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

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

Cuba Gooding Sr

Cuba Gooding Sr. (April 27, 1944 – April 20, 2017) was an American singer and actor. He was the most successful lead singer of the soul group The Main Ingredient, replacing former lead singer Donald McPherson who died unexpectedly of leukemia. According to Billboard, as the lead vocalist he scored five top 10 hits most notably, “Everybody Plays the Fool” (1972), peaking at No. 2 for 3 weeks, and peaking at No. 3 on Billboard’s all-genre Hot 100 list. “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely” (1974), “Happiness Is Just Around the Bend” and “Rolling Down a Mountainside” were also top 10 hits on Billboard charts.He also
recorded as a solo artists with hits of his own.

Ronald Marvell Thomas

Ronald Marvell Thomas (August 22, 1941 – January 23, 2017) was an American keyboardist known for his work in Memphis Soul, and son of the man dubbed “Memphis’s other King”, Rufus Thomas. His sister Carla Thomas was known as the “Memphis Queen” after her breakthrough hit “Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)”.[1] His youngest sibling, Vaneese Thomas, is also an accomplished recording artist.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Thomas’s studio career started at the age of 17.[2] He was the first piano player to punch the clock at Stax Records. He played on the label’s earliest national hits, including “Burnt Biscuits” (by the short-lived group The Triumphs, later covered by Booker T. & the MGs), childhood friend William Bell’s “You Don’t Miss Your Water”, and the company’s first hit “Cause I Love You” (featuring a sixteen-year-old Booker T. Jones on saxophone), a duet by Rufus and Carla Thomas. He also played on some of Wilson Pickett sessions at Stax and at Muscle Shoals. More sessions at Muscle Shoals included Clarence Carter, Eddie Hinton, and Denise LaSalle.
Thomas worked frequently as keyboardist and arranger, appearing on albums by Johnnie Taylor, The Staple Singers, Little Milton, The Emotions, Albert King, Mavis Staples, Yvonne Elliman, and Etta James.[3]
Thomas co-produced and played keyboards on the multi-platinum Isaac Hayes album, Hot Buttered Soul.[4] His touring credits include concerts with The Temptations, and acting as music director for Peabo Bryson, Isaac Hayes, his father Rufus Thomas, and his sister Carla Thomas.
Thomas died after a brief illness in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 75

George Michael, Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou

Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016),[3] known professionally as George Michael, was an English singer, songwriter, and record producer, who rose to fame as a member (with Andrew Ridgeley) of the music duo Wham!. He was best known in the 1980s and 1990s with his style of post-disco dance-pop and has also been characterized as a blue-eyed soul singer, although his material drew more from middle of the road pop than soul music.Michael sold more than 100 million records worldwide. His 1987 debut solo album, Faith, sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Michael garnered seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked Michael the 40th most successful artist on the Billboard Hot 100 Top All Time Artists list.
Michael won numerous music awards throughout his 30-year career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards from eight nominations.
In 2004, the Radio Academy named Michael the most played artist on British radio during the period 1984–2004. The documentary A Different Story, released in 2005, covered his career and personal life. In 2006, Michael announced his first tour in 15 years, the worldwide 25 Live tour, spanning three individual tours over the course of three years (2006, 2007 and 2008).

Teddy Pendergrass

Theodore DeReese “Teddy” Pendergrass
(March 26, 1950 – January 13, 2010
An American R&B/soul singer and songwriter. Pendergrass first rose to fame as lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the 1970s before a successful solo career at the end of the decade. In 1982, he was severely injured in an auto accident in Philadelphia, resulting in his being paralyzed from the chest down. He subsequently founded the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance, a foundation that helps those with spinal cord injuries. Pendergrass commemorated 25 years of living after his spinal cord injury with star filled event, ‘Teddy 25 – A Celebration of Life’ at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. His last performance was on a PBS special at Atlantic City’s Borgata Casino in November 2008.