the SOUL BASEMENT 


In Memoriam
 
 

Remembering those in the soul (and associated crossover jazz and blues) genre who have passed over the last six months or so.


VAUGHAN MASON

Singer/songwriter/producer noted particularly for the Vaughan Mason & Crew 1980 dance hit, ‘Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll’.

b October 24, 1950, Chicago, IL, USA; d April 2, 2020, New York, NY, USA

Natural causes, although certain sources cite Covid-19 virus

Recommended obituary:  Rolling Stone...

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/vaughan-mason-bounce-rock-skate-roll-disco-funk-dead-obit-977911/


BILL WITHERS

Singer/songwriter noted particularly for ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ and ‘Lean On Me’.

b July 4, 1938, Slab Fork, WV, USA; d March 30, 2020, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Heart complications

Recommended obituary:  The Guardian...

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/apr/03/bill-withers-influential-soul-singer-dies-aged-81


SKIP MAHONEY

Front-man of Washington DC group, Skip Mahoney & the Casuals.

b Philadelphia, PA, USA; d March 20, 2020, USA

Cause unknown

Recommended obituary:  Soul Tracks...

http://soultracks.com/story-skip-mahoney-dies


[SIR] TED FORD

Southern soul singer.

b Horace Henry Ellis, January 21, 1948, Montgomery, AL, USA; d date and location currently unknown

Cause unknown


BARBARA MARTIN

Early member of the Primettes - having replaced Betty McGlown - who morphed into the Supremes.

b June 1, 1943, Detroit, MI, USA; d March 4, 2020, Detroit, MI, USA

Cause unknown


ROBERT PARKER

Singer/songwriter best known for the international hit, ‘Barefootin’’.

b October 14, 1930, New Orleans, LA, USA; d January 19, 2020, New Orleans, LA, USA

Natural causes

Recommended obituary:  Best Classic Bands...

https://bestclassicbands.com/robert-parker-obituary-singer-1-20-20/


LORRAINE CHANDLER

Singer and songwriter, best known for her work with Jack Ashford’s Pied Piper Productions. 

b (Ermastine Lewis) April 26, 1946, Detroit, MI, USA; d January 2, 2020, Detroit, MI, USA

Cause unknown

Recommended obituary:  SoulandJazzandFunk...

http://soulandjazzandfunk.com/news/6690-lorraine-chandler-dies-html


FARRIS LANIER JR.

Lead singer/founding member of the Jacksonians and Lanier & Co.

b January 23, 1949, Jackson, TN, USA; d November 21, 2019, Jackson, TN, USA

Long-term ill health

Recommended obituary:  Stephenson-Shaw Funeral Home...

https://www.stephenson-shaw.com/obituaries/Farris-Lanier/#!/Obituary


[WEE] WILLIE WALKER

Soul/blues singer who remained active until his passing and a regular popular performer at the annual Porretta Soul Festival. 

b December 21, 1941, Hernando, MS, USA; d November 19, 2019, St. Paul, MN, USA

Natural causes

Recommended obituary:  Blues Matters...

https://www.bluesmatters.com/r-i-p-wee-willie-walker

A feature on Wee Willie Walker appeared in ‘In The Basement’, issue #29


JACKIE MOORE

Southern songstress perhaps best known for the international dance hit, ‘This Time Baby’. 

b January 1, 1946, Jacksonville, FL, USA; d November 8, 2019, USA

Cause unknown

A feature on Jackie Moore appeared in ‘In The Basement’, issue #39


GEORGE CHAMBERS

Singer/bassist and oldest member of the soul band, the Chambers Brothers.

b September 26, 1931, Flora, MS, USA;  d October 12, 2019, USA

Cause unknown

Recommended obituary:  Rolling Stone...

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/george-chambers-chambers-brothers-dead-obituary-898503/


DIAHANN CARROLL

Singer/actress.

b July 17, 1935, New York City, NY, USA;  d October 4, 2019, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Cancer

Recommended obituary:  The Guardian...

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/oct/04/diahann-carroll-obituary


CLAY McMURRAY

Songwriter/producer principally acknowledged for his work in the heyday years of Motown Records.

b July 4, 1953, Detroit, MI, USA; d September 6, 2019, Detroit, MI, USA

Further information not yet available


JIMMY JOHNSON

Guitarist and co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.

b February 4, 1943, Sheffield, AL, USA;  d September 5, 2019, Florence, AL, USA

Kidney failure

Recommended obituary:  The Guardian...

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/sep/06/muscle-shoals-sound-studio-co-founder-jimmy-johnson-dies


DONNIE FRITTS

Songwriter and session musician in the fields of both southern soul and country.

b November 11, 1972, Florence, AL, USA;  d August 27, 2019, Birmingham, AL, USA

Long-term health issues