Inglewood Park Cemetery

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Buried here are multiple artists including:

Billy Preston

He collaborated with some of the greatest names in the music industry, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Band, Nat King Cole, Little Richard, Eric Burdon, Ray Charles, George Harrison, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, King Curtis, Sammy Davis Jr., Aretha Franklin, the Jackson 5, Quincy Jones, Mick Jagger, Richie Sambora, Sly Stone, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ringo Starr.

Billy was one of only five musicians credited on a Beatles recording other than the group’s four members. 

Billy died at the age of 59 on June 6, 2006 due to  to respiratory failure.

Richard Berry

He is best known as the composer and original performer of the rock standard “Louie Louie“.

Richard died of heart failure on January 23, 1997 at the age of 61.

Ray Charles

Incredible singer, composer and musician. His music covered many diverse genres including rock, gospel, country, blues and jazz. Ray is a 17-time Grammy Award winner. He was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987 and 10 of his recordings have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Ray died at the age of 73 on June 10, 2004 from the complications of liver failure.

Percy Mayfield

He was famous for the songs “Hit the Road Jack” and “Please Send Me Someone to Love“. He was also a successful rhythm and blues artist.

Percy died of a heart attack on August 11, 1984, one day before his 64th birthday.

Syreeta Wright

She was a singer-songwriter most notably known for her work with her ex-husband Stevie Wonder and Billy Preston.

Syreeta passed away on July 6, 2004 at the age of 57 of congestive heart failure, which was a side effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatments she was receiving for breast and bone cancer.

Brycyn J. M. Evans

A producer and musician, he worked with R&B artists and producers such as Tamia,Tupac, Quincy Jones III, Ray J, Lil Mo, Queen Latifah, Changing Faces, Missy Elliott, Nicole Ray, and others.

Brycyn died at the age of 21 on July 20, 2000.

Clarence T. Dixon

Clarence was a baritone singer and was an original member of The Four Knights.

Clarence passed away on January 25, 1992 at the age of 68.

Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton

She wrote and sang “Ball and Chain” and is said to have heavily influenced the lives of many women singers including Janis Joplin. She was the first to record Leiber and Stoller’s “Hound Dog”, in 1952, which became her biggest hit selling almost two million copies.

Big Mama died on July 25, 1984 at the age of 57 from heart and liver disorders due to her alcohol abuse.

Charles Mose Brown

During the 1950s he had hits with “Drifting Blues”, “Hard Times” and “Troubled Times.” Charles’ song “Please Come Home for Christmas” was a hit in 1960 and has remained popular during the Christmas holiday.

Charles died of congestive heart failure on  January 21, 1999 a the age if 76. A few months after his death, he was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cornell E. Gunter

Gunter was an original member of The Platters and was also a member of The Coasters from 1957 to 1961.  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 as a member of The Coasters.

Cornell was shot while sitting in his car in Las Vegas on February 26, 1990 at the age of 53. The murderer has never been found.

Inglewood Park Cemetery
720 East Florence Ave
Inglewood CA 90301
610 412-6500