'What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others'. Pericles (495 - 429 b.c.)
b. Jerome E. Lawson, 23rd January 1944, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.
d. 10th July 2019, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.
The lead singer of the group the Persuasions, Jerome Lawson, has died. Jerome was 75.
He was also a producer and musical arranger.
Jerome hailed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
More recently he resided in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, Julie.
During the Seventies, Jerome was the lead singer of the Persuasions during a five album period, which saw all five in the Billboard Top 100.
In 2003 he and his wife moved to Arizona, leaving his singing career for a while.
In 2004, Jerome became lead singer in the group Talk of the Town (along with Rayfield Ragler, Stan Lockwood, Paul Carrington and Carl Douglas).
In 2007 the group released the album ‘Jerry Lawson & Talk of the Town’.
In 2005, as a response to Hurricane Katrina, Jerome performed with Rod Stewart for a Katrina Benefit Telecast.
In 2008, during the US presidential campaign, Jerome and Talk of the Town performed in a tribute to then presidential candidate Barack Obama.
b. João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira, 10th June 1931, Juazeiro, Bahia, Brazil
d. 6th July 2019, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The singer, songwriter and guitarist, João Gilberto, has died. João was 88.
He was an early pioneer of the style of music known as bossa nova during the late Fifties.
João’s first recordings were released in Brazil between 1951 and 1959.
His father misunderstood the young João, and had him committed to a mental hospital.
He was quickly released and began an association with the artist, Antônio Carlos Jobim.
He was signed to several labels, later taking legal action against EMI over their reissue of several of his early works, which he felt had been poorly remastered.
In 2000, he won the nomination for the Best World Music Album category in the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards for his work in the album ‘João Voz E Violão’.
In 2017, João received an honorary doctorate in music from Columbia University.
Also in 2017, his daughter, Bebel Gilberto, sought control of his financial affairs relating to his declining mental state and his money concerns.
b. David Louis Bartholomew, 24th December 1918, Edgard, Louisiana, U.S.A.
d. 23rd June 2019, East Jefferson General Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.
The American musician, bandleader, composer, arranger and record producer, has died. David was 100.
He had been hospitalized and died of heart failure in New Orleans.
David was a huge influence on music in New Orleans through much of the 20th century.
He began his career as a trumpeter, performing Rhythm and blues, Big band, Swing music, rock and roll, New Orleans jazz and Dixieland.
As a songwriter, David wrote many classics on R&B and Rock music, including ‘Ain't That a Shame’, ‘I Hear You Knocking’, ‘Blue Monday’, ‘I’m Walkin', ‘My Ding-A-Ling’ and ‘One Night’.
Fats Domino produced some of David’s greatest successes.
In the Fifties, the pair wrote more than forty hits for Imperial Records.
He also worked for Trumpet Records and Mercury Records, before establishing his own label, Broadmoor Records, in 1967.
David was a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1998, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, as well as being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
During his career, David wrote songs for the likes of Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, Brenda Lee, Georgie Fame, The Rolling Stones, The Four Seasons, Tami Lynn, Al Wilson and the Animals, amongst others.
Survivors include his wife, Rhea Bartholomew; five sons, Dave Jr., Don, Ron and Darrell Bartholomew, and Alvin LeBeau, all of New Orleans; three daughters, Deborah Hubbard and Diane Wilson, both of New Orleans; and Jacqueline Temple of Atlanta; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
b. Malcolm John Rebennack, 20th November 1941, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.
d. 6th June 2019, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.
The American singer and songwriter, Dr. John, has died. He was 77.
Dr. John had suffered a heart attack.
During his career, he was well known for his theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies.
Dr. John recorded 32 studio albums and 6 live albums.
In 1973 he achieved a top-10 hit with his best remembered song ‘Right Place, Wrong Time’.
During his life he suffered from heroin addiction, however, he completed his rehabilitiation.
He won six Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by singer John Legend in 2011.
b. Willie Lee Ford, Jr., 10th July 1950, LaGrange, Georgia, U.S.A.
d. 28th May 2019, U.S.A.
Willie Ford of The Dramatics has passed away. He was 68.
Willie died at his home in Detroit.
His funeral date is set for Wednesday the 12th of July.
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b. John Gary Williams, 1946, Memphis Tennesee, U.S.A.
d. 28th May 2019, Memphis, Tennesee, U.S.A.
John Gary Williams, the lead singer for the group The Mad Lads has died. He was 73.
John died at his home in Memphis. The exact time and cause of his death are not currently known.
He formed the group with William Brown, Julius Green and Robert Phillips in Memphis.
The recorded for Stax Record's Volt imprint.
The Mad Lads had several songs on the Billboard R&B chart in the Sixties.
These included ‘I Want a Girl’ and ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’.
John had been was drafted into military service and served in the Vietnam War.
He recorded as a solo artist in the Seventies.
b. Melvin Edmonds, 2nd November 1954, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.
d. 18th May 2019, U.S.A.
The singer and songwriter, Melvin Edmonds, has died. Melvin was 64.
The After 7 co-founder (and co-lead singer’s death) follows a long illness and several strokes.
His specific cause of death, however, has not yet been revealed.
Melvin was the brother of Kevon Edmonds (of the group After 7) and Kenneth Edmonds (a.k.a. Babyface).
During his career, he had performed with the likes of Johnny Gill, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.
Melvin is survived by his four brothers.
b. Charles Barksdale, 11th June 1935, Harvey, Illinois, U.S.A.
d. 15th May 2019, Harvey, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
The bass and background vocalist for the group The Dells, Chuck Barksdale, has died. Chuck was 84.
He passed away on Wednesday morning, the 15th of May 2019, according to Marshall Thompson of the Chi-Lites.
He had been in failing health, and died in a southern suburb of Chicago.
Chuck had been an integral part of the group, since it’s early incarnation, and was a member between 1952 and 1958, and then between 1960 to the present.
Funeral Services for Mr. Charles “Chuck” Barksdale will be held at: Harold Washington Cultural Center
4701 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL. 60615
Visitation and Public Viewing
Sunday May 19, 2019
1:00p - 6:00p
Monday May 20, 2019
Further information on the Dells, please use the link below.
b. Lou Johnson, May 1941, Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.A.
d. 1st May 2019, San Bernardino, California, U.S.A.
The R&B singer and instrumentalist, Lou Johnson, has died. Lou was 78.
His wife, Linda, confirmed the sad news that Lou had passed. Previously Lou's daughter had posted a video stating her father was in failing health, a couple of years ago.
For more about Lou, please click below. Thank you.
b. Kent Levaughn Harris, 15th October 1930, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
d. 16th April 2019, U.S.A.
The Record Producer and Songwriter, Kent Harris, has died. Kent was 88.
As a writer, Kent penned the songs ‘Shoppin' for Clothes’ (for The Coasters) and ‘Cops and Robbers’ (for Bo Diddley).
Kent recorded under other names, including, Ducky Drake and Boogaloo and his Gallant Crew.
Under the name Ducky Drake, he recorded for the Trend Records imprint, in 1954.
Under the name ‘Boogaloo’, he recorded the song ‘Shoppin' For Clothes’ for the Crest Records label.
By 1956, his group were called Boogaloo and His Gallant Crew.
Artists recording for the Atlantic, Capitol, RCA and Columbia imprints recorded his material.
By 1960, Kent had formed his own label, Romark Records.
During the Seventies, he concentrated on record production.
Kent managed the Soul singer Ty Karim and produced many of her sides on Romark Records.
Ty passed away in 1983.
b. Andre Williams (Zephire Andre Williams), 1st November 1936, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
d. 17th March 2019, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
The American R&B musician and songwriter, Andre Williams, has died. He was 82.
Born in Detroit in 1936, Andre began recording in the mid-1950s for Fortune Records.
As a songwriter, his hits include ‘Jail Bait’, ‘Greasy Chicken’, ‘Bacon Fat’ (in 1957) and ‘Cadillac Jack’ (in 1966).
He was also the co-writer of the R&B hit ‘Shake a Tail Feather’ (the Five Du-Tones and Ike & Tina Turner).
From Fortune he moved to Motown Records in the early 1960s, writing and producing for the likes of Stevie Wonder ('Thank You (For Loving Me All The Way)', The Contours ('I'll Stand By You') and Edwin Starr ('Hey, Bobby').
By the 1980s, Andre had hit hard times, but went through a renaissance in the late 90s, recording first with The Sadies ('Red Dirt' in 1999) and then with The Dirtbombs ('Black Godfather').
b. Michael Wycoff, 1st January 1956, Torrance, California, U.S.A.
d. 13th March 2019, California, U.S.A.
The Soul singer and songwriter, Michael Wycoff, has died. Michael was 63. He passed away as a result of pancreatic cancer.
Michael will be fondly remembered for the Soul classic 'Looking Up To You'.
Based in Los Angeles, Michael contributed to Stevie Wonder's album ‘Songs In The Key Of Life’.
He signed to RCA Records in 1980 and he released three albums between 1981 - 1983.
Michael collaborated with the late soul producer, Webster Lewis on his hit ‘Looking Up To You’.
The track was sampled in Zhané's 1993 hit ‘Hey Mr. DJ’.
Michael worked with many artists, including Evelyn King, Merry Clayton, The Winans, Bobby Womack and Peabo Bryson.
In 2007 he began work on a new solo album entitled ‘Return’, which has never been released.
b. Franklyn Leon Smith, 1953, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
d. 8th March 2019, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
The singer and songwriter, Frankie Smith, has died. He was 65. Frankie died at his home in Philadelphia.
The news was passed on by his daughter, Indy, on her Facebook page.
Frankie started out writing songs for The O'Jays, Barbara Mason, The Futures, Archie Bell (‘Hard Not To Like You’) and the Spinners.
His classic ‘Double Dutch Bus’ popularized his form of slang that influenced later rappers like Snoop Dogg.
He recorded one album (‘Children Of Tomorrow’ on WMOT) and several singles up until mid-80's.
b. circa 1946, Tyler, Texas, U.S.A.
d. 6th February 2019, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
The record producer, Lonnie Simmons, has died. He passed away in his sleep.
Lonnie was said to be around 73 years old.
Lonnie brought Charlie Wilson and The Gap Band, along with Yarborough & Peoples to the public.
b. Harvey Scales, 27th September 1942, Arkansas, U.S.A.
d. 11th February 2019, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
The singer, songwriter, and producer, Harvey Scales, has died. Harvey was 78.
Harvey penned many songs for the likes of The Dells, The Dramatics, Johnnie Taylor and The O'Jays.
Born in Arkansas, he was a member of the group, Harvey Scales and The Seven Sounds.
The group were signed to Chess Records in 1969.
He worked with the late Johnnie Taylor, co-writing his hit ‘Disco Lady’.
Harvey, also, worked with Bunny Sigler, going on to record the first two albums of his career, ‘Confidential Affair’ (in 1978) and ‘Hot Foot: A Funque Dizco Opera’ (in 1979).
He, later, released ‘Somebody Else's Somebody’ for the Four Sight Records imprint.
b. James Edward Ingram, 16th February 1952, Akron, Ohio, U.S.A.
d. 29th January 2019, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
The musician, songwriter, record producer and actor, James Ingram, has died. He was 66.
James died from brain cancer at his home in Los Angeles.
He will be fondly remembered for his duet with Patti Austin, ‘Baby, Come to Me’, which topped the U.S. pop chart in 1983.
James also provided the vocals to the songs, ‘Just Once’ and ‘One Hundred Ways’ for Quincy Jones's album ‘The Dude’, both of which earned him a triple Grammy nomination in 1981.
During his career, James collaborated with the likes of Donna Summer, Ray Charles, Anita Baker, Nancy Wilson and Natalie Cole.
He also collaborated with Michael McDonald on the song ‘Yah Mo B There’.
In 1985, he participated in the charity single ‘We Are the World’.
With Quincy Jones, he performed on the song ‘The Secret Garden’, which also featured Barry White, El Debarge, and Al B. Sure!.
b. Edwin L. Birdsong, 22nd August 1941, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
d. 21st January 2019, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
The singer, songwriter, record producer and keyboard player, Edwin Birdsong, has died Edwin was 77.
Current reports do not indicate a cause of death at this point.
During his career, he had recorded for several well known labels, including the Polydor, Bamboo and Philadelphia International imprints. In 1971 he signed a record deal with Polydor, releasing the albums ’What It Is’ and ‘Supernatural’.
At Bamboo Records he released ‘Dance of Survival’, in 1975.
He recorded for Philadelphia International in 1979, going on to collaborate with Roy Ayers.
Edwin co-penned ‘Running Away’ and ‘Freaky Deaky’ with Roy.
He went on to perform session work for Stevie Wonder..
b. Steven Peter Madaio, 18th July 1948, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
d. 15th January 2019, Palm Desert, California, U.S.A.
The American trumpeter, songwriter and producer, best known as the trumpet player of Stevie Wonder, Steve Madaio, has died.
Steve suffered a heart attack at his Palm Desert home. He was 70.
He toured with the Rolling Stones in the Seventies, and was a regular member of Stevie Wonder’s group.
Steve performed with the likes of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart and Ringo Starr, B.B. King, Etta James, Robert Cray, Freddie Hubbard and Billy Cobham.
b. Larry Cunningham, 1953, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
d. 10th January 2019, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.
Larry Cunningham, a member of the Detroit group, the Floaters, has died. He was 67.
Larry had recently suffered a heart attack, and was in hospital in Arizona.
The Floaters were best remembered for their 1977 song ‘Float On’, which reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song also reached 1 on the U.K. Singles Chart.
The Floaters featured the late singer James Mitchell, his brother Paul Mitchell, Charles Clark, Ralph Mitchell and Larry.
The group also released the single ‘You Don't Have to Say You Love Me’ and released four studio albums over the following years.
‘Float On’ has been sampled on numerous occasions by many R&B artists.
b. Clydie May Crittendon, 21 August 1943, Atlanta, Georgia,U.S.A.
d. 7th January 2019, U.S.A.
The singer Clydie King has died. She was 75.
Clydie sang background vocals for the likes of Humble Pie, Venetta Fields, Sherlie Matthews, B.B. King, The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker, Dickey Betts, Joe Walsh, amongst others.
She was a member of the group The Blackberries with Venetta Fields and Sherlie Matthews.
Clydie also sang on Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour, which became a film.
With Merry Clayton, she sang the background vocals on Lynyrd Skynyrd's hit song ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and sang on Elton John’s ‘The Bitch Is Back’, the Rolling Stones ‘Tumbling Dice’ and with Barbra Streisand on ‘A Star Is Born’.
b. Nancy Sue Wilson, 20th February 1937, Chillicothe, Ohio, U.S.A.
d. 13th December 2018, Pioneertown, California, U.S.A.
The Jazz and Soul songstress, Nancy Wilson, has died. Nancy was 81.
Nancy died from a long-illness at her home in Pioneertown, California.
In recent years, Nancy had been hospitalized with anemia and potassium deficiency, and was on I.V. sustenance while undergoing tests.
In 2008, she had been hospitalized for lung related complications.
Since the 1950’s Nancy’s career has spanned many genres, although she will be, probably, best remembered for her contributions to Jazz.
Nancy recorded more than seventy albums and won three Grammy Awards as part of her C.V.
She was born on the 20th of February 1937 in Chillicothe, Ohio and was the first of six children.
Nancy won a TV-talent show when she 15, and began appearing regularly on the TV show ‘Skyline Melodies’ whilst still in high school.
She attended Ohio's Central State College before leaving to become a professional singer.
Nancy recorded her first record with Rusty Bryant's Carolyn Club Big Band in 1956.
She later signed to the Dot Records imprint.
Cannonball Adderley then advised her to relocate to New York in 1959.
She began a series of shows at The Blue Morocco Night Club in The Bronx, where Adderley's agent heard her and signed her.
Nancy signed to Capitol records in 1960, releasing ‘Guess Who I Saw Today’.
Her 1964 song ‘(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am’ reached number 11 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart.
Nancy went on to achieve 11 songs in the Hot 100.
She released four albums in Billboard's Top LP charts between March 1964 and June 1965.
In 1964, she won her first Grammy Award for the album ‘How Glad I Am’.
In addition to singing, she enjoyed a successful career as an actress.
Nancy was married twice, to drummer Kenny Dennis from 1960-70.
She also married the Presbyterian minister Wiley Burton in 1973.
They were married for 35 years until his death in 2008, and had two children.
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