Walter ‘Bunny’ Sigler, 76; helped create 1970s Philly Sound

Mr. Sigler collaborated with acts as varied as Patti LaBelle and Jay-Z.
Matt Slocum/Associated Press/File 2009
Mr. Sigler collaborated with acts as varied as Patti LaBelle and Jay-Z.

PHILADELPHIA — Walter ‘‘Bunny’’ Sigler, a singer, songwriter, and producer who helped create ‘‘The Sound of Philadelphia’’ in the 1970s, died of a heart attack Friday at his home outside Philadelphia. He was 76.

Mr. Sigler worked with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff in developing a genre that blended soul, funk, and big band styles and cemented the city in the country’s musical landscape with its lush horn ensembles and smooth vocals.

Gamble said Mr. Sigler was one of the most talented songwriters and producers he ever worked with and ‘‘more importantly, he was like family to us.’’


As a performer, Mr. Sigler was known for such hits as ‘‘Let the Good Times Roll & (Feel So Good).’’

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In a 2008 interview with National Public Radio, Gamble said he, Huff, and Mr. Sigler also performed background vocals on some songs, including the chart-topping ‘‘If You Don’t Know Me by Now,’’ recorded by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.

His career spanned decades and saw collaborations with acts as varied as Patti LaBelle and Jay-Z.

Mr. Sigler ‘‘spent his life using his talents to bring love and joy to others and for that we are all grateful!’’ LaBelle tweeted.

Remick said he worked right up to the end, posting songs and music videos on his YouTube channel as recently as August even as health issues kept him hospitalized for long stretches of time.


Mr. Sigler leaves his wife, Martha, and two children.

Funeral arrangements were pending.