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OBITUARIES  2010

Walter Hawkins    Age: 61
Walter Hawkins passed on July 11, 2010 of pancreatic cancer. He was a very influential African American gospel singer and a pastor, who greatly influenced many past/present Gospel singers and choirs of today.
Billy Taylor    Age: 89
Billy Taylor, an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer who became one of the genre's most ardent advocates through radio, television and the landmark Jazzmobile arts venture, has died on 12/28/10 of an apparent heart attack. He was 89 years old.
Bernard “Bernie” Wilson    Age: 64
Bernard “Bernie” Wilson, 64, who helped define the Sound of Philadelphia as a founding member of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, passed away on 12/26/10. Mr. Wilson had suffered a major stroke last year and a heart attack this year.
Teena Marie    Age: 54
A publicist said singer Teena Marie, who made history as Motown's first white act, has died at age 54. The confirmation came 12/26/10 from publicist Jasmine Vega, who worked with Teena Marie on her last album.
James Moody    Age: 85
Jazz saxophonist James Moody, who recorded more than 50 solo albums as well as songs with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Lionel Hampton and B.B. King, has died. He was 85. Moody’s wife, Linda McGowan Moody, says he died 12/09/2010 at San Diego Hospice after battling pancreatic cancer for 10 months.
Shirley Verrett    Age: 79
Shirley Verrett, an acclaimed American mezzo-soprano and soprano praised for her blazing intensity during a career that spanned four decades, died 11/5/10 in Ann Arbor, Mich. She was 79. Verrett, one of the top opera singers of the 1970s and 1980s, had been suffering from heart trouble.
Al Goodman    Age: 67
Al Goodman, a baritone who performed on several soul and pop hits in the 1970s, including "Love on a Two-Way Street" and "Special Lady," died from complications during surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center.
Solomon Burke    Age: 70
Soul pioneer Solomon Burke, whose vocals were a powerful mix of gospel fervor, R&B silkiness and country twang, was revered as the King of Rock & Soul. Burke, who had just arrived at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam to prepare for a concert , died 10/10/10.
Albertina Walker    Age: 81
Albertina Walker's singing once stopped the filming of a movie because so many actors were moved to tears by the "Queen of Gospel." The Grammy-winning singer died of respiratory failure 10/8/10 at RML Specialty Hospital in Chicago, said her granddaughter.
Harold Dow    Age: 62
Harold Dow, a longtime correspondent for the CBS hit show ‘48 Hours,' died suddenly Saturday morning in New Jersey. He was 62. No cause of death has been announced as of yet. Executive Producer of ‘48 Hours,’ Susan Zirinsky said “I deeply miss him already.”
Abbey Lincoln    Age: 80
Abbey Lincoln, a jazz singer and songwriter known for her phrasing, emotion and uncompromising style, died 8/14/10 in New York at age 80. She had been declining in health for the past year.
Al Goodman    Age: 67
Soul singer Al Goodman pased away 7/26/10 due to heart failure during surgery on a tumor. Goodman was originally part of The Moments, an R&B group whose hits included 1970's "Love on a Two Way Street".
Jack Tatum    Age: 61
JackTatum died 7/27/10 at age 61 in an Oakland hospital. The cause was a massive heart attack, according to friend and former Ohio State teammate John Hicks. Tatum had battled diabetes and other health problems for years, Hicks said.
Marvin Isley    Age: 56
Marvin Isley, the bass player who helped give R&B powerhouse the Isley Brothers their distinctive sound, died 6/6/2010 at a Chicago hospital. He was 56. Isley died at an inpatient hospice at Weiss Memorial Hospital, according to hospital spokeswoman Catherine Gianaro. She could not confirm a cause of death.
Garry Shider    Age: 56
Legendary P-Funk guitarist Garry Shider, the longtime musical director of Parliament-Funkadelic whose funky guitar work, songwriting skills and musical arrangements thrilled fans around the globe and earned him a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died on 6/16/10.
Gary Coleman    Age: 42
Gary Coleman has died at the age of 42 on 5/28/10, after suffering a brain hemorrhage that left him in a coma and on life support, multiple news sources have confirmed. The 'Diff'rent Strokes' actor was taken to the hospital on 5/26/10, and his condition deteriorated as the days went on.
Ali-Ollie Woodson    Age: 58
R&B singer Ali-Ollie Woodson, best known for his stint with Motown icons The Temptations died 5/31/10. Woodson died in southern California after a battle with cancer.
Lena Horne    Age: 92
Lena Horne, the enchanting jazz singer and actress who reviled the bigotry that allowed her to entertain white audiences but not socialize with them, slowing her rise to Broadway superstardom, died 5/9/10. She was 92. Horne died at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, according to hospital spokeswoman Gloria Chin.
Hank Jones    Age: 91
Jazz pianist and composer Hank Jones, whose 70-year career included a stint as Ella Fitzgerald's pianist and Marilyn Monroe's accompanist when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy, has died, his manager said. He was 91.
Dorothy Height    Age: 98
Dorothy Height, the leading female voice of the 1960s civil rights movement and a participant in historic marches with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others, died 4/20/10. Height led the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years. The hospital said in a statement she died of natural causes.
Guru    Age: 43
Guru, the influential rapper known for his intellectual themes, his monotone delivery and his combination of jazz sounds with hip-hop beats, died after battling cancer on 4/19/10, collaborators said. Guru made up the rap duo Gang Starr.
Ron Banks    Age: 58
Singer Ron Banks, a founding member of R&B group the Dramatics, died Thursday March 4 at his Detroit home of a reported heart attack. Banks, whose sweet falsetto helped give the Dramatics its signature sound, was a Detroit native who was born May 10, 1951.
Marva Wright    Age: 62
Marva Wright, a New Orleans blues and soul singer who worked the clubs on Bourbon Street for many years, died at 62 at her daughter's home in New Orleans.
Teddy Pendergrass    Age: 59
Legendary singer Teddy Pendergrass, dead after a long illness at age 59, spent his last 28 years in a wheelchair, left to wonder what life might have been like had a car crash not completely altered his destiny. Pendergrass underwent colon cancer surgery , and reportedly had a difficult recovery.
Eunice W. Johnson    Age: 93
Eunice W. Johnson, who gave Ebony magazine its name and for almost 50 years produced an influential traveling fashion show that brought haute couture to African Americans while raising millions of dollars for charity, died of renal failure at her Chicago home, according to a company spokeswoman.






 
 
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