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 â€˜King 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 â€˜The 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 Ryâ€™s 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 Arethaâ€™s errant husband in the original â€˜The 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 Brownâ€™s much sampled drummer.
Melvin Ragin (aka â€˜Wah 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 â€˜Polk Salad Annieâ€™ and â€˜Rainy Night In Georgiaâ€™ and later hits for Tina Turner.
Jody Williams: Chicago blues guitarist, worked the streets with Bo Diddley, a member of Howlinâ€™ Wolfâ€™s 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 â€˜nâ€™ Roll
Jon Hiseman: Drummer with John Mayallâ€™s Bluesbreakers, went on to form prog rock groups Colosseum and Tempest.
Chas Hodges: As part of the UK duo Chas and Dave who created â€˜rockneyâ€™ 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 FMâ€™s â€˜Soul 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!