'What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others'. Pericles (495 - 429 b.c.)
b. Larry Cunningham, 1953, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
d. 10th January 2019, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.
Larry Cunningham, a member of the Detroit group, the Floaters, has died. He was 67.
Larry had recently suffered a heart attack, and was in hospital in Arizona.
The Floaters were best remembered for their 1977 song ‘Float On’, which reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song also reached 1 on the U.K. Singles Chart.
The Floaters featured the late singer James Mitchell, his brother Paul Mitchell, Charles Clark, Ralph Mitchell and Larry.
The group also released the single ‘You Don't Have to Say You Love Me’ and released four studio albums over the following years.
‘Float On’ has been sampled on numerous occasions by many R&B artists.
b. Clydie May Crittendon, 21 August 1943, Atlanta, Georgia,U.S.A.
d. 7th January 2019, U.S.A.
The singer Clydie King has died. She was 75.
Clydie sang background vocals for the likes of Humble Pie, Venetta Fields, Sherlie Matthews, B.B. King, The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker, Dickey Betts, Joe Walsh, amongst others.
She was a member of the group The Blackberries with Venetta Fields and Sherlie Matthews.
Clydie also sang on Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour, which became a film.
With Merry Clayton, she sang the background vocals on Lynyrd Skynyrd's hit song ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and sang on Elton John’s ‘The Bitch Is Back’, the Rolling Stones ‘Tumbling Dice’ and with Barbra Streisand on ‘A Star Is Born’.
b. Nancy Sue Wilson, 20th February 1937, Chillicothe, Ohio, U.S.A.
d. 13th December 2018, Pioneertown, California, U.S.A.
The Jazz and Soul songstress, Nancy Wilson, has died. Nancy was 81.
Nancy died from a long-illness at her home in Pioneertown, California.
In recent years, Nancy had been hospitalized with anemia and potassium deficiency, and was on I.V. sustenance while undergoing tests.
In 2008, she had been hospitalized for lung related complications.
Since the 1950’s Nancy’s career has spanned many genres, although she will be, probably, best remembered for her contributions to Jazz.
Nancy recorded more than seventy albums and won three Grammy Awards as part of her C.V.
She was born on the 20th of February 1937 in Chillicothe, Ohio and was the first of six children.
Nancy won a TV-talent show when she 15, and began appearing regularly on the TV show ‘Skyline Melodies’ whilst still in high school.
She attended Ohio's Central State College before leaving to become a professional singer.
Nancy recorded her first record with Rusty Bryant's Carolyn Club Big Band in 1956.
She later signed to the Dot Records imprint.
Cannonball Adderley then advised her to relocate to New York in 1959.
She began a series of shows at The Blue Morocco Night Club in The Bronx, where Adderley's agent heard her and signed her.
Nancy signed to Capitol records in 1960, releasing ‘Guess Who I Saw Today’.
Her 1964 song ‘(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am’ reached number 11 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart.
Nancy went on to achieve 11 songs in the Hot 100.
She released four albums in Billboard's Top LP charts between March 1964 and June 1965.
In 1964, she won her first Grammy Award for the album ‘How Glad I Am’.
In addition to singing, she enjoyed a successful career as an actress.
Nancy was married twice, to drummer Kenny Dennis from 1960-70.
She also married the Presbyterian minister Wiley Burton in 1973.
They were married for 35 years until his death in 2008, and had two children.
...those who left us in 2018...