The Darrell Banks Story

One of Soul Music's finest voices was silenced forever at 12:10pm, on Tuesday 24th February 1970. 

Interred to this day in a grave which bears no name, this major talent had a brief career which exploded into the charts in 1966. 

Four years later he died in tragic circumstances as a result of an altercation on LaSalle Boulevard in North West Detroit.

For our Second Anniversary, SoulfulDetroit plans to raise funds to finally put in place a memorial plaque at the grave of  this legendary singer.

Darrell Banks deserves nothing less.

[NOTE ADDED July 2004: Funds have successfully been raised for a memorial bench marker, by internet solicitation, from fans around the world! A memorial bench now adorns his formerly unmarked grave. Please click here for details.]

Notes thanks to David Meikle.

Special thanks to Richard Pack, Trevor Swaine, SisDetroit, Mel & Then Some, Keith Rylatt, Mick Donnelly, Lars G. Nilsson, Graham Finch, Zetty Walker of Detroit Memorial Park Cemetery, Anna Savvides of Detroit Public Library.



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