As 2010 draws to a close, we're thinking of three giants in R&B and soul music that we lost this year: Teddy Pendergrass, Solomon Burke, and Teena Marie. Pendergrass, who passed away on Jan. 13, was a prolific singer and songwriter who got his start as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes—who went on to have major success with songs like "I Miss You," and "Wake Up Everybody" (both of which were covered or sampled by many artists, including Bobby Womack, John Legend & The Roots, Dondria, Big Boi, and Jay-Z). Pendergrass had even greater success as a solo artist, with hits like "Turn Off the Lights," "Love TKO," "Come on and Go with Me," and my personal favorite, "When Somebody Loves You Back," just to name a few. Fellow legend Solomon Burke, known as "The King of Rock and Soul," passed on Oct. 10. His contribution to the music world was hard to measure; throughout his long career he released hits including "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love," which went on to be covered by The Rolling Stones and The Blues Brothers, among others. Most recently, R&B belter Teena Marie, "Lady Tee" (pictured), passed away on Dec. 26. She began her career as a protégé of late R&B legend Rick James, and went on to have a strong career with hits including "I Need Your Lovin'," "Lovergirl," "Square Biz," and "Ooo La La La" (the latter song was sampled by The Fugees and garnered them a major hit with “Fu-Gee-La”). It's worth taking a moment to remember these great artists, whose influence will live on along with the great records they made. We'll say goodbye, but we won't forget.