September 27, 1948 - June 29, 2005. He was a singer, songwriter, composer and lead singer in The Herb McQuay Show, popular in the Reno/Tahoe/Sacramento area. Herb was born in New York City, started singing at age two, and began his singing career in church and school glee clubs. Soon after, he performed doo-wop with his vocal group, The Telstars, on Harlem street corners. This experience led to appearances at The Apollo Theatre, The Cotton Club and various other New York venues. McQuay studied music education at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. As a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, he entertained troops around the world in Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, and Germany. After the service, Herb entertained throughout Europe. In New Zealand, he recorded singles plus his first album "You Are the One." Since returning to the United States in 1986, Herb had been touring this country with his band "The Herb McQuay Show." In addition, the Hey Herb television show was being shown locally in Reno and Sacramento. Herb McQuay, 56, died suddenly on June 29, 2005 while on tour in Reno, NV. Herb is pre-deceased by his beloved wife Thomasina McQuay and is survived by his mother, Omega McQuay, son Shareem Jones and his fiance Jozee, son Herbie McQuay and his wife Jessica, grandchildren Malik Jones, Dajanera Jones, Kyran McQuay, Maliyah McQuay, friend Mary Sullivan, relatives in the New York City area and a host of friends around the world. Herb will be deeply missed by all who had the spirit-filled fortune to cross his path, and he is now singing with the angels! Funeral services will be held 3:00 pm, Friday, July 8 at Thompson Funeral Home, 3601 Fifth Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95817, 916-455-3038. Visitation viewing will be 1-5, Thursday, July 7. Friends and fans are also invited to say farewell to Herb on his website at www.heyherb.com/guestbook.html.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 7/6/2005.