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.


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


ART NEVILLE

Singer/songwriter/keyboardist who worked both as a solo artist and a member of the Meters and the Neville Brothers.

b December 17, 1937, New Orleans, LA, USA; d July 22, 2019, New Orleans, LA, USA

Long-term declining health

Recommended obituary: The Guardian...

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/jul/28/art-neville-obituary


LENNY PAKULA

Keyboardist/arranger with Philadelphia’s Sigma Studio house band, MFSB.

b July 23, 1945, Philadelphia, PA, USA; d July 19, 2019, Feasterville-Trevose, PA, USA

Multiple illnesses brought about die to penury

Recommended obituary:   Bucks County Courier Times...

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/buckscountycouriertimes/obituary.aspx?n=leonard-pakula&pid=193456130


DAVE BARTHOLEMEW

Songwriter/producer/bandleader/musician and stalwart of the New Orleans music scene.

b December 24, 1918, Edgard, LA, USA; d June 23, 2019, New Orleans, LA, USA

Natural causes

Recommended obituary:   The Guardian...

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/jun/24/dave-bartholomew-taught-the-world-to-rock-n-roll-fats-domino


DR. JOHN

New Orleans’ singer/songwriter/musician, aka Malcolm ‘Mac’ Rebennack. 

b November 20, 1941, New Orleans, LA, USA; d June 6, 2019, New Orleans, USA

Heart attack.

Recommended obituary:  The Guardian...

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/jun/07/dr-john-obituary


WILLIE FORD

Co-founder and bass singer of the Dramatics. 

b July 10, 1950, LaGrange, GA, USA; d May 28, 2019, Detroit, IL, USA

Cause unknown

Recommended obituary:  Soul Tracks...

https://www.soultracks.com/story-willie-ford-dies


JOHN GARY WILLIAMS

Singer and founder member of Stax/Volt Records group, the Mad Lads (formerly the Emeralds) and also solo artist. 

b 1946, Memphis, TN, USA; d May 28, 2019, Memphis, TN, USA

Cause unknown

Recommended obituary:  Daily Memphian...

https://dailymemphian.com/article/5342/John-Gary-Williams-frontman-of-Staxs-The-Mad-Lads-dies-at-73

A feature on John Gary Williams appeared in ‘In The Basement’, issue #37


CHUCK BARKSDALE

Bass Singer and founder member of legendary group, the Dells (formerly the El Rays). 

b January 11, 1945, Chicago, IL, USA; d May 15, 2019, Chicago, IL, USA

Following a period of failing health

Recommended obituary:  Soul Tracks...

https://www.soultracks.com/story-chuck-barksdale-dies

A feature on the Dells, for which Chuck Barksdale was the spokesperson, appeared in ‘In The Basement’, issue #55


LOU JOHNSON

Singer and musician who led the way with his recordings of famous Burt Bacharach/Hal David songs. 

b February 11, 1941, New York City, NY, USA; d May 1, 2019, San Barnardino, CA, USA

Following a long period of ill health

Recommended obituary:  Ace Records...

https://acerecords.co.uk/news/2019/lou-johnson

A feature on Lou Johnson appeared in ‘In The Basement’, issue #40