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.


HARVEY SCALES

Singer, musician and songwriter, most notably of the Johnnie Taylor hit, ‘Disco Lady’

b September 27, 1941, Osceola, AR, USA; d February 11, 2019, Milwaukee, W!, USA

Kidney failure and pneumonia

Recommended obituary:  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...

https://eu.jsonline.com/story/entertainment/music/2019/02/12/harvey-scales-milwaukee-godfather-soul-disco-lady-writer-dies/2847266002/

A feature on Harvey Scales appeared in ‘In The Basement’, issue #44


EDDIE GILES

Singer, musician and radio broadcaster, as well as a pastor of 25 years with the Salem Missionary Baptist Church

b March 17, 1938, Frierson, LA, USA; d February 6, 2019, Shreveport, LA, USA

Cause of death unconfirmed at present

Recommended obituary:  Shreveport Times...

https://eu.shreveporttimes.com/story/life/2019/02/07/shreveport-music-legend-eddie-giles-dies/2795254002

A feature on Eddie Giles appeared in ‘In The Basement’, issue #27


JAMES INGRAM

Singer/songwriter and session musician who collaborated with many, including Quincy Jones, Patti Austin and Michael McDonald

b February 16, 1952, Akron, OH, USA;  d January 29, 2019, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Brain cancer

Recommended obituary:  The Guardian...

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/jan/30/james-ingram-obituary


EDWIN BIRDSONG

Singer/songwriter/keyboardist and record producer

b August 22, 1941, Shreveport, LA, USA;  d January 21, 2019, Inglewood, CA, USA

Cause unknown

Recommended obituary:  New York Times...

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/29/obituaries/edwin-birdsong-dies.html


LARRY CUNNINGHAM

Floaters group member, principally notable for their hit, ‘Float On’

b 1953, Detroit, MI, USA; d January 10, 2019, Tucson, AZ, USA

Heart attack following a long illness

Recommended obituary:   Soul Tracks...

https://www.soultracks.com/story-larry-cunningham-dies


CLYDIE KING

In-demand backing singer, member of several groups including the Raelets and the Blackberries, noted support to Bob Dylan and,

most important, solo songstress in her own right

b August 21, 1943, Dallas, TX, USA; d January 7, 2019, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Cause of death unconfirmed but she had not been in the best of health for many years and, in 2007, was treated for cancer

Recommended obituary: Rolling Stone...

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/clydie-king-ray-charles-bob-dylan-singer-dead-777417/

A feature on Clydie King appeared in ‘In The Basement’, issue #46


NANCY WILSON

Jazz singer/song stylist and influence on many of the finest soul singers

b February 20, 1937, Chillicothe, OH, USA; d December 13, 2018, Pioneertown, CA, USA

Kidney cancer

Recommended obituary:   New York Times...

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/14/obituaries/nancy-wilson-dead-jazz-singer.html


TONY JOE WHITE

Swamp-rocker, blue-eyed soulster, singer/guitarist and songwriter, notable for composing ‘Rainy Night In Georgia’

b July 23, 1943, Oak Grove, LA, USA; d October 24, 2018, Nashville, TN, USA

Heart attack

Recommended obituary:   The Guardian...

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/oct/28/tony-joe-white-obituary


MELVIN RAGIN  (aka ‘WAH WAH WATSON’)

Prolific session guitarist and one-time member of the Funk Brothers

b December 8, 1950, Richmond, VA, USA; d October 24, 2018, Santa Monica, CA, USA

Cause of death unadvised but he had been hospitalised at time of death

Recommended obituary:  Rolling Stone...

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/wah-wah-watson-guitarist-deal-746962/


DON GARDNER

Singer, musician and latterly Executive Director of the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts

b May 9, 1931, Philadelphia, PA, USA; d September 4, 2018, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Cause of death unconfirmed but he had reportedly recently begin cancer treatment

Recommended obituary:  Philadelphia Inquirer...

http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/don-gardner-87-rhythm-blues-philadelphia-clef-club-jazz-20180909.html

A feature on Don Gardner appeared in ‘In The Basement’, issue #38


TONY CAMILLO

Songwriter/producer/arranger

b August 11, 1928, NJ, USA; d August 29, 2018, Hillsborough, NJ, USA

Cause unknown

Recommended obituary:  Billboard...

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/obituary/8473930/tony-camillo-midnight-train-to-georgia-producer-dead-90


EDDIE ‘CHANK’ WILLIS

Guitarist and original Motown ‘Funk Brother’

b June 3, 1936, Grenada, MS, USA; d August 20, 2018, Grenada, MS, USA

Long-term declining health

Recommended obituary:  Billboard...

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/obituary/8471293/eddie-willis-motown-funk-brothers-dead


DANNY PEARSON

Singer/songwriter

b January 6, 1953, Stonewall, MS, USA; d August 17, 2018, Stonewall, MS, USA

Liver cancer

Recommended obituary:  Mississipi Clarion Ledger...

https://eu.clarionledger.com/story/news/2018/08/18/r-b-singer-danny-pearson-dies-after-bout-liver-cancer/1031902002/


ARETHA FRANKLIN

‘The Queen Of Soul’

b March 25, 1942, Memphis, TN, USA; d August 16, 2018, Detroit, MI, USA

Pancreatic cancer

Recommended obituary:  The Guardian...

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/aug/16/aretha-franklin-obituary

 

THERYL ‘HOUSEMAN’ DeCLOUET

Singer/musician, former Galactic lead singer.

b September 17, 1951, New Orleans, LA, USA;  d July 15, 2018, New Orleans, LA, USA

Long-term health problems

Recommended obituary:  The Louisiana Weekly...

http://www.louisianaweekly.com/artist-theryl-the-houseman-declouet-dies/