RIP George "Pops" Chambers of the Chambers Brothers

Bob "The Bear" Hite and Canned Heat are joined onstage by the Chambers Brothers at Chet Helms' Tribal Stomp on October 1, 1978 at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty Images)
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Bob "The Bear" Hite and Canned Heat are joined onstage by the Chambers Brothers at Chet Helms' Tribal Stomp on October 1, 1978 at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, CA. George is wearing the striped shirt (Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty Images)

George "Pops" Chambers, bassist and vocalist of the Chambers Brothers, has passed away at the age of 88.

"To all our fans, friends and loved ones, I was informed this morning at about 5:00 am, that my brother George, known as "Pops" Chambers has passed," the group shared on their Facebook page. "We thank you for all your years of Love Peace and Happiness."

The Chambers Brothers are best known for the 1968 hit, "Time Has Come Today." George along with his brothers Willie, Lester and Joe started as a gospel group in Mississippi, going on to connect with Pete Seeger in 1965, who invited the group to the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.

"Time Has Come Today" was the band's only big hit, but they made the most of the moment, taking the tune right to the edge of the top 10. It peaked at #11 for more than a month in the fall of 1968. The song showcases the group's ability to blend soul, psychedelic rock, and folk, combining the grit of CCR with the improvisational feel of the Grateful Dead.

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