2008 YIR: Remembering Mac, Wexler, Major

In a year where many changes were made, whether good or bad, we lost several illuminating figures in entertainment. From Bernie Mac to Isaac Hayes, their contributions to music, film, television and the community will never be forgotten. 2008 – In Memory Of: (Click On Each Name For More Information) Stephen “Static Major” Garrett (1974-2008) Former member of R&B group Playa and hit making producer. Bernie Mac (1957 – 2008) Legendary comedian, actor and King of Comedy. Jerry Wexler (1917 – 2008) Legendary music icon, invented the term Rhythm & Blues Sean Levert (1968 – 2008) R&B singer, son of Eddie Levert and brother of Gerald Levert. Shakir Stewart (1974 – 2008) Def Jam executive known for signing acts including Ciara. Isaac Hayes (1942 – 2008) Academy and Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter. Dee Dee Warwick (1945 – 2008) Soul singer and Dionne Warwick’s younger sister. Jheryl Busby (1949 – 2008) Former President and Chief Executive of Motown Records. Napoleon “Nappy Brown” Brown (1929 – 2008) R&B singer/Blues Singer Bo Diddley (1928 – 2008) Influential singer/songwriter, guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee. Bob Jones (1936 – 2008) Publicist for Michael Jackson who coined the star “The King of Pop”. Miriam Makeba (1932 – 2008) Legendary South African singer and outspoken opponent of apartheid. Clyde Otis (1924 – 2008) First African American A&R Executive for a major label. Levi Stubbs (1936 – 2008) Legendary front man of the Four Tops. Al Wilson (1939 – 2008) Best known for the hit song “Show and Tell”


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