We remember 50 Soul Music Artists who died in 2021

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    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)

    Mary Wilson of The Supremes

    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)

    Sarah Dash of Labelle

    Andrea Martin (singer and songwriter)

    Dr. Lonnie Smith (blues and jazz musician)

    Kuipiio Livingston (Gospel singer)

    Julia Nixon (singer)

    Dion Estus (singer and musician)

    Regi Hargis of Brick

    Tommy DeBarge of Switch

    William Shelby of Lakeside and Dynasty

    Ronnie Wilson of the Gap Band 

    Evette Benson (Philadelphia soul singer)

    Marilyn McLeod (singer and noted songwriter)

    Robbie Shakespeare of Sly & Robbie

    Ralph Tavares of Tavares

    Joe Simon (soul singer)

    Wanda Young of The Marvelettes

    Kangol Kid of U.T.F.O.

    Paul Mitchell of The Floaters

     
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