Soul Music Deaths during 2013

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    One of our saddest jobs at SoulTracks is to inform SoulTrackers about the deaths of soul music artists. And with so many great soul artists reaching an advanced age, it seems like we're doing this too often. On this page we provide a list of those artists who have died in 2013, in the order of the date we reported on their deaths during the year. Each artist's name is a link to our story on him or her. Rest in Peace, friends.

    One of our saddest jobs at SoulTracks is to inform SoulTrackers about the deaths of soul music artists. And with so many great soul artists reaching an advanced age, it seems like we're doing this too often. On this page we provide a list of those artists who have died in 2013, in the order of the date we reported on their deaths during the year. Each artist's name is a link to our story on him or her. Rest in Peace, friends.

       Terry Huff of Special Delivery 
       Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner of the Ohio Players
     

     Cecil Womack (singer and songwriter)

     

     Donald Byrd  (trumpeter and band leader)

       Damon Harris of the Temptations
       Cleotha ‘Cleedi’ Staples of The Staple Singers
       Richard Street of the Temptations
       Bobby Rogers of the Miracles
       Bobby Smith of the Spinners
       Deke Richards (Motown songwriter)
     

     Don Blackman (jazz and funk musician)

       Vince Montana, Jr(Philly musician and conductor)
       Richie Havens (legendary folk singer)
       Chris Kelly of the group Kris Kross
       Clarence Burke, Jr. of The Five Stairsteps
     and The Invisible Man's Band
       Marvin Junior of the Dells
       Tyrone Brunson (singer and bass player)
       Darondo (R&B and funk singer)
       Mary Love Comer (soul and gospel singer)
       Bobby "Blue" Bland (blues and soul singer)
       George Duke (keyboardist, producer and singer)
       Jackie Ivory (Motown keyboardist)
       Bobby Martin (Philly producer and arranger)
       Keith Crier of the group GQ
       Gloria Lynne (jazz singer)
       Al Johnson (singer, songwriter and producer)
       Chico Hamilton (drummer and bandleader)
       Oliver Cheatham (R&B singer)
       Grady Wilkins, musical director for the Whispers
       Ricky Lawson (drummer)
    Other Deaths 

     Romanthony (disc jockey, singer and producer)

     Forrest (singer)

     Puff Johnson (singer)

     Junior Murvin (reggae singer)

     Sam Pace of the Esquires

     Crawford Perry (drummer for the Joneses)

     Cedar Walton (jazz pianist)

     Lou Wilson of Mandrill