From The Grio — The author of the song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” — which helped pioneer sounds that would fuse to become rap — has died in New York City. Musician Gil Scott-Heron was 62.
A friend who answered the telephone listed for his Manhattan recording company confirms he died Friday afternoon at a hospital. Doris C. Nolan says he died after becoming sick upon returning from a European
Scott-Heron recorded “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” in the 1970s in Harlem.