Eunice Johnson, Ebony Fashion Fair Mainstay Dies
CHICAGO – Eunice W. Johnson 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. The widow of Johnson Publishing Co. founder John H. Johnson, Johnson, 93, died of kidney failure on Sunday at her Chicago home, according to a company spokeswoman.
Teddy Pendergrass Dies at 59
Jan 13, 2010
On June 5, 2009, Pendergrass underwent successful surgery for colon cancer and recovered to return home. A few weeks later he returned to the hospital with respiratory issues. After seven months, he died of respiratory failure on January 13, 2010, at age 59 with wife Joan by his side, while hospitalized at Bryn Mawr Hospital in suburban Philadelphia.Teddy is survived by his mother Ida, wife Joan, three children; Tisha, Teddy II, LaDonna, stepdaughters Sherilla Leftrade, Jessica Avila and four grandchildren and three stepgrandchildren
Celebrated Makeup Artist Roxanna Floyd Dies Unexpectedly
Celebrated makeup artist, Roxanna Floyd, died unexpectedly in her sleep at her home in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, New York on Thursday afternoon, January 28, 2010. Roxie, as her friends called her, was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 23, 1960 and lived in the borough her entire life. Roxanna was a devout Christian, a faithful wife and daughter and an only child.
Rapper from Newcleus “Jam On it” Dies at 47
NEW YORK ““ Robert Crafton III, (first man in pic) a bassist, songwriter and rapper whose rhythms and rhymes helped the 1980s hip-hop group Newcleus redefine the sound of electro-pop, died on Feb. 23 in Brooklyn. He was 47. The cause was a stroke, said Ben Cenac, who founded Newcleus with Crafton and two others. Cenac said that Crafton had been treated for diabetes and kidney problems for some time.Starting in 1976 as a Bedford-Stuyvesant DJ crew called Jam-On Productions, Newcleus developed a futuristic sound that combined funk, hip-hop and electronica.
20358 Dramatics’ Ron Banks Dies at 58
https://radiofacts.com/2010/03/04/dramatics-ron-banks-dies-at-58/ Ron Banks, whose silky falsetto helped give the Dramatics one of the most enduring careers in R&B, has died at home in Detroit. He was 58. Banks died at about noon today, possibly of a massive heart attack, said Billy Wilson, president of the Motown Alumni Association.The Northern High School graduate was the founder of the Detroit vocal group, which formed in the early 1960s and continued to play for avid audiences around the country. Aside from a short break in the mid-1980s, the group has worked continuously since its early days playing Chene Street nightclubs, and has been a staple of the annual ’70s Soul Jam revue tours.
Tre Black Found Dead
I was so excited about Mo’Nique’s win and then got the shocking news. I am saddened to report that Tre Black, 41, was found dead by a friend in the shower on Sunday. He had a massive heart attack. Tre last worked with Don Cody doing voiceovers on IAPs for Moses Media Inc. A Division of Don Cody Enterprises for the past 5 years. Tre had an illustrious career in radio working at many stations over the last 20 years as well. (click for larger images).
Radio and TV host, Reginald Bryant, co-founder of NABJ Dies
PHILADELPHIA Reginald Bryant, 68, a Philadelphia radio and TV host, a labor union spokesman and a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists, has died.Bryant died of cancer at a Philadelphia convalescent center on Monday.”Reginald Bryant was an extraordinary journalist,” Long said. “He had a sharp wit and held high journalistic stand ards.” Acel Moore, associate editor emeritus of The Inquirer and the first African-American on the paper’s editorial board, said Bryant was “a communicator ahead of his time.
Benjamin Hooks Dead at 85 Legendary Civil Rights Icon Passes Away
Memphis, Tenn. – Civil rights icon Dr. Benjamin Hooks died early Thursday morning at the age of 85. His health had been failing for some time, but a specific cause of death hasn’t been announced. Hooks, a Memphis native, attended LeMoyne Owen College and later received his law degree from Chicago’s DePaul University. He eventually became Tennessee’s first African-American criminal court judge, but the law was never his first calling. “I was blessed to be the first black public defender”¦the first criminal court judge in the south since reconstruction, the first FCC commissioner,” Hooks said during a 2009 interview. “Of all the things I’ve done, preaching was above all.”
Rapper Guru Dies, Gang Starr member had Cancer
While recovering from a heart attack from last month rapper Guru, 43, died of cancer related causes on Monday. He was estranged from certain members of his family and left his partner and collaborator Solar as his power of attorney
Guru’s longtime collaborator and partner Solar mourns his loss in the statement and explains that Guru had written a letter to his fans that was to be released upon his death.
Beat DJ Hideo Succumbs to Colon Cancer
We are saddened to report that DJ Hideo, 42, succumbed over the weekend to colon cancer. He discovered the cancer in the stage 4 phase in 2009. He died at 3:33 pm this past Saturday surrounded by his family. The 42 year old jock left behind his 13 year old daughter. Pinoytutorial.com reports that on the day of his death he was still able to post a blog on his site saying that he was checked back into Mission Hospital in Orange Country California because of feeling weak but assured that he has stable vitals. Hideo worked for the Steve Harvey Morning Show and John Salley’s Short-lived Block Party show.
Lena Horne Dies at 92
Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 ““ May 9, 2010) was an American singer, actress and dancer.Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of sixteen and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood where she had small parts in numerous movies, and more substantial parts in the films Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather. Due to the Red Scare and her progressive political views, Horne found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood.Returning to her roots as a nightclub performer, Horne took part in the March on Washington in August 1963, and continued to work as a performer, both in nightclubs as well as television, and releasing well received album
Coroner Reports Radio Vet Ed Buggs died from overdose
Baton Rouge radio and television personality Ed Buggs died of a “cardiac event due to cocaine use,” a spokesman with the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office said Friday.Don Moreau, chief of operations with the Coroner’s Office, said the cause of death was aortic dissection due to cocaine toxicity. The cause of death was determined after the results of a toxicology test were evaluated. Moreau said cocaine in Buggs’ system caused Buggs’ blood pressure to spike and his aorta to tear. The tear blocked blood to Buggs’ heart, which showed signs of prior damage due to cocaine use. Buggs, 55, died May 4 at his home, a coroner’s report says.
Former Child Actor Gary Coleman Dead at 42
Former child actor Gary Coleman died today in a Utah hospital from an undisclosed illness. Coleman struggled for years after the hit series Different Strokes and wanted to desperately separate himself from the character he played on the show. Coleman was mentioned in a book recently written by former cast mate Todd Bridges “Killing Willis.” He is survived by his wife and family.
Ali-Ollie Woodson, Former Leader of the Tempations Dies
Ali “Ollie” Woodson, a former lead singer of The Temptations, died yesterday in California. He was 58. Woodson had been battling cancer, said Billy Wilson, president and founder the Motown Alumni Association. Born Oct. 12, 1951, in Detroit, Woodson headed The Temptations for most of the 1980s and 90s. He wrote and sang lead on the 1984 hit “Treat Her Like a Lady.” “He was an excellent singer,” Wilson said. “He’s one of the few singers who was accommodating to virtually everything. He had a style and swagger about himself that was different than the other Temptations.”
DJ Randy Jones Dies
Randy Jones, the morning DJ for East Kentucky Broadcasting’s WDHR in Pikeville, died this past Sunday at his home. Along with being an active member in the community, he was also the voice of Pikeville High School football and basketball games.”Most people started their day with him. At six a.m. the microphone opened and Randy Jones was there to say good morning, it’s going to be a beautiful day. That’s going to be sadly missed, but it’s his contribution to the community that’s really going to be missed,”
Motown Legend HARVEY FUQUA Passes
Buffalo Radio Legend Thelka McCall Passes
Radio Facts is sad to report the passing of a Buffalo radio legend, Thelka McCall who died suddenly in her home last week. She was 81. She was heard on WUFO-AM radio for decades. McCall’s son, Dwayne Dancer Dunovant said his mother “was always the voice for somebody else.” McCall hosted Gospel and Community shows on WUFO-AM for several decades.
Program Director Dies while Swimming
John Andrew “Andyman” Davis, the program director for WWCD-FM, died Sunday evening while swimming in Long Lake, in the Manistee National Forest in northern Michigan. He was 42. During a vacation at Outland ‘s Long Lake Resort, Davis had been taking daily swims around the lake perimeter, said Mason County Undersheriff Tom Trenner. He had been visiting the resort with his wife, Molly, their three children and other family members.
Sydney L. Small, WWRL Owner Dies
Sydney L. “Syd” Small, who owned radio station WWRL and struggled for almost three decades to keep it viable as an alternative media voice, died unexpectedly over the weekend. He was 72 years old.
Gap Band Member, Robert Wilson, Dies of Massive Heart Attack
The founding member of the Gap Band , Robert Wilson died over the weekend of a massive heart attack in his home in Palmdale, CA. He was 53
Craig Wilbraham Dead
He died in his sleep this past weekend. He was 63. He is best known for being the GM at KKBT in the 90s. My mother always said if you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, don’t say anything…. so the story ends here.
Chris Belcher and Lawrence Brown are Big ‘B’ and Cool DJ Law on the air. They performed weekdays on the Boodah Brothers Morning Show on 103 Jamz. Brown, 40, died Sunday of an apparent heart attack.
Impact Record Pool Founder Dannie “Fut” James Has Died
Radio Facts is sad to report the passing of industry legend and Impact Record Pool founder Dannie “Fut” James. He passed on Thursday from complications of Bone Cancer. He has been suffering from the disease for the last couple of years. We will keep you posted on arrangements.
Industry Legend Dick Griffey Has Died
Industry legend Dick Griffey died today. We are not sure what the ailment was but sources say he has been suffering for a long time. Griffey ran Solar records for several years and enjoyed success with such groups as Shalamar.
Industry Vet Stan Bethel has Died
https://radiofacts.com/2010/09/29/industry-vet-stan-bethel-has-died/ After living healthily with a kidney transplant for over thirteen years, Stanley Bethel lost his battle to recover from complications due to his kidney disease. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends at Cedars Sinai hospital on Monday morning, Sept. 27th. Stanley worked with numerous record companies as an independent promoter, as well as starting a music industry publication (Rhythym & Business) and travel industry magazine (Black Traveler).
Promotions Rep Ralph Little Dies
Ralph Little AKA (Big Ralph & Big Boy) from St. Louis. Ralph died yesterday before noon in St Louis. Over the last 40 plus years he worked with major record companies and recording artist like Ray Goodman and Brown (The Moments), Isaac Hayes, Marvin Gaye, Barry White, The O’Jays, Ed Townsend, The Whispers, The Manhattans, The Dramatics just to name a few.
Solomon Burke Dies at Airport in Amsterdam
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We got this email yesterday on industry vet Solomon Burke “We were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing today (Sunday) of Solomon Burke, the Legendary King of Rock & Soul. He was 70. The former preacher turned singer died this morning at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.
Roger “Mr. Prinze” Clayton of Uncle Jamms Army Dies
https://radiofacts.com/2010/10/11/roger-mr-prinze-clayton-of-uncle-jamms-army-dies/ Just got word this morning that yesterday one of the key architects and pillars for West Coast Hip Hop passed away.. We’re talking about Roger Clayton aka Mr Prinzeof the pioneering legendary crew Uncle Jamms Army. This is the 4th pioneering figure the West Coast has lost in the past few years.
Industry Great John Brown Passes
I don’t have a lot of detail on this and I didn’t know John but I heard yesterday that he died this week and Ken Reynolds ran a video of a birthday party given for John
Apparently, I have worked with this man while I was an announcer in LA but I don’t remember him, Kev.. Story source Reel Radio and Los Angeles Radio PeopleChicago native and radio legend Leo Knott passed recently. No details were given about his passing. Knott worked at several stations including WLS, WJCP, WGN, WNOV, KDAY, KACE, KGFJ (we were there at the same time in the early 90s), KJLH and several other station. No details on arrangements as of yet.
Teena Marie has Died
One of the most shocking deaths of the year was soul legend Teena Marie. Radio Facts broke the story and people were in shock and disbelief. I Several people who are close to Teena and her family have called and emailed me to update readers. Sorry to report this sad news a day after Christmas. Ironically, I JUST finished the page on the Deaths for 2010 for a Radio Facts review of 2010 this afternoon. I guess I will have to edit it now. Still no word on the cause of her death. I will keep you posted.