2016 Gato Barbieri dies. (b. Leandro Barbieri, 28th November 1932, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina. The 83-year-old died in New York City, New York, U.S.A. The Argentine tenor saxophonist passed away in a New York hospital from pneumonia.
2017 Darcus Howe dies (b. 26 February 1943) was a British broadcaster, writer, and civil liberties campaigner. Originally from Trinidad, Howe arrived in England intending to study law. There he joined the British Black Panthers, a group named in sympathy with the eponymous US organisation. He came to public attention in 1970 as one of the Mangrove Nine, when he marched to the police station in Notting Hill, London, to protest against police raids of the Mangrove restaurant, and again in 1981 when he organised a 20,000-strong "Black People's March" in protest at the handling of the investigation into the New Cross Fire, in which 13 black teenagers died. He was an editor of Race Today, and chair of the Notting Hill Carnival. He was best known in the UK for his Black on Black series on Channel 4; his current affairs programme, Devil's Advocate; and his work with Tariq Ali on Bandung File. His television work also included White Tribe (2000), a look at modern Britain and its loss of "Englishness"; Slave Nation (2001); Who You Callin' a Nigger? (2004); and Is This My Country? (2006), a search for his West Indian identity. He wrote columns for the New Statesman and The Voice. (Wiki)
2003 Edwin Starr dies at the age of 61, Starr real name Charles Hatcher suffered a heart attack and died while taking a bath at his home in Bramcote near Nottingham. He left a wife, Annette Mary Hatcher, a son André Hatcher, and two grandchildren Alonté Renfroe and Maryah Hatcher. His brother Angelo Starr is now fronting the Team, the band Edwin Starr had been touring with for over 20 years. (wiki)
2016 Leon Haywood dies. (b. Otha Leon Haywood, 11th February 1942, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.) Passes away in his sleep, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. The singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer. Leon Haywood, has died. Leon was 74.
The singer is, probably, best remembered for his 1975 hit single ‘I Want To Do Something Freaky to You’. (soulwalking)
2013 [Vince Montana] dies. (b. Vincent Montana Jr, 12th February 1928, South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. d. 13th April 2013, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) The hugely influential composer, arranger and percussionist, he was 85. During his career, he was a pivotal member of the ensemble M.F.S.B., and was the founder of the Salsoul Orchestra. (soulwalking)
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2017 Sylvia Moy, Motown songwriter dies. (b. Sylvia Rose Moy, 15th September 1938, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. d. 15th April 2017, Beaumont (Oakwood) Hospital, Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.A. Sylvia Moy, Motown’s first female producer and songwriter, has died. Sylvia was 78. She died of apparent complications from pneumonia, following a stay in Detroit's Harper University Hospital. Sylvia penned (or co-penned) many of Motown’s most memorable songs, including ‘This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You)’, ‘Uptight (Everything's Alright)’, ‘My Cherie Amour’, ‘I Was Made to Love Her’, ‘Never Had a Dream Come True’, ‘Angie Girl’, ‘Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day’, ’Forget Me Not’, ‘My Baby Loves Me’ and ‘It Takes Two’, for the artists Stevie Wonder, The Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye, Kim Weston, and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. Interview special with music in PCRL achieve.
2013 Cardell Mosson dies. (b. Cardell Mosson, 16th October 1952, Plainfield, New Jersey, U.S.A. d. 18th April 2013, U.S.A.) The bassist for the groups Funkadelic and Parliament, He was 60. (soulwalking)
2014 Deon Jackson dies. (b. Deon Jackson, 26th January 1946, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.) Passed at home, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A. The R&B singer, Deon Jackson, has died. He was 68. Deon passed away in his sleep at home. He made many wonderful recordings at Ollie McClaughlin's Carla label. The biggest hit was 'Love Makes The Wold Go Around' in 1964. (mn)
2016 Prince Rogers Nelson multi-talented singer musician dies aged 57 on QEII's 90th birthday. He was rushed to hospital with severe flu symptoms. (mn)
2013 Richie Havens dies. The singer, who opened the festival at Woodstock in the late sixties, Richie Havens, has died. He was 72. Richie had suffered a heart attack at his home. (b. Richard Pierce Havens, 21st January 1941, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. / d. 22nd April 2013, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.A.) Originally from Brooklyn, Richie was the eldest of nine children. He sang Doo-Wop as a sixteen year old, as part of the ensemble, The McCrea Gospel Singers. After leaving Brooklyn in his early twenties, Richie relocated to Greenwich Village.Here he signed with the Douglas Records imprint and recorded two records for the label, before a move to the Verve Forecast label. Richie released released the album ‘Mixed Bag’ in 1967 at the label. Over the next two years, Richie released 5 Verve albums, including ‘Something Else Again’ (in 1968), ‘Electric Havens’ (in 1968) and ‘Richie Havens Record’ (in 1969). His live performances made Richie an in demand performer, which led to his famous Woodstock appearance. Richie’s set lasted for nearly three hours, as many of the performers were late in arriving. During his set he revived the old spiritual ‘Motherless Child’ which he moulded into the song ‘Freedom’.Richie later appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival in late August 1969. He then set up his own label, entitled Stormy Forest, releasing ‘Stonehenge’ in 1970. He also recorded his own version of the Beatles song ‘Here Comes the Sun’ during these sessions. Richie released further albums for his label, including ‘The Great Blind Degree’ (in 1971), ‘Live On Stage’ (in 1972), ‘Portfolio’ (in 1973) and ‘Mixed Bag II’ (in 1974). Richie began a creditable acting career at this time, appearing in the original 1972 stage presentation of ‘The Who's Tommy’. He also appeared in Othello in the 1974 film ‘Catch My Soul’, as well as acting in ‘Greased Lightning’ in 1977, and appeared in the Bob Dylan movie ‘Hearts of Fire’. In 1980, Richie recorded the album ‘Connections’, which contained his own version of the Lamont Dozier song ‘Going Back To My Roots’. Lamont Dozier said in 2004, that this version was his favourite take on this song. (soulwalking)
2016 Billy Paul singer dies. (b. Paul Williams, 1st December 1934, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) dies at home in Blackwood, New Jersey, U.S.A. He was 81. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. The singer will, probably, be best remembered for his classic Soul ballad, ‘Me & Mrs Jones’, which reached number one in the charts in 1972. Billy was part of the Philadelphia International Records family, at which he achieved success with the several of the labels finest songs, including ‘Bring The Family Back’, ‘Brown Baby’, 'Malorie', ‘Am I Black Enough For You?’, ‘Let Em In’ and ‘Thanks For Saving My Life’. (soulwalking)
1934 Otis Rush, blues-man is born. Arguably the greatest living blues-man, with only John Lee Hooker and B.B. King to rival him as a guitar vocal stylist. His discography is shockingly thin as compared to other mentioned artists, however his 1956-1958 Cobra recordings are highly recommended . (mn-sh)