- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - Rufus McKay, a lead vocalist for the popular dance band The Red Tops, died Sunday in Vicksburg. He was 87.

River Region Health System in Vicksburg spokeswoman Leigh White says McKay died Sunday at the hospital. The cause of death was not released. Funeral arrangements are pending. There was no immediate list of survivors.

Between 1953 and 1974 the Vicksburg-based Red Tops entertained dancers with their distinctive mix of blues, jazz, and pop. McKay’s rendition of “Danny Boy” was a crowd favorite.

The Red Tops stopped performing regularly in the mid-‘70s but reunited on a number of special occasions.

McKay moved to Las Vegas and sang with Stanley Morgan’s Ink Spots and other vocal groups before returning to Vicksburg in 2000.



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