We Remember 70 Soul Music Artists who died in 2020

One of our saddest jobs at SoulTracks is to inform SoulTrackers about the deaths of soul music artists. And 2020 was about as sad a year as we remember for the passings of music greats.

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)

One of our saddest jobs at SoulTracks is to inform SoulTrackers about the deaths of soul music artists. And 2020 was about as sad a year as we remember for the passings of music greats.

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 singer)


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)

Vaughan Mason (singer)

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

Sharon Paige of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

Reggie Haynes of The Escorts

Troy Sneed  (Gospel singer)

 Joseph B. Jefferson (songwriter)

Helen Jones Woods (historic bandleader)

David "Cowboy" Sanders of The Masqueraders

D.J. Rogers (singer)

Clarence Burke, Sr (father of The Five Stairsteps)

Bruce Williamson of the Temptations

Ronald "Khalis" Bell of Kool & The Gang

Danny Webster of Slave 

Edna Wright of The Honey Cone

Roy C (Southern Soul Singer)

Pamela Hutchinson of The Emotions

Georgia Dobbins Davis of The Marvelettes

Rocco Prestia of Tower of Power

Jimmy Williams (legendary bass guitarist)

Rance Allen (Gospel great)

Len Barry (singer)

Bruce Swedien (famed audio engineer)

Gordon Keith (music producer)

Buddy Banks of The Rude Boys

Richie Rome (Philadelphia producer and arranger)

Gwendolyn Oliver Wesley of The Ritchie Family

John Fletcher (aka Ecstasy) of Whodini

Kimberly Washington (noted radio personality)

Rudy Salas of Tierra

 
Song of the Month - Tatianna Mott - "Come Home"
Live Performance of the Week - Douyé - Once I Loved
Choice Cut - Will Preston - "Never Knew Love"

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