Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Time to Say Farewell

As we say goodbye to a decade, we also must say farewell to some important singers/producers/musicians that passed in this decade.

Michael Jackson is of course the biggest goodbye. The King of Pop death came as a shock and left the music industry without a force. The coverage of Michael Jackson’s death was massive and rightfully so.

However, these other people should not go unmentioned. They have inspired, entertained, created and made an impact on music and people. If I missed anyone and I’m sure I have missed many that died in this decade please make a comment and write their names.

Luther Vandross
Gerald Levert
Sean Levert of LeVert
Johnny Carter of The Dells & Flamingos
Barry White
Billy Preston
Eugene Record of The Chi-Lites
Ray Charles
James Brown – Godfather of Soul
Bobby Byrd of The Famous Flames (James Brown background Singers)
Rev. Timothy Wright (Gospel Singer)
Anita O’Day (Jazz Singer)
Isaac Hayes
Fayette Pinkey of The Three Degrees
Wilson Pickett
Edwin Starr known for the song “War”
Dee Dee Warwick
Al Wilson known for the song “Show and Tell”
Timi Yuro – First Blue Eyed Soul Singer
Lou Rawls
Lyn Collins know for the James Brown produced song “Think (About it)”
Tyrone Davis
Nina Simone
Koko Taylor – Queen of Blues
Luther Ingram
Barbara McNair
Barbara Randolph
Erma Franklin – Aretha Franklin’s oldest sister and original singer of “Piece of My Heart”
Lionel Hampton – Jazz Musician
Lisa Left Eye Lopes of TLC
Peggy Lee – Jazz Singer
Hank Ballard
Izoran Armstead of the group The Weather Girls
Rick James
Doris Troy
Ahmet Ertegun – Founder of Atlantic Records
Jerry Wexler – Famed Soul Producer
Ruth Brown
Arif Mardin – Music Producer
June Pointer of the Pointer Sisters
King Floyd
Gene McFadden of McFadden & Whitehead
Shirley Horn – Jazz Singer
Willie Hutch
Renaldo Obie Benson of The Four Tops
Ronald Winans – Gospel Singer
Oscar Brown – Jazz Performer
Edward Roy Patten of Gladys Knight & The Pips
Freddie Hubbarb – Jazz Performer
Levi Stubbs of The Four Tops
Dino Connor of H-Town
Valorie Jones of The Jones Girls
Ruth Bowen – Music Agent
Zola Taylor of The Platters


  1. I was SO into Aaliyah's music when she passed away. I was devastated :-( Still miss her...

  2. I know Kizzy but they all live on through the music they made and inspired.