During 2018 we lost (among many others â too many to mention at present) the following artists and music industry people.
Â Barbara Alston: Member of – and one time lead vocalist of the great 1960s Phil Spector produced vocal group The Crystals
Henry Butler: Technically gifted, blind New Orleans Jazz and R&B pianist.
Eddie C Campbell: Great Chicago based bluesman, hailed from Mississippi and waxed âKing Of The Jungleâ for Rooster Blues.
Ace Cannon: Memphis based R&B and rock and roll sax player with Bill Blacks Combo
Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater: Another great Chicago bluesman, started out playing Chuck Berry styled rock and roll. Dubbed âThe Chiefâ for appearing on stage with Indian head dress.
Johnny Dawson: Singer and co-founder of the Motown vocal group The Elgins.
Dennis Edwards: Singer with Motown vocal group The Contours and later with The Temptations.
Terry Evans: R&B vocalist who formed duo with Bobby King touring and supporting Ry Cooder on some of Ryâs best albums.
Clarence Fountain: Great lead singer with the long established and legendary Five Blind Boys of Alabama.
Don Gardner: R&B, soul singer and drummer recorded hits with singer Dee Dee Ford.
Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul. Nothing more to say except a legend not just as a soul singer but also for her gospel recordings.
Rick Hall: Record producer and owner of the Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
Edwin Hawkins: Gospel musician, arranger, choir leader and writer who hit in the 1960s with the classic ‘Oh Happy Day’.
Denise Lasalle: Great soul/blues singer, stalwart of many US and European blues and soul shows and festivals.
Lazy Lester: Excello Records swamp blues singer, harmonica player and guitarist. Regular visitor to the UK.
Hugh Masekela: US resident and South African born trumpeter, composer and singer, anti apartheid campaigner.
Country Pete McGill: West Coast blues artists who played and recorded with his Cottonfield Blues Band
Trevor McNaughton: Co-founder of Trojan ska and rocksteady group The Melodians.
Big Jay McNeely: King of the 1950s honking sax players, started out in the 1940s, recorded with Johnny Otis and Little Sonny Warner in Los Angeles.
Winston McGarland Bailey (aka Mighty Shadow): Award winning Trinidadian calypsonian.
Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy: Blues guitarist who supported Memphis Slim and many blues artists. Toured Europe with the American Folk Blues Festival. Appeared as Arethaâs errant husband in the original âThe Blues Brothersâ film
Charles Neville: New Orleans R&B and jazz sax player member of the Neville Brothers clan with brothers Cyril and Art.
Calvin Newborn: Jazz guitarist started out playing R&B in Memphis gave guitar lessons to Howlin’ Wolf before becoming jazz giant.
Eugene Pitt: Founder and lead singer of the classic doo wop and soul group The Jive Five.
Otis Rush: Chicago blues guitarist, singer and a major influence on John Mayall, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Peter Green and many UK blues guitarists.
Teddy Scott: Founder and singer with the classic doo wop group The G Clefs.
G. G. Shinn: Blue eyed soul and swamp pop singer leader of the Fabulous Boogie Kings.
Yvonne Staples: Long time manager and sometime singer with the soul and gospel group Staple Singers.
John ‘Jabo’ Starks â James Brownâs much sampled drummer.
Melvin Ragin (aka âWah Wah’ Watson): Guitarist with the Mowton session band â the Funk Brothers.
Tony Joe White: The Swamp Fox – swamp blues singer/songwriter and guitarist. Wrote âPolk Salad Annieâ and âRainy Night In Georgiaâ and later hits for Tina Turner.
Jody Williams: Chicago blues guitarist, worked the streets with Bo Diddley, a member of Howlinâ Wolfâs band as well as recording sides in his own right.
Eddie Willis: Guitarist with Motown’s Funk Brothers sessioneers.
Elder Roma Wilson: Detroit gospel artist who cut some raw blues-gospel sides with his family members in the late 1940s. Died aged 103.
Danny Woods: Co-founder and singer with great 1970s soul group The Chairmen Of The Board.
UK Blues & Rock ânâ Roll
Jon Hiseman: Drummer with John Mayallâs Bluesbreakers, went on to form prog rock groups Colosseum and Tempest.
Chas Hodges: As part of the UK duo Chas and Dave who created ârockneyâ played many a great rock and roll shows.
Danny Kirwan: Singer and guitarist with Fleetwood Mac when they were a proper blues band.
Roy Young: Original and authentic UK 1950s rock and roller and pianist.
Â US Country & Rockabilly
Roy Clark: Master guitarist and banjo player, star with Buck Owens on syndicated TV country music and comedy show ‘Hee Haw’
Lawrencine Collins (aka Lorrie Collins): One half of great rockabilly duo The Collins Kids with brother Larry (Lawrence).
D J Fontana: Legendary Sun Records rockabilly and rock and roll drummer who backed Elvis on over 200 sides.
Herb Remington: Master teel guitar player with western swing band Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.
Â UK Music People
Stuart Colman – Radio DJ, broadcaster, writer and record producer who helped get rock and roll music back on BBC.
Gerard Homan â UK blues record collector, and promoter of blues gigs via his Shakedown Promotions. Brought over many obscure US bluesmen.
Mick Huggins â Designer and part of the team at UK blues magazine Juke Blues.
Cliff White – UK R&B, soul music writer, journalist, sleevenote writer and reissue compiler for labels such as Charly Records. World authority on the music of James Brown.
Peter Young – DJ on Capital Radio and later on Jazz FMâs âSoul Cellarâ which broadcast wide range of soul music including Northern rarities.
Work still in progress. Taken from Blues & Rhythm, Now Dig This, Record Collector, Tales From The Woods, Mojo, Uncut and elsewheres!