Three more greats bow out

September’s not been a great month for soul and R&B fans.

Fifties R&B singer Napoleon ‘Nappy’ Brown (1929-2008) died on the 20th after a long illness.

Legendary session drummer Earl Palmer (1924-2008), one of the most recorded musicians in history, died on the 19th. He was featured in the film Keepintime: Talking Drums Whispering Vinyl which was shown as the support on DJ Shadow’s 2002 tour.

Finally, Opal Courtney Jr. (1936-2008), singer with Doo Wop group the Spaniels (best remembered for their 1954 hit “Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight”) succumbed to a fatal heart attack on the 18th.


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