PHILADELPHIA: John Whitehead, a prominent R&B artist best known for the 1979 hit song “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now,” was shot and killed, police said. Whitehead, 55, was shot Tuesday while working on a vehicle with another man, police said. The assailant fled.

Whitehead was shot in the neck and collapsed; the other man was shot in the buttocks and taken to a hospital. Gene McFadden, who was Whitehead’s partner in the singing group McFadden & Whitehead, went to the scene of the shooting in the city’s West Oak Lane neighbourhood and stood there trembling.The two men formed a group called the Epsilons in their youth and were discovered by Otis Redding and toured with him in the 1960s. — AP