Soul Music Deaths during 2014

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     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 2014, 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.

     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 2014, 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.

       Ronny Jordan (jazz guitarist)
       Beloyd Taylor (singer/songwriter)
       Anna Gordy Gaye (Motown legend)
       Gwen Avery (blues and gospel singer)
       William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke of Third World
       Stevie Woods (pop and soul singer)
       Floyd Taylor (blues singer)
       Frank Reed of the Chi-Lites
       Charles Love of Bloodstone
       Wayne Henderson of the Jazz Crusaders
       Frankie Knuckles (House Music pioneer)
       Gil Askey - Motown musician and arranger
       Deon Jackson - 60s soul singer
       Alfie Davison - Singer and songwriter
       DJ E-Z RockRap performer
       Jessica Cleaves - Singer (Earth Wind & Fire, 
           The Friends of Distinction)
       Gabe Vigorito - Producer and De-Lite Label owner
       Ralph Pruitt of the Fantastic Four
       Jimmy Scott - Jazz vocalist
       Don Davis - Record producer and guitarist
       Casey Kasem - Broadcasting legend
       Bobby Womack - Singer and songwriter
       Tunde Ra Aleem - singer and keyboardist
       Jimi Jamison of Survivor
       Joe Sample - Legendary jazz pianist
       Augie Johnson of Side Effect
       Henry "Big Bank Hank" Jackson of the Sugar Hill Gang
       Jimmy Ruffin - Motown singer
       Frances Nero - Singer
       Shirley Mae Silvers, matriarch of The Sylvers family
       Winfred "Blue" Lovett of the Manhattans
       Sonny Bivins of the Manhattans
       Joe Cocker (rock and soul singer)
       
       
       
    Other Deaths: 

     Johnny Allen (Motown pianist and arranger)

     Jo Jo Benson (singer)

     Jack Bruce of Cream

     Cubie Burke of the Five Stairsteps

     Lynsey de Paul (singer)

     Paul Goddard (Atlanta Rhythm Section guitarist)

     Gerry Goffin (songwriter)

     Tim Hauser of the Manhattan Transfer

     Teenie Hodges (guitarist)

     John Holt (reggae star)

     Charles Hearndon (guitarist for The New Birth)

     Linda Hornbuckle (blues singer)

     Herb Jeffries - (Jazz singer)

     Raymond Johnson - (Keyboardist for The Dramatics)

     Glenn LaRusso (Salsoul Records exec)

     Cosimo Matassa - (Recording engineer)

     Idris Muhammad (famed drummer)

     Sista Monica Parker (soul/blues singer)

     Larry Ramos of the Association

     Wendy Rene (singer)

     Horace Silver (jazz pianist)

     Vernon Slaughter (music executive)

     Larry Smith (Rap producer)

     Henry Stone (record executive)

     Johnny Winter 

     

     

     

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