Harvey Fuqua (July 27, 1929 – July 6, 2010) was an American rhythm-and-blues singer, songwriter, record producer, and record label executive.
Fuqua founded the seminal R&B/doo-wop group the Moonglows in the 1950s. He is notable as one of the key figures in the development of the Motown label in Detroit, Michigan. His group gave Marvin Gaye a start in his music career. Fuqua and his wife at the time, Gwen Gordy, distributed the first Motown hit single, Barrett Strong’s “Money (That’s What I Want)”, on their record label, Anna Records. Fuqua later sold Anna Records to Gwen’s brother Berry Gordy and became a songwriter and executive at Motown. He was the nephew of Charlie Fuqua of the Ink Spots and the uncle of the filmmaker Antoine Fuqua. – Wikipedia
This evening on “Great Soul Performances,” on the playlist is: Jeffrey Osborne & L.T.D., the Four Tops, Curtis Mayfield, Nancy Wilson, Gladys Knight, the Isley Brothers, Lionel Ritchie & the Commodores, the Spinners, Etta James & Harvey Fuqua and Darlene Love in concert. We’ll get together at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT on RadioMaxMusic.com.
This evening on “Great Soul Performances” we will once again pay tribute to another soldier in the Soul/R&B Doo Wop army, the late Bobbie Smith of the Spinners. You’ll hear the Spinners with Bobbie singing lead vocals, from the group’s early years on Harvey Fuqua‘s Tri-Phi record label, through their Motown and Atlantic years. We’ll also play songs by the Beginning Of The End, Barbara Mason, a cut from the new Aaron Neville CD; in fact the title tune “My True Story;” which I sang background on, Blue Magic, Bruno Mars, the Whispers, Jan Bradley and more.
We start at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT, with an encore performance Monday evening at 10PM eastern. So please join me, won’t you on RadioMaxMusic.com.
I was also saddened to hear of the passing of my long time friend Floyd “Buddy” McRae of the Chords. Buddy said to me at the funeral of Jimmy Keyes, that since he was the last living member of the group, that he was just a “note” because you needed three notes to make a “Chord.” Well now, the last note has sung. R.I.P Buddy. – Bobby Jay