We remember 40 Soul Music Artists who have died in 2021

One of our saddest jobs at SoulTracks is to inform SoulTrackers about the deaths of soul music artists. And 2021 is a year in which we've lost some great ones.

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 2021, 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.

George Buonocore of New Shades of Soul

Winfield Parker (soul and gospel singer)

Edgar "Gemini" Porter of Men at Large

One of our saddest jobs at SoulTracks is to inform SoulTrackers about the deaths of soul music artists. And 2021 is a year in which we've lost some great ones.

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 2021, 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.

George Buonocore of New Shades of Soul

Winfield Parker (soul and gospel singer)

Edgar "Gemini" Porter of Men at Large

James Purify  (singer)

Jerry Lubbock  (songwriter and arranger)

Danny Ray (of James Brown's band)

Gil Saunders of Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes 

Bruce Hawes (Philadelphia soul songwriter)

Douglas Grigsby (Teena Marie's Music Director)

James Burke of The Five Stairsteps

George Phillips, Jrof Starpoint

Bunny Wailer (reggae legend)

Reggie Warren of Troop

Jeffrey Reeves of KC and the Sunshine Band

Patrick Juvet (disco singer)

Willie Schofield of The Falcons

Robert Bip Neal of Faze-O

Lou Wilson (soul singer)

Mark Bubba Bynum of the Bar-Kays

Lloyd Price (singer)

Wondress (singer)

Pervis Staples of the Staple Singers

Johnny Trudell (bandleader)

Al Kent (soul star)

Catherine Wilson (sister of Mary Wilson)

Walter L. Jones of Enchantment

Dean Parrish (singer)

James Dukes Jr. of Heaven and Earth

Barbara Dozier (wife of Lamont Dozier)

Sam Reed (soul and jazz singer)

Biz Markie (rapper)

Dennis Thomas of Kool and the Gang

Bruce Conte of Tower of Power

Sam Salter (singer)

Melvin Dunlap (R&B bass player)

Leonard "Doc" Gibbs (jazz and R&B drummer)

 

 

 

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