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Pictured above is the final issue of ‘In The Basement’ in tangible format - #65, Spring 2012  - 80 pages packed, as ever, with artist features, news, reviews, gig reports, obituaries and much, much more.  A very limited number of copies of this and certain other back issues are still available.  For details of contents and how to purchase, please click on the header.


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Former Contours member and Temptations’ lead singer, Dennis Edward, later a successful solo artist, has passed surrounded by certain controversial rumours.  His death, which occurred at Mercy Hospital, Chicago on February 1, 2018 came just two days short of his 75th birthday.  Initial reports merely stated he had been in Chicago for rehabilitation and had been ill for several months following a stroke suffered in St. Louis last year.  (  However, his wife, Brenda Edwards, who had been responsible for moving him from St. Louis to a luxury apartment in Chicago, reported his death was due to complications from meningitis.  An autopsy was subsequently carried out leading to investigations by the Chicago police and it has transpired that an emergency protection order had been filed in January by the Health Care Consortium of Illinois alleging neglect and abuse at the hands of the singer’s wife, who has denied such allegations.  (  A memorial service for Dennis Edwards was held on February 11, at Faith Miracle Temple in St. Louis, attended by Temptations’ members, Otis Williams, Ron Tyson and Theo Peoples.  A further service was held at the Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit on February 17 and members of the Contours, the Miracles and the Velvelettes were among the attendees.  (  Police investigations continue at the time of this post.


As if 2017 was not bad enough for passings, the first two weeks of 2018 have seen no less than five deaths of soul-related performers. 

Betty Willis, who recorded singles in the sixties for Rendezvous, Phi-an and Mojo, died in disturbing circumstances in the early hours of New Year’s Day, as reported by CBS News -  Sir Shambling’s revered Deep Soul Heaven site carries a Betty Willis page at

Rick Hall, legendary southern soul songwriter/producer whose name has been synonymous with FAME Studios, continued the roll call on January 2, 2018, finally losing a fight with prostate cancer and dying at his home, aged 85.  An excellent set of tributes/remembrances can be found on Ace Records (UK) website at

Southern soul lost another big name with the departure of singer/songwriter, Denise LaSalle on January 8, 2018, aged 78.  She was surrounded by friends and family in hospital in Jackson, TN.  Recently dogged by heart-related problems, she suffered a fall in October 2017, complications from which resulted in the necessity for a leg amputation.  A fulsome obituary was published in the New York Times - - while a lengthy feature on Denise appeared in issue #36 of ‘In The Basement’ magazine.

Danny Woods, Chairmen Of The Board member, solo artist and, more recently, the front-man for Danny Woods & the Board Of Directors, died on January 13, 2018, aged 73.  An obituary has appeared on the Soul Tracks website at

Edwin Hawkins, gospel star whose arrangement of ‘Oh Happy Day’, credited to the Edwin Hawkins Singers, put the musical genre on the map worldwide, died, aged 74, at his home in Pleasanton, CA on January 15, 2018.  He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.  An obituary appeared on the UK ‘Independent’ website -