Soul Music Deaths in 2020

One of our saddest jobs at SoulTracks is to inform SoulTrackers about the deaths of soul music artists.  

We feel it is part of our mission to pay tribute to the legacies of these all time greats. On this page we provide a list of those artists who have died during 2020, 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 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.  

We feel it is part of our mission to pay tribute to the legacies of these all time greats. On this page we provide a list of those artists who have died during 2020, 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 is a link to our written tribute to him or her.

Rest in Peace, friends. 

 

  Martha Levert (mother of Gerald and Sean Levert)
  Robert Parker ("Barefootin'" singer)
  Toni Smith ("Funkin For Jamaica" singer)
  Ed Stroud (guitarist)
  Harold Beane (Funkadelic guitarist)
  Jeff Ramsey (singer and educator)
  Lyle Mays (jazz keyboardist)
  James Carmichael (Instant Funk lead singer0
  Trudy Melvin of Harold Melvin's Blue Notes
  McCoy Tyner (jazz pianist)
  Barbara Martin of the Supremes
  Mickey Atkins of Funkadelic 
  Skip Mahoney of The Casuals 
  Kenny Rogers (singer)
  James Mays of the VanDykes
  Sandy Anderson of Unlimited Touch
  Wallace Roney (trumpeter)
  Ronn Matlock (singer and songwriter)
  Bill Withers (singer and songwriter)
  Bill Randle (radio host)
  Patrick Gibson of the Gibson Brothers
  Onaje Allan Gumbs (jazz great)
  Bruni Pagan (disco star)
  Sweet Sable (singer)
  Larry Griffin of Serieux
  Eddie Cooley (singer and songwriter)
  Barney Ales (Motown executive)
  Nicole Mitchell (singer)
  Hamilton Bohannon (singer and producer)
  Sir Dean Gant (songwriter and producer)
  Bobby Lewis (singer)
  Sweet Pea Atkinson of Was (Not) Was
  Andre Harrell (Uptown Records founder)
  Little Richard (singer and songwriter)
  Betty Wright (singer)
  Wesley "Pike" Hall (of BT Express)
  Willie Wild Sparks of Graham Central Station
  Tyrone "The Bone" Proctor (Soul Train dancer)
  Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters
  Larome Powers (soul singer)
  Sandra Feva (singer)
  Eddie Ray Johnson of the GroovaLottos
  Louie Patton of Side Effect
  Marvin Brown of the Softones
   
   
   
 

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