Soul Music Deaths during 2014

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 2014, in the order of the date we reported on their deaths during the year. Each artist's name or picture 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 2014, in the order of the date we reported on their deaths during the year. Each artist's name or picture 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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