Ronnie Spector August 10, 1943 – January 12,

2022

Ronnie Spector August 10, 1943 – January 12,2022), Veronica Greenfield Veronica Yvette Bennett known as Ronnie Spector, was an American singer who formed the girl group the Ronettes in 1957 with her elder sister Estelle Bennett and their cousin Nedra Talley.

Bennett fronted the group while record producer Phil Spector produced the majority of their output. The two were married in 1968 and separated in 1972. Bennett sang lead on the Ronettes’ string of hits in the early-to-mid–1960s, including “Be My Baby” (1963), “Baby, I Love You” (1963), “The Best Part of Breakin’ Up” (1964), and “Walking in the Rain” (1964).

Ike Stubblefield June 7, 1952 June 20, 2021

Ike Stubblefield June 7, 1952 in Toledo, Ohio, died June 20, 2021 was an American musician, who performed with a wide array of artists on Hammond B3 organ, Stubblefield started his career in 1968 playing keyboards with the Motown Review performers including the Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Rare Earth. He performed on stage on the Hammond B3 organ from 1970-1975 with George Benson, B.B. King, Ike & Tina Turner, Curtis Mayfield, Al Green, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, The Jerry Garcia Band, Johnny Adams, Bobby Caldwell, Boz Scaggs, Esther Phillips, The Pointer Sisters, and others.

Lloyd Price March 9, 1933 – May 3, 2021

Lloyd Price March 9, 1933 – May 3, 2021 was an American R&B vocalist,known as “Mr. Personality”, after his 1959 million-selling hit, “Personality”. His first recording, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”, was a hit for Specialty Records in 1952. He continued to release records, but none were as popular until several years later, when he refined the New Orleans beat and achieved a series of national hits. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998

Mary Wilson March 6, 1944 – February 8, 2021

Mary Wilson March 6, 1944 – February 8, 2021 was an American singer and concert performer best known as a founding member of the Supremes, the most successful Motown act of the 1960s and the best-charting female group in U.S. history, as well as one of the all-time best-selling girl groups in the world. The group released a record-setting twelve number-one hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100, ten of which Wilson sang backing vocals for.

Barbara Diane Martin Richardson June 1, 1943 March 4, 2020

Barbara Diane Martin Richardson (June 1, 1943 – March 4, 2020) was an American singer, best known for being one of the original members of Motown group The Supremes.

She was born in Detroit. After Betty McGlown left the Primettes due to her upcoming nuptials, Martin replaced her in the group in 1960. She and her group mates, Diana Ross (then known as Diane), Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard, signed a recording contract with Motown founder Berry Gordy on January 15, 1961 as the Supremes, a name that Ballard had chosen (as she was the only group member in the studio at the time) from a list provided by Motown songwriter, Janie Bradford, and became part of the Motown stable of performers.

While recording a handful of early singles, none of which became hits, Martin, Wilson, Ross, and Ballard worked as studio backing singers, providing vocals and rhythmic effects such as hand claps for Motown’s leading groups. In October 1961, Martin became pregnant. Her husband supported her decision to stay in the group, but, she left in the early spring of 1962 – leaving Ross, Wilson and Ballard a trio

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

Aretha Louise Franklin March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018

Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an
American singer and songwriter. She began her career as a child
singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her
father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. In 1960, at the age of 18, she
embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but
achieving only modest success.

After signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved
commercial acclaim and success with songs such as “Respect”, “(You
Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Spanish Harlem” and “Think”.

By the end of the 1960s she was being called “the Queen of Soul”.
Franklin recorded acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way
I Love You (1967), Lady Soul (1968), Young, Gifted and Black (1972)
and Amazing Grace (1972) before experiencing problems with her record
company by the mid-1970s. After her father was shot in 1979, Franklin
left Atlantic and signed with Arista Records, finding success with the
albums Jump to It (1982) and Who’s Zoomin’ Who? (1985), and her part
in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.

Franklin recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot
100 entries, 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and 20 number-one
R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart’s
history. Franklin’s other well-known hits include “Rock Steady”, “Jump
to It”, “Freeway of Love”, “Who’s Zoomin’ Who”, “Chain of Fools”,
“Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)”, “Something He
Can Feel”, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” (with George Michael),
and a remake of The Rolling Stones song “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”.

She won 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling musical
artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.

Franklin received numerous honors throughout her career including a
1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in which she
became the first female performer to be inducted. She was inducted to
the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In August 2012, Franklin was
inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Franklin is listed
in at least two all-time lists on Rolling Stone magazine, including
the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and the 100 Greatest Singers of
All Time.

Dennis Edwards Jr. The Temptations-February 3, 1943 – February 1, 2018

Dennis Edwards Jr. The Temptations (February 3, 1943 – February 1, 2018) was an American soul and R&B singer, notably a lead singer in The Temptations, on Motown Records. Edwards joined the Temptations in 1968, replacing David Ruffin and sang with the group from 1968 to 1976, 1980 to 1984 and 1987 to 1989. In the mid-1980s, he attempted a solo career, scoring a hit in 1984 with “Don’t Look Any Further” (featuring Siedah Garrett). Until his death, Edwards was the lead singer of The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, a Temptations splinter group.