Townsend, Townsend, Townsend & Rogers

True Love (Is A Terrible Thing To Waste)

Ed Townsend's last album was with his three sons from two marriages, David & Mike Townsend and David Rogers. This came out in 1979 on Chocolate City/Casablanca Records with again Rene Hall as arranger. On True Love Is a Terrible Thing To Waste the sharing of the vocals works well, other fine tracks are You Can and It's A Pleasure To Have Loved You.
Ed Townsend had come through an alcohol and drug addition period, the song Marvin Gaye used as Let's Get It On was originally a song about getting on with life after alcohol addiction and rehabilitation.

Before this album He had given the Impressions a No. 1 hit with I Finally Got Myself Together another rehab song (Amy Winehouse See - you're not on you're own). He wrote & produced some of the groups best 70's tracks; Sooner Or Later; Old Before My Time; First Impressions and many more.

One of his most memorable performances was on the "Doo Wop Gold" television series that featured many doo wop legends as they performed at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 16 and 17, 2000. DVDs of the event were sold as fund raisers for PBS stations nationwide.

Ed Townsend was married twice, had two sons and one daughter. He died on August 13, 2003 in San Bernardino, California at the age of 74 - we thank your for your music.

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