50 Soul Music Stars who died during 2016

One of our saddest jobs at SoulTracks is to inform SoulTrackers about the deaths of soul music artists.  And 2016 was a devastating year, with the death of dozens of artists who were part of the fabric of our lives.

We feel it is part of our mission to pay tribute to the legacies of thest all time greats. On this page we provide a list of those artists who have died during 2016, and a link to our tributes to them. They are shown 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 written tribute to 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 2016 was a devastating year, with the death of dozens of artists who were part of the fabric of our lives.

We feel it is part of our mission to pay tribute to the legacies of thest all time greats. On this page we provide a list of those artists who have died during 2016, and a link to our tributes to them. They are shown 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 written tribute to him or her.

Rest in Peace, friends. 

 

Natalie Cole
Nicholas Caldwell of The Whispers
Otis Clay (blues legend)
   Norman Mayers (writer and multi-faceted artist)
   Clarence "Blowfly" Reid (singer and songwriter)
   Glenn Frey of The Eagles
   TJ Tindall (MFSB guitarist)
   Maurice White of Earth Wind & Fire
   Willie B Holland of The Persuaders
   Denise Matthews aka Vanity
   Gavin Christopher (singer and songwriter)
   Daryl Coley (Gospel great)
   Lee Andrews (Doo wop legend)
   Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest
   James Jamerson, Jr. (renowned bassist)
   Larry Payton of Brass Construction
   Leon Haywood (singer and songwriter)
   Doug Banks (radio legend)
   Prince
   Billy Paul (singer)
   Franklin Kennedy of Frankie and the Spindles
   Reginald Torian, Sr. of The Impressions
    Marshall "Rock" Jones of the Ohio Players
    Bernadette Randle (pianist)
    Nate Neblett (session drummer)
   Prince Be of PM Dawn
   Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns
   Jerome Teasley (Motown drummer)
   Bernie Worrell of Parliament-Funkadelic
   Sir Mack Rice (singer and songwriter)
   Allan Barnes of the Blackbyrds
   Kenny Kelly of Riff
   Jimmy Levine (musician and producer)
   David Camon (singer and songwriter)
   Toots Thielemans (legendary harmonica player)
   Edward "Dwight" Fields of the Manhattans
   Fred McFarlane (producer and musician)
   Clifford Curry (Southern Soul singer)
 Trisco Pearson of the Force MDs
   Kashif (singer, songwriter and producer)
   Little Royal Torrence (singer)
   Rod Temperton (legendary songwriter)
   Sonny Sanders (songwriter and producer)
   Larry "Bingo" Marcus of the Rude Boys
   Jimmy Williams of Double Exposure
   Victor Bailey of Weather Report
   Leon Russell (singer and songwriter)
   Rod Wayne of Blue Magic
   Sharon Jones (singer)
   Colonel Abrams (singer)
   Joe Ligon of the Mighty Clouds of Joy
   George Michael (singer and songwriter)
   Alphonse Mouzon (legendary drummer)
   
   
 Other Deaths

Gato Barbieri (jazz saxophonist)

David Bowie (rock singer) 

Cecil Bustamente Campbell (ska music star)

Bill Carey of the 4 Fellows

Leonard Cohen (songwriter and artist)

Frances Collins of the Crystals (aka Fatima Johnson)

Dennis Davis (drummer)

Keith Emerson (of Emerson, Lake & Palmer)

David Gest (producer)

Mic Gillette of Tower of Power

Merle Haggard (country singer)

BJ Jackson (Go Go musician)

Terry Johnson of the Mar-Keys

Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane

DJ Dave Mancuso

George Martin (Beatles' producer)

Scotty Moore (rock guitarist)

Bobby Peterson of the Magnetics/The Volumes

Lewie Steinberg of Booker T and the MGs

Robert Stigwood (manager and RSO label owner)

Bongo Eddie Folk of Kid Creole and the Coconuts

Troy Shondell (rock singer)

Eddie Sullivan of the Desideros

Joe Temperley (jazz saxophonist)

Rudy Van Gelder (audio engineer)

Papa Wemba (conga star)

 
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