DJ Vaughn Harper of ‘Quiet Storm’ Dies at 71

Vaughn Harper was 71. (BAT/BAT VIA GETTY IMAGES)
Vaughn Harper was 71. (BAT/BAT VIA GETTY IMAGES)

Legendary DJ Vaughn Harper, whose velvety voice soothed listeners of his “Quiet Storm” radio show for more than three decades, has died. He was 71.

Vaughn’s death was confirmed by WBLS, the station where he first started working in 1976.

A native New Yorker, Harper’s on-air style was as smooth as the soulful slow jams he played on his pioneering show.

Harper and fellow host Champaine launched the “Quiet Storm” in the early 1980s — and his voice soon became a signature of WBLS.

“Sorry to hear we lost another NYC radio Legend.. RIP #VaughnHarper,” DJ Spinderella tweeted. “Babies were made to the ‘Quiet Storm.’”

Harper almost lost his voice in 1993 after suffering a stroke. But he bounced back — doing stints at WBGO, WWRL and WTJM — before returning to WBLS.

He remained at the station until 2008, amassing numerous accolades.

“The @WBLS1075NYC has lost one of the most iconic members of our family,” the station tweeted. “RIP Vaughn Harper.”

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SOURCE: New York Daily News
Rich Schapiro