50 Great Soul Music Artists Who Have Died in 2022

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    One of our saddest jobs at SoulTracks is to inform SoulTrackers about the deaths of soul music artists. And 2022 is a year in which we've already 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 2022, 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. 

     

    Nick Colionne (singer and guitarist)

    Jessie Lee Daniels of The Force MDs

    Calvin Simon of Parliament-Funkadelic

    One of our saddest jobs at SoulTracks is to inform SoulTrackers about the deaths of soul music artists. And 2022 is a year in which we've already 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 2022, 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. 

     

    Nick Colionne (singer and guitarist)

    Jessie Lee Daniels of The Force MDs

    Calvin Simon of Parliament-Funkadelic

    James Mtume (songwriter, producer and group leader)

    R. Dean Taylor (Motown songwriter and singer)

    Ronnie Spector (singer)

    Sonny Turner of the Platters

    Fred Parris of The Five Satins

    Rosa Lee Hawkins of The Dixie Cups

    Greg Webster, Sr of The Ohio Players

    Lew Kirton (singer)

    Freddie Hughes (singer)

    Philip Paul (drummer)

    Darrell Crooks (guitarist)

    Donny Gerrard of Skylark

    Syl Johnson (blues and soul singer)

    Johnny Brown (singer and actor)

    Betty Davis (singer)

    Clifton "Fou Fou" Eddie (drummer)

    David Tyson of the Manhattans

    Billy Bannister (Tempations emcee)

    Richard Pratt of Blue Magic

    Timmy Thomas (singer)

    John Barnes (keyboardist and producer)

    Lashun Pace of the Anointed Pace Sisters

    Donald Tabby Shaw of the Mighty Diamonds

    Lola Gulley (blues singer)

    Joe Messina (Motown musician)

    Charles McCormick of Bloodstone

    Andrew Woolfolk of Earth Wind & Fire

    Allan "Grip" Smith (musician and producer)

    Tommy McConnell of Skyy

    Bernard Wright (musician and singer)

    Phlenoid Dismuke of Smooth Approach

    Patrick Adams (producer and songwriter)

    Bernard Belle (songwriter and musician)

    Reggie Andrews (songwriter and producer)

    Ken Williams (songwriter)

    Adam Wade (singer and television personality)

    Reginald "Sonny" Burke (keyboardist and songwriter)

    William "Poogie" Hart of the Delfonics

    Michael Henderson  (singer and musician)

    Ida Pendergrass (mother of Teddy Pendergrass)

    Sam Gooden of The Impressions

    Lamont Dozier (Motown songwriter and producer)

    Creed Taylor (jazz producer and label exec)

    Mable John (singer)

    Inez Foxx (singer)

    Ramsey Lewis (jazz great)

    Jesse Powell (singer)

    Marva Hicks (singer and actress)

    Vernon Burch (singer and guitarist)