Robert Hunter Caldwell August 15, 1951 – March 14, 2023 was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He released several albums spanning R&B, soul, jazz, and adult contemporary. He is known for his soulful and versatile vocals. Caldwell released the hit single and his signature song “What You Won’t Do for Love” from his double platinum debut album Bobby Caldwell in 1978. After several R&B and smooth jazz albums, Caldwell turned to singing standards from the Great American Songbook. He wrote many songs for other artists, including the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single “The Next Time I Fall” for Amy Grant and Peter Cetera. Caldwell’s music is frequently sampled by hip hop and R&B artists.
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Fred E. White January 13, 1955 – December 2022 January 1, 2023
Fred E. White (born Frederick Eugene Adams; January 13, 1955 – December 2022/January 1, 2023) was an American drummer. He was one of the early members of Earth, Wind & Fire. He previously played drums on Donny Hathaway’s Live album. Earth, Wind & Fire consisting of Fred White along with half-brother Maurice White, brother Verdine White, and other members were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.White’s death was announced on January 1, 2023, at the age of 67
Anita Marie Pointer January 23, 1948 – December 31, 2022
Joyce Sims August 6, 1959 – October 15, 2022
Joyce Sims (August 6, 1959 – October 15, 2022) was an American singer and songwriter, whose biggest hit single, “Come into My Life”, reached the top 10 in both the US Billboard R&B Chart and the UK Singles Chart in 1987/8. Sims followed up in 1988 with “Come into My Life” which peaked at No. 10 on the US Billboard R&B Chart and No. 7 on the UK Singles Chart. This became her biggest success, although it was her only top-10 single on the R&B chart.
Patricia Eva -Bonnie-Pointer July 11, 1950 – June 8, 2020
Patricia Eva -Bonnie-Pointer July 11, 1950 – June 8, 2020 was an American singer, most notable for being a member of the Grammy Award–winning vocal group, The Pointer Sisters. Pointer scored several moderate solo hits after leaving the Pointers in 1977, including a disco cover of The Elgins’ “Heaven Must Have Sent You” which became a U.S. top 20 pop hit on September 1, 1979
Bessie Regina Norris December 21, 1953 – May 10, 2020
Bessie Regina Norris December 21, 1953 – May 10, 2020 better known by her stage name Betty Wright, was an American soul and R&B singer, songwriter and background vocalist, who rose to fame in the 1970s with hits such as “Clean Up Woman” and “Tonight is the Night”. She was also prominent in regard to the use of whistle register.
Arthur Lanon Neville December 17, 1937 – July 22, 2019
Arthur Lanon Neville was an American singer, songwriter and keyboardist from New Orleans. Neville was a part of The Neville Brothers. He was a founding member of The Meters, whose musical style represents New Orleans funk. He also played with the spinoff group The Funky Meters.
Neville played on recordings by many notable artists from New Orleans and elsewhere, including Labelle (on “Lady Marmalade”), Paul McCartney, Lee Dorsey, Robert Palmer, Dr. John and Professor Longhair
James Edward Ingram February 16, 1952 – January 29, 2019
James Edward Ingram (February 16, 1952 – January 29, 2019) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. He was a two-time Grammy Award-winner and a two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song.
Since beginning his career in 1973, Ingram had charted eight Top 40 hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart from the early 1980s until the early 1990s, as well as thirteen top 40 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In addition, he charted 20 hits on the Adult Contemporary chart (including two number-ones). He had two number-one singles on the Hot 100: the first, a duet with fellow R&B artist Patti Austin, 1982’s “Baby, Come to Me” topped the U.S. pop chart in 1983; “I Don’t Have the Heart”, which became his second number-one in 1990 was his only number-one as a solo artist. In between these hits, he also recorded the song “Somewhere Out There” with fellow recording artist Linda Ronstadt for the animated film An American Tail. The song and the music video both became gigantic hits. Ingram co-wrote “The Day I Fall in Love”, from the motion picture Beethoven’s 2nd (1993), and singer Patty Smyth’s “Look What Love Has Done”, from the motion picture Junior (1994), which earned him nominations for Best Original Song from the Oscars, Golden Globes, and Grammy Awards in 1994 and 1995.
Larry Cunningham January-10-2019 of The Floaters dies
Larry Cunningham January-10-2019 of The Floaters dies
Larry Cunningham and The Floaters had one big hit back in 1977, but wow was it a hit. The Floaters came out of the clubs of Detroit and shot right to the top of the pop and R&B charts with their first single, “Float On.” And folks still love the ballad four decades later. But we are extremely sad today to inform SoulTrackers of the death of group co-founder and all around good guy, Larry Cunningham, after a long illness. He was 67 years old.
Charles Neville April 26, 2018
Neville Brothers saxophonist died of pancreatic cancer on April 26, 2018 at the age of 79.Charles Neville was the second oldest of the four brothers who, for three decades,formed the core of the Neville Brothers”
The group notion started in 1976, when the four brothers of the Neville family, Art (born 1937), Charles (1938–2018), Aaron (b. 1941), and Cyril (b. 1948) got together to take part in the recording session of The Wild Tchoupitoulas, a Mardi Gras Indian group led by the Nevilles’ uncle, George Landry (“Big Chief Jolly”).
This experience led them to form the group the following year. Their debut album was released from Capitol Records in 1978.
The group formally disbanded in 2012 but reunited in 2015 for a farewell concert in New Orleans