Jeffrey Bernard Carter-DJ Big Jeff - 2012
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Bob Simmons-DJ Big Bob Simmons - 2012
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DJ Bill Humphreys - 2011
DJ Don Cheatham - 2011
DJ Richard E. Pegue - 2009
DJ Jimmy Lee
DJ "Bus Stop" Charlie Green
DJ George Macaroni
DJ William "Still Bill" Johnson
Cathy Amos - Reynolds Lounge - 2011
Bill Butler - Black Mary & JF Prod
Arlene Jones - DeJaVu 2009
Kitty Neeley - The Olde Timers
Donald Fox - Classic Five

PeeWee - The Afros
Michael Maxey - JF Productions
Joselyn McGhee - JF Productions
Gail Swanegan - JF Productions
Gail Sawyer - JF Productions
Charles Edwards - JF Productions
John "JB" Bonds - JF Productions
Delores White - JF Productions
Roxanne Carr - JF Productions
Maurice Smith - JF Productions
Howard "Bucky" Rowell - JF Productions
Lynette Tensley - JF Productions/Fun Bunch (August 2013)
Diane Nelson - JF Productions/Black Mary (August 2013)
Cari Yancy - JF Production (FEb 2014)
Dave Jones - JF Production (Feb 2014)
Howard Rowell - JF Production (Oct 2014

Cynthia Anderson (line dance instructor) February 2014 JF Production
Lonnie Edwards - JF Production (May 2015)

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Patricia Pruitt - JF Productions 2012
Gene Artis
Michael "Weasel" Manney

Reuben Jameson
Jeff Hodges
Mildred Scott
Loretta Jackson
Mario Brown
Michael Scott
Dorthea Morgan
Big Louie
Bazemore, Sr.
Jessie Smith
Millicent Scott
Baby Leroy
Frank "red"
Ruth Heard
Tim Lewis
Tina Barnes
William Louden
Leonard Williams
Milton Clayton
Diane White of The Apartment Lounge
Marlon Fincher
Phil Steele (February 2013)
Althea McCraven (September 2013)
Jimmy Lee Rooks, "Twin" (August 2013)
Tim Gibson - JF Production (February 2014)
Monroe Allen (August 2014)
Joyce Jackson (September 2014)
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Shawn Sims (Manager at the Dorchester Inn) November 2014
Fletcher Whitherspoon (10/10/14)

Bobby (BJ) Thomas
(March 2014)
Hardy White  (July 2015)
Moses "Lucky" Cordell (July 2015)


Celebrities we will miss . . .

Phyllis Hyman - 1995
"Aaliya" Dana Hamilton
Kenny Green of Intro - 2001
Lisa "Left Eye Lopez of TLC 2002
Gerald LeVert - 2006
Sean LeVert-2008
Eugene Record of the Chi-Lites
Chris Reeves - "Superman"
Dana Plato - "Different Strokes"
Gary Coleman - "Different Strokes"
Frank Sinatra
Marilyn Monroe
Jane Mansfield
Lucille Ball
Natalie Wood
Nat "King" Cole
Ray Charles
Richard Pryor
Bernie Mack
Rodney Dangerfield
Walt Disney
Walter Matheau
Elizabeth Taylor

Gilda Radner  & John Belushi of Saturday Nite Live
James Brown-Godfather Of Soul 2006
James Dean
Jimmy Stewart
John Candy
John Lemon
Johnny Carson - Tonight Show
John & Robert Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jimmy Hendricks
Judy Garland
Karen Carpenter - Close To You
Audrey Hepburn
Katherine Hepburn
Ephram Lewis 1994

Celeste Holmes
Chad Everett (Medical Center-tv show)
Vidal Sassoon
Andy Griffith
George Linsay (Goober Pyle on Andy
Griffith show)
Dick Clark
Donna Summer
Whitney Houston
Robin Gibbs (The BeeGees)
Davy Jones (The Monkeys
Peter Breck (Nick in the Big Valley)
Ben Gazzara (Run For Your Life)
Robert Hegyes (Epstein on Welcome Back Kotter)
James Farentino (Dynasty)
Sherman Hemsley (The Jeffersons)
Michael Clark Duncan (
The Green Mile)
Dave Brubeck (December 2012)
Linda Howard (from High Energy (2012 December)
Inez Andrews (Gospel Singer, December 2012)
Ken Chaney, Jazz pianist (December 2012)
Jimmy McCracklin "The Walk" (2012 December)
Douglas Lee Dorman (bass guitarist for the Iron Butterfly (December 2012)
Marva Whitney, one of James Brown's singers with the JB's (December 2012)
Fontella Bass, "Rescue Me" (December 2012)
Pattie Page "How is That Doggie In The Window" (December 2012)

Esther Williams (actress - swimmer)

David "Deacon" Jones - NFL
Jean Stepleton (Edith Bunker, on "All in the Family")
Jeanne Cooper (The Young & The Restless)
Chris Kelly (Kriss Kross - rappers)
Pat Summerall (NFL & sports broadcaster)
Jonathan Winters (Comedian)
Annette Funicello (original Micky Mouse Club) & actress)
Margaret Thatchet (British Prime Minister)
Roger Ebert (film critic)
President Hugo Chavez
Bonnie Franklin (One Day at a Time)
Jerry Buss (Lakers Owner)
Ed Koch (NY City Mayor)
Stan Musial (one of baseball's greatest hitters)
Patty Andrews (The Andrews sisters)
Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby)

Amy Winehouse
Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith
Hugh Hefner
David Nelson-"Ozzie & Harriet"
Betty Ford
Clarence Clemons
Cliff Robertson
Frances Bay
Harry Morgan-M.A.S.H.
"Smokin" Joe Frazier
Peter Falk-"Colombo"
Troy Davis
Andy Rooney
Steve Jobs-Apple Founder
Jackie Cooper
Chita (The Chimpanzee from Tarzan)

Peter Graves-Mission Impossible on TV
John Forsythe & Tom Bosley of
Charlie's Angels
Dixie Carter of Designing Women
Lynn Redgrave
Lena Horne
Dennis Hopper
Rue McClanahan of Maude
Tony Curtis
Jimmy Dean-Sausage/Country singer
Eddie Fisher-Actor
Barbara Billingsley played
"June Cleaver"
Teena Marie

Naomi Sims-1st Black Supermodel 2009
James Moody-Jazz Sax & Flut
Gil Bernal-Sax & Singer "Smokie Joe's Cafe"
Col. Charles P. Murray, Jr. - Medal of Honor Winner 2011
Jerry Leiber-Rock N Roll Lyricist 2011
Frank DiLeo-"Goodfellas" 2011

Donald Byrd II, "Flight Time"
(February 2013)
Magic Slim Morris Holt) blues singer February 2013
Damon Harris (born Otis Robert Harris, Jr) Temptations 1971 to 1975
GrahamArmstrong, former Program Director at WGCI-FM in Chicago (March 2013)
Bobby Rogers co-founder of the Miraclse (March 2013)
Robert Smith of the Spinners
(March 2013)
Deke Richards Motown Songwriter (March 2013)
Clarence Burke Je of the Five Stairsteps of Chicago (May 2013
Marvin Junior, Sr. of the Dells
(May 2013)
Mulgrew Miller "I Hear A Rhapsody" (May 2013)
Jean Stapleton of All In The Family" (June 2013)
Bobby Mansfield, lead singer of the Wrens "Reckless" (September 2013)

Jackie Robinson
Fred "Reuben" Berry
Barry White
Ella Fitzgerald
Mahalia Jackson
Mabel King
Pearl Bailey
Redd Foxx
Shirley Hemphill
Alvin Ailey
David "Pop" Winans
Kirby Puckett/Baseball
Nel Carter
Esther Rolle
Isabel Sanford
Lawanda Pages-Aunt Esther of Sanford & Son
Whitman Mayo-Grady of Sanford & Son
Isaac Hayes
Dwight Arrington aka "Heavy D" Myers
Biggie Smalls
Clarice Taylor the grandmother in Cosby
Chetah the chimp from "Tarzan"
Teddy Pendergrass
Pervis Jackson of the "Spinners"
Max Roach-Drummer
Eddie Fisher-Guitarist
Calvin Lockhart-2007
Freddie Prinz Sr of Chico and the Man
Coretta Scott King 2006
Floyd Patterson-Heavy Weight Champion
Johnnie Wilder Jr the Lead singer of Heatwave
Wayman Tisdale-NBA player and Jazz Musician
Jean Stansberry of WVON-AM 1450 - 2011
Walter Gains, baritone singer of The Originals
Charles Mingo-former    DuSable High Principal in February 2012

Jim Lange (TVs The Dating Game
Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters)
Ralph Waite (the father on "The Waltons)
Shirley Temple
Richard Bull (played Nels Oleson on Little House On the Prairie)
Phillip Seymour Hoffman (actor)
Dave Madden (The Partridge Family)
Phil Everly (The Everly Brothers)
James Avery (the father in "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)

Joan Fontaine (actress)
Peter O'Toole (actor)
Paul Walker (Fast & Furious)
Tom Clancy (book author)
Ken Norton (boxer)
Eydie Gorme (Steve & Eydie)
Dennis Farina (Law & Order)
Cory Monteith (Glee)
James Gandolfini
(The Sopranos)
Lou Myers (A Different World, Mr. Gaines)
Conrad Bain (father on Diff'rent Strokes)
Patti Page (The Tennessee Waltz singer)

Larry "Superjock" Lujack who reigned supreme at WLS-AM & FM, in Chicago has made his transition at the age of 73. 

Larry Lujack 1940-2013

Legendary “Superjock” Larry Lujack, a Radio Hall of Famer and one of broadcasting’s all-time greats, has died of cancer at 73.
He had been battling esophageal cancer for the last year and was in hospice care in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when he died.


Donald "Duck" Dunn legendary bassist, has made his transition
at the age of 70  -  2012

“Green Onions”
Steve Cropper & Donald “Duck” Dunn

  Booker T. & The MG's


Mark Abrahamian, lead guitarist for Starship has made his transition - 2012.


“We Built This City” – Starship


Actor Al Freeman, Jr has passed on at the age of 78 ...  3/21/34 - 8/9/12
The Florida Courier reports as follows:

The man who played Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee’s epic film, “Malcolm X,” Al Freeman Jr., has died. He was 78.

Al Freeman Jr.   

Freeman also was the first African-American to win a Daytime Emmy Award.  Howard University confirmed his death on Aug. 10. Freeman taught acting there for years and served as chairman and artistic director of its theater arts department.

“He was a brilliant professor, a renowned actor and a master director who made his mark in the classroom as well as on stage, screen and television. … He has mentored and taught scores of outstanding actors. He was a resounding voice of Howard and will be missed,” university spokeswoman Kerry-Ann Hamilton said in a statement.

Freeman’s performance in “Malcolm X’’ won him an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture.

Raised between San Antonio, Texas, and Cleveland, Ohio, Freeman was the son of a jazz musician and actor who raised him in part as a single father after a divorce. He went on to study at Los Angeles City College, where his love of acting developed. Soon thereafter, he relocated to New York to pursue a career in theater.

First Black to direct soap
Freeman’s first big Broadway role came in 1962, when he appeared opposite Cicely Tyson in “Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright.” Two years later, he gained acclaim in James Baldwin’s “Blues for Mister Charlie,” where he played a lynching victim based loosely on Emmitt Till. He performed in the film adaptation of Amiri Baraka’s (then LeRoi Jones) “The Dutchman” in 1967.

In 1972, he became one of the first African-American soap opera stars when he joined the cast of “One Life to Live’’ as police captain Ed Hall. He won the Daytime Emmy seven years later. During his 15 year-run with the series, Freeman also became the first Black to direct a soap opera.

Freeman played Malcolm X in the 1979 miniseries “Roots: The Next Generations,” garnering another Emmy nomination. Of his many television guest appearances, Freeman’s 1985 role as Heathcliff Huxtable’s former college track coach is perhaps the best known.

After numerous auditions, Spike Lee chose Freeman as the pivotal role of Elijah Muhammad, a casting that was widely praised. Freeman told the Washington Post in 1992 “I had never seen Elijah alive, but I had heard him on the radio. His voice was an octave higher than mine and he put sentences together in an odd way. The difficult part was not to imitate but to give an essence.”

A report from Ebony magazine was used in compiling this report.


Remembering Carl Davis ( transition 8/9/12)
Carl entered the music biz in the 1950s when he helped Windy City radio legend Al Benson organize his weekly tip sheet. By the early 1960s, Carl was hired by Columbia Records to work in sales. However, Carl’s true desire was to produce – and all it took was one record to establish him as a top notch man of the studio boards. That single was Gene Chandler’s “Duke of Earl”, a #1 hit on both the pop and R&B charts in 1962 . . . read more by clicking the link below

Von Freeman, Chicago's legendary jazz saxophonist has made his transition at the age of 88.  For more on Von Freeman click here

“Doin’ It Right Now
 – Von Freeman - 1972

“Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” – Von Freeman at the University of Chicago, Feb. 24, 2011


 Von Freeman Interview and Performance at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.


May, 2012
Chuck Brown
The Godfather of Go-Go music has made his transition at the age of 75.

Chuck Brown – An oral history

 “Bustin’ Loose” – Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers - 1978


May, 2012
The "original noise-bringer" laid down seminal tracks for Chess Records and launched fusion fusillades with Miles Davis.

As one of the more criminally glossed-over guitar heroes of jazz-rock’s psychedelic heyday, Pete Cosey had an unflashy but unusual knack for making six strings sound like a thousand. When the news broke on May 30 of his death in Chicago at the age of 68, all those scorching leads may have gone silent, but the legacy Cosey left behind—including his classic late-’60s recordings with Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and above all his groundbreaking fusion work with Miles Davis—will resonate among guitar heads for decades to come.

 Pete Cosey made his transition at the age of 68
June, 2012

“Moesha” & “The Parkers” star Yvette Wilson transitions

June 5, 2012 - LOU PRIDE - Chicago blues singer has made his transition.


Born George Lou Pride on May 24, 1944 in Chicago, he grew up on the Windy City’s north side and first experienced singing gospel music, attending the Baptist Church pastored by Nat King Cole’s father. Watching a live B.B. King performance converted Pride, however, and he was soon on his way singing soul and blues on the Chitlin' Circuit throughout the South and Midwest. His first acclaimed singles were recorded in the early ‘70s while living in El Paso, Texas, and he soon relocated to New Mexico. He toured early on with such artists as B.B. King, Clarence Carter, Betty Wright, Koko Taylor and Kool and the Gang.

After returning home to Chicago, he was introduced to the great Curtis Mayfield, who recorded him for his Curtom Records label. He later recorded for a number of other labels, including several albums for Ichiban in the ‘90s before hooking up with Severn Records at the turn of the 21st century.

“Midnight Call” – Lou Pride

“I’m Com’un Home In The Morn’un – Lou Pride - 1972
  Lionel Batiste, the bass drummer, vocalist and assistant leader of the Treme Brass Band and the face of the Treme neighborhood’s bicentennial, transitioned today. He was 81.  Benny Jones Sr., the brass band’s leader, confirmed the death. He said Mr. Batiste had been ill for about a month before he died, but did not specify the cause of death.

Mr. Jones said Mr. Batiste (pronounced buh-TEEST), a fixture on the New Orleans music scene known professionally as Uncle Lionel Batiste, had played the bass drum since childhood and had been with the Treme Brass Band since it was formed in 1995.

Treme Brass Band with “Uncle” Lionel Batest, Benny Jones, Sr. and many others


Lionel Batiste, Sr.


Uncle Lionel Batiste – “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”
June, 2012

Robin Hugh Gibb,  (22 December 1949 – 20 May 2012) has made his transition having succumbed to cancer. He is best known as a member of the Bee Gees, co-founded with his twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry. He had a brother, Andy Gibb, that was also a very popular singer.

Born in the Isle of Man to English parents, the family later moved to Manchester before settling in Brisbane, Australia. Gibb began his career as part of the family trio and when the group found major success they returned to the United Kingdom. With record sales estimated in excess of 200 million units, the Bee Gees became one of the most successful pop groups of all time.

“Stayin’ Alive” – The Bee Gees - This is the movie version which has a slower tempo than the original


“Another Lonely Night In New York” – Robin Gibb – A video tribute to the late Robin Gibb  


“Tragedy” – The Bee Gees - 1979


“You Should Be Dancing” – The Bee Gees - 1976

Belita Karen Woods, former lead singer of the 70's R&B group Brainstorm and performer with the legendary Parliament-Funkadelic for more than 20 years has made her transition at the age of 63.

- May 2012

NBA  RELEASE - Sunday 13 May 2012

The Basketball Hall of Fame mourns the passing of Ken Hudson, the first African-American NBA referee, former head of the legendary Boston Shootout event, Coca Cola executive and recipient of the Basketball Hall of Fame's 2009 Mannie Jackson, Basketball's Human Spirit Award alongside NBA legends Bob Lanier and Alonzo Mourning. 

" Ken was a true pioneer for the game of basketball, not only as an official but for his impact through the Boston Shootout with the future stars of the game," said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  " He was an ideal recipient for the Mannie Jackson Spirit Award and he will be missed in the basketball community."

- June 2012
Orlando Woolridge
former NBA star who played for The Chicago Bulls, L. A. Lakers and several other teams, made his transition at the age of 52. He was a star player in college at Notre Dame. He was the Bulls leading scorer until a guy named Jordan joined the team. Click on the link below to read about this great and gifted player.

Orlando Wooldridge interviewed by Chick Hearn


Orlando Woolridge’s 1984 first “Rider” dunk ever


During the 1984 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, Orlando Woolridge, Michael Jordan's former team-mate during the 80's, made one of the most significant attempt in the history of Dunking... Indeed, he was the first popular dunker to pass the ball between his legs before dunking. For this dunk, he received a 48. This event changed many things in today's dunking because this move have now, been used a lot of times and upgrade by a lot of high flyers.  In 1994, Isaiah Rider (that's why we call it the Rider) re used this dunk in order to win the contest and Kobe Bryant too, back in 1997.
Nowadays this move include a lot of variations (fake, 360, reverse, from a lob) and it's still one of the most difficult dunk you can find.

The career of Richard Dawson, who died Sunday at age 79, breaks down, broadly speaking, into two not unrelated parts, each of which displayed and depended upon a certain roguish, vaguely foreign charm. American audiences first got to know him as Cpl. Peter Newkirk on the prisoners-of-war sitcom "Hogan's Heroes"; later we grew to love him as the first and still most famous host of "Family Feud"  for the entirety of its first run (1976-85) and for the final season of its second (1994-95), after which he retired from show business.

- May 2012

LeRoy Ellis who played on the L. A. Lakers NBA Championship team in 1971-1972 has made his transition at the age of 72 after a long battle with cancer. He played 14 years in the NBA. He also played on the first Portland Trailblazers first team in 1920-1971. It was his only season in Portland.
Kirkland Burke

LeRoy Ellis interview talks about the Lakers’ 1971-1972 NBA Championship team.

LeRoy Ellis has transitioned at the age of 72

- June2012

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