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.


BONNIE POINTER

Solo singer and original member of the Pointer Sisters.

b July 11, 1950, Oakland, CA, USA; d June 8, 2020, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Heart attack

Recommended obituary:  Rolling Stone...

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/bonnie-pointer-dead-pointer-sisters-obit-1011816/


BETTY WRIGHT

Singer/songwriter, born Bessie Regina Norris.

b December 21, 1953, Miami, FL, USA; d May 10, 2020, Miami, FL, USA

Cancer

Recommended obituary:  The Guardian...

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/may/11/betty-wright-obituary


HILLARD ‘SWEET PEA’ ATKINSON

Singer and one-time led vocalist for the group, Was (Not Was).

b September 20, 1945, Oberlin, OH, USA; d May 5, 2020, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Heart attack

Recommended obituary:  Rolling Stone...

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/sweet-pea-atkinson-was-not-was-singer-dead-obituary-995252/


HAMILTON BOHANNON

Drummer/songwriter/singer, one-time Motown staffer and regular drummer for Stevie Wonder.

b March 7, 1942, Newnan, GA, USA; d April 24, 2020, Newnan, GA, USA

Cause unknown

Recommended obituary:  New York Times...

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/02/arts/music/hamilton-bohannon-dead.html


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/


RONN MATLOCK

Singer/songwriter.

b September 15, 1947, Hamtramck, MI, USA; d April 1, 2020, Detroit, MI, USA

Cause unknown


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