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.


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, 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/  


STAN LEWIS

‘The Record Man’ - owner of legendary Stan’s Record Shop in Shreveport, LA and founder of Jewel/Paula/Ronn Records.

b 1927, Shreveport, LA, USA;  d July 14, 2018, Ruston, LA, USA

Natural causes

Recommended obituary:  Shreveport Times...

https://eu.shreveporttimes.com/story/entertainment/2018/07/16/stan-record-man-lewis-tribute/787990002/


JOE VALENTINE

Singer/songwriter/producer

b February 3, 1937, New Orleans, LA, USA;  d July 13, 2018, Austin, TX, USA

Cause unknown


LOWRELL SIMON

Singer/songwriter, Lost Generation group founder/member and solo artist, Lowrell

b March 8, 1943, Chicago, IL, USA;  d June 19, 2018, Newton, MS, USA

Multiple health problems

Recommended obituary:  Soul Tracks...

https://www.soultracks.com/story-lowrell-simon-dies 


CLARENCE FOUNTAIN

Gospel singer, founder of the Blind Boys Of Alabama

b November 28,  1929, Selma, AL, USA;  d June 3, 2018, Baton Rouge, LA, USA

Compilations of diabetes

Recommended obituary:  New YorkTimes...

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/06/obituaries/clarence-fountain-88-dies-led-the-blind-boys-of-alabama.html


REGGIE LUCAS

Musician/songwriter/producer 

b February 25, 1953, Queens, NYC, USA;  d May 19, 2018, NYC, USA

Heart disease

Recommended obituary:  New York Times...

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/20/obituaries/reggie-lucas.html


CHARLES NEVILLE

Neville Brothers’ band member 

b December 28, 1938,  New Orleans, LA, USA;  d 26 April, 2018, MA, USA

Pancreatic cancer

Recommended obituary:  New York Times...

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/27/obituaries/charles-neville-of-the-neville-brothers-is-dead-at-79.html


REGINALD McARTHUR

Controllers’ lead singer

b September 25, 1954, Fairfield, AL, USA;  d April 19, 2018, Bessemer, AL, USA

Natural causes


YVONNE STAPLES

Staple Singers’ group member

b October 23, 1936, Chicago, IL, USA;  d April 10, 2018, Chicago IL, USA

Colon cancer

Recommended obituary:  New York Times...

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/10/obituaries/yvonne-staples-singers.html


RONALD DUNBAR

Songwriter/producer

b 1939, Detroit, MI, USA;  d April 4, 2018, Fresno, CA, USA

Cause unknown

Recommended obituary:  New York Times...

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/obituaries/ronald-dunbar-dies-producer-and-grammy-winning-songwriter.html