Soul and R&B Musicians who Died in October

Harry Milton Ray (The Moments, Ray, Goodman,and Brown), October 1, 1992
John Blow, (Booker T and the MGs), October 1, 1975
Kathryn “Kathi” McDonald (Ike and Tina Turner’s Ikettes), October 3, 2012
Brian Keenan (Chambers Brothers), October 4, 1985
J. Frank Wilson (Cavaliers), October 4, 1991
Eddie Kendricks (The Temptations), October 5, 1992
Joan Marie Johnson Faust (The Dixie Cups), October 5, 2016
Rodney “Rod” Lynn Temperton (Heatwave), October 5, 2016 (Official date unknown)
Joseph “Smokey” Johnson (Fats Domino Band), October 6, 2015
Overton Amos “Smiley Lewis” Lemons, October7, 1996
Steve Ferguson (NRBQ Band), October 7, 2009
Sister Rosetta “Original Soul Sister,” Tharpe, October 9, 1973
Solomon Burke, October 10, 2010
Al Thompson (Motown Drummer), October 12, 2006
Norman “General” Johnson (Chairmen of the Board), October 13, 2010
Kenneth “Big Moe” Moore, October 14, 2007
Bobby “Lester” Dallas, (The Moonglows), October 15, 1980
Levi “Levi Stubbs” Stubbles (The Four Tops), October 17, 2008
Delia Mae “Dee Dee” Warwick, October 18, 2008
Yolanda “LaLa” Brown, October 19, 2007
Freddie Ferrara, (Del-Satins and The Brooklyn Bridge), October 20, 2011
Tommy Edwards, October 22, 1969
Eugene “Gene” Kurtz Jr., (Roy Head and The Traits), October 23, 2011
Alfred “Al” Orlando Johnson (The Unifics), October 26, 2013
David Edward Townsend, (Surface), October 26, 2005
James Phelps, October 26, 2010
Natina Tiawana Reed, (Blaque), October, 26, 2012
Hubert “Herbie” Leroy Goins, (Herbie Going and the Nightimers), October 27, 2015
Lewis “Lou” Allan Reed, (The Velvet Underground), October 27, 2013
Diane Charlemagne, (52nd Street), October 28, 2015
Howard “Skydog” Duane Allman, (The Allman Brothers), October 29, 1971
Ramon “Tiki” Fulwood, (Funkadelic), October 29, 1979
Jason “Jam Master Jay” William Mizell, (Run-DMC), October 30, 2002

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