April 1 marks the 25th anniversary of the death of R&B singer Marvin Gaye. In honor of Marvin, remembered for his talents in rhythm and blues, we’ve included a list from Legacy.com of many other R&B singers who have had a major influence on the genre and are still celebrated today.
Once termed “race music,” the R&B genre stems from African Americans in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Widely celebrated for their talents, the rhythm and blues of many late iconic singers greatly influenced the genre, now popular in the mainstream. These musicians continue to be remembered by their families, friends and devoted fans and are among the most visited Guest Books of R&B singers featured on Legacy.com, the Web’s dominant resource for obituary information and online memorials.
In your coverage of music, entertainment and pop culture, we thought you might find this list interesting. The talented Gerald Levert leads the pack with an impressive 20,533 posted Guest Book entries!
Other notables on the list of R&B singers include Luther Vandross, James Brown, Ray Charles and Aaliyah. The complete top 10 list is included below, along with a screen grab from the Gerald Levert Guest Book featuring entries from as recent as March 29, 2009.
Most Visited Guest Books: R&B Singers
· Gerald Levert
· Luther Vandross
· James Brown
· Isaac Hayes
· Ray Charles
· Sean Levert
· Lou Rawls
· Lisa Lopes
· June Pointer