Soul and R&B Musicians Who Have Died In December

Lee Dorsey, December 1, 1986
Dee Harvey (Motown), December 1, 2012
Donald Washington Sr., December 1, 2009
Valorie Jones (Jones Girls), December 2, 2001
Herbert Hardesty, (Fats Domino Band), December 3, 2016
Chad Lamont “Pimp C,” Butler (UGK), December 4, 2007
Tyruss “Big Syke/Mussolini,” Himes, (Evil Mind Gangstas), December 5, 2016
Lawrence Darrow “Dobie Gray,” Brown, December 6, 2011
Danny Williams, December 6, 2005
Earl Hayes (Isaac Hayes’ son), December 8, 2014
Darren “Buffy/DJ Doctor Nice,” Robinson, (Fat Boys), December 10, 1995
Ronald Louis “Ronnie,” Caldwell, (The Bar-Kay's), December 10, 1967
Carl Cunningham, (The Bar-Kay's), December 10, 1967
Phalon Jones, (The Bar-Kay's), December 10, 1967
Jimmy King, (The Bar-Kay's), December 10, 1967
Otis Redding, December 10, 1967
Karryl “Special One,” Smith, (The Conscious Daughters), December 10, 2011
Sam Cooke, December 11, 1964
Joe Ligon, (Mighty Clouds of Joy), December 11, 2016
Walter Ward, (The Olympics), December 11, 2006
Mark Fisher, (Second Image), December 12, 2016
Ike Wister Turner, (Ike and Tina Turner), December 12, 2007
Ian Andrew Robert Stewart, (The Rolling Stones), December 12, 1985
Jackie Brenston, (Kings of Rhythm), December 15, 1979
Marvin “Sweet Louie” Smith (Checkmates), December 15, 2007
Rufus Thomas, December 15, 2001
Mary “Wendy Rene,” Frierson, (The Drapels), December 16, 2014
Mario “Slim Dunkin,” Hamilton, December 16, 2011
Charles “Charizma,” Hicks, December 16, 1993
Sylvester(Sylvester) James Jr., December 16, 1988
John Bishop, (Ray Charles Band), December 17, 2011
Feliciano “Flash,” Vierra, Tavares, December 17, 2008
Grover Washington. Jr., December 17, 1999
Jimmy Nolen, (James Brown Band), December 18, 1983
Roebuck “Pops” Staples, December 19, 2000
Ricky T. “Lord Infamous,” Dunigan, (The Backyard Posse), December 20, 2013
Renetta Yemika “Magnolia Shorty,” Lowe, December 20, 2010
Marva Ann “Marva Whitney,” Manning, (Tommy & The Derbys), December 22, 2012
Edward Earl “Eddie,” Hazel (Parliament/Funkadelic), December 23, 1992
Joseph M. “Jo Jo Benson,” Hewell, December 23, 2014
Ricky Lawson, December 23, 2013
Timothy J, Tobias, December 23, 2006
William Franklin Guest (Gladys Knight and The Pips), December 24, 2015
Myrna Yvonne Smith (Sweet Inspirations), December 24, 2010
John Marshall “Johnny Ace,” Alexander Jr., December 25, 1954
James Joe “The Godfather of Soul,”Brown Jr., December 25, 2006
Fontella Marie Bass, (Chess Records), December 26, 2012
Mary Christine “Teena Marie,”Brockert, December 26, 2010
Curtis Mayfield, (The Roosters/Impressions), December26, 1999
Lowman “Pete,”Pauling, (The 5 Royales), December 26, 1973
Bernard Wilson, (Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes), December26, 2010
Sam T. Brown, (James Brown Band), December 27, 1977
Joe Houston, (The Rockets), December 28, 2015
Freddie King (Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, James Brown Bands) December 28, 1976
Glenn “Doe B,” Thomas, December 28, 2013
Johnny Moore, (The Drifters), December 30, 1998
Clarence “Satch” Satchell (Ohio Players), December 30, 1995
Natalie Cole, December 31, 2015

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