Lilian Lopez Lead Singer Of 70’s Group Odyssey Passes Away
Lillian Lopez, one of the founding members of the dance group Odyssey, passed away on Tuesday from cancer. She was 76.
Odyssey, the brainchild of sisters Lillian and Louise Lopez. Tony Reynolds came on board for their first album, Odyssey, which produced their biggest U.S. hit, Native New Yorker in 1977 along with the single Weekend Lover released the same year.
McEachern replaced Reynolds starting with the second album, Hollywood Party Tonight released in 1978. They never had another Pop or R&B hit in the U.S. but were well received in the U.K. with singles such as, Use It Up and Wear It Out went #1 on U.K charts in 1980, If You’re Lookin’ For a Way Out (1980/#8 U.K.), Going Back to My Roots (1981/#4 U.K.) and Inside Out (1982/#3 U.K.).
Lillian continued to tour Europe and the Middle East with Al Jackson and Steven Collazo as Odyssey until 2000 when she married Jackson and retired from the business. She went on to become an author, writing the books Bowling Green (2003) and Eight Short Stories For Children (2011).