Remembering 70 Soul Music Artists of 2020.

As others who have made it their mission to remember our music artists this year. Detroit Hot Radio is too making it our mission to pay tribute to those we lost.

(January 20, 2020) He was known by millions for a single song, but what a song it was. Robert Parker, the musician and singer who shot to the top of the charts with his 1966 smash, “Barefootin’,” has died at age 89.

The New Orleans born Parker was a saxophonist with eclectic performer Professor Longhair, and became a fixture on the NOLA scene, working with such stars as Irma Thomas and Fats Domino.

(January 28, 2020) Though her career was largely behind the scenes, there is no question of the impact that singer and songwriter Thomassina Carrollyne Smith, a.k.a. Toni Smith, has had on the international music scene. We’re sad to report that according to a post on her Facebook page, Toni (also sometimes called "Tonni") has died, causes unknown.

(January 31, 2020) Atlanta guitarist Ed Stroud, known for his great work on such hits as TLC’s “Waterfalls” and some of the biggest songs by Outkast. He was 57. According to, he died at a local recording studio, causes unknown.

Stroud was well known in the Atlanta music scene, and had continued to perform for years despite health issues.

Harold Beane, a musician who worked with a who’s who of artists, ranging from Isaac Hayes to Rufus Thomas to Funkadelic. He was 73.

Before joining “the Mothership” and working with George Clinton and Funkadelic for a decade and a half, he worked for other important Memphis artists such as Al Green and Eddie Floyd.

Beane made his last major appearance at the Stax Musuem last Fall, performing his “Walk On By” solo from his wheelchair.

(February 8, 2020) the passing of singer and educator Jeff Ramsey, who died after a brief illness. A graduate from the Berklee College of Music, Jeff toured and recorded the world over with such artists as Lalah Hathaway, Al Jarreau, Patrice Rushen, Maxwell, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, and Barbara Streisand, before truly making a mark on his own.