly returned to the group in 1980, but left again in 1988. The group continued to perform and record with various members until the present day, but never regained their former glory.
The Mystery of Creadel Jones’ Death
Creadel Jones died on August 25, 1994 at the age of 53 in Glendale, California. However, the circumstances surrounding his death are unclear and controversial. According to some sources, he was murdered by the Mafia, as a result of a family feud and abuse. According to others, he died of natural causes or complications from diabetes. His death certificate does not specify the cause of death, but lists it as “unknown”.
According to his daughter Angela Jones, who claimed to be his biological child from an affair he had with her mother in 1969, he was killed by a hitman hired by his wife Deborah Jones. Angela alleged that Deborah was abusive and greedy, and that she wanted to get rid of Creadel to inherit his royalties from the Chi-Lites’ songs. Angela also claimed that Deborah prevented her from seeing her father or attending his funeral.
However, Deborah Jones denied these accusations and said that Angela was not Creadel’s daughter at all. She said that Creadel had a vasectomy before he met Angela’s mother, and that he never acknowledged Angela as his child. She also said that Creadel died peacefully at home after suffering from diabetes for years. She said that she loved him and took care of him until his last breath.
The truth about Creadel Jones’ death may never be known for sure, as there is no conclusive evidence or witnesses to support either side of the story. His fans and friends can only remember him for his musical legacy and his contribution to the Chi-Lites’ history.
Creadel Jones was a talented singer, guitarist and songwriter who was part of one of the most successful R&B/soul groups of all time: the Chi-Lites. He was known for his deep bass voice that added depth and character to the group’s harmonies and hits. However, his life ended tragically and mysteriously in 1994, leaving behind a cloud of doubt and controversy over his cause of death. Whether he was murdered or died naturally remains a mystery that may never be solved. However, his music lives on and continues to inspire generations of soul lovers around the world.