Tagged Motown

Saturday 6pm ET: Feature Artist – Frank Wilson

Frank Edward Wilson (December 5, 1940 – September 27, 2012) was an American songwriter, singer and record producer for Motown Records.

In 1965, Berry Gordy asked the producers Hal Davis and Marc Gordon to set up an office of Motown in Los Angeles. Wilson accepted an offer to join the team. In December 1965, “Stevie” by Patrice Holloway (V.I.P. 25001) was the first single released from the West Coast operation and featured Wilson in the songwriting credits. Asked by Gordy to re-locate to Detroit, Wilson went on to write and produce hit records for Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, the Miracles, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Eddie Kendricks, and more. He became particularly important after Holland-Dozier-Holland left the company. Additionally, after leaving Motown, Wilson produced a gold disc earning album by Lenny Williams, former lead singer for Tower of Power, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr, former members of the Fifth Dimension, Alton McClain & Destiny, New Birth and the Grammy nominated album, Motown Comes Home.

He also launched his own publishing firms, Traco Music and Specolite Music, Ascap and BMI companies. During the next four years, Wilson recorded, released and published more than 40 copyrighted compositions, including, “It Must Be Love”, by Judy Wieder & John Footman, “Stares and Whispers” by Terry McFadden and John Footman, “Star Love” by Judy Wieder and John Footman, and “You Got Me Running” by Judy Wieder and Clay Drayton. Earlier, Wilson had also tried his hand at being a recording artist himself, recording the single “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” for release on the Motown subsidiary label ‘Soul.’ Supposedly 250 demo 45s were pressed, but by that time Wilson decided he would rather focus on producing and he had the demos trashed. Somehow at least two known copies survived, one of which fetched over £25,000 in May 2009.

Because of the scarcity of the original single and the high quality of the music (it was one of the most popular records in the Northern soul movement), it has been championed as one of the rarest and most valuable records in history (along with other “impossible to find” records by such acts as Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, and the Five Sharps).

Wilson left Motown in 1976 and became a born again Christian. He became a minister, traveling and writing books with his wife Bunny Wilson, and was also involved in the production of gospel music as well. In 2004, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Vision International University in Ramona, California and founded the New Dawn Christian Village in Los Angeles.

Wilson died on September 27, 2012 in Duarte, California after a long battle with prostate cancer, he was 71 years old.

Wednesday 1:30pm: Sounds of The 70s

This week we feature music from:  Leo Sayer, George Harrison, John Denver, Gerry Rafferty, Manhattan Transfer, Jim Croce, Elton John, Billy Joel, Marvin Gaye, Meat Loaf, Dion, Carole King, Linda Clifford, Bruce Springsteen and more . . .

Thursday 6pm: Across The Tracks

In this installment of Across The Tracks we feature tunes with “Cold” in the title.

Thursday 6pm: The Chain with Ron Kovacs

We scoured the library and chained 4 hours of music starting at 6pm on RadioMaxMusic.

Wednesday 1pm: Sounds of The 70’s

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances / Motown 60th Anniversary with Bobby Jay

Join Bobby Jay with a Great Soul Performances salute to Motown and 60 years!

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances – Motown Remakes with Bobby Jay

motownIt’s been a little while, so I believe it’s time for another edition of “Motown Remakes” on “Great Soul Performances.” Always a lot of fun, we feature those Pop, R&B and even Jazz artists that have remade or covered those great Motown classics. And of course, Motown itself covered and remade songs all the time of their own catalog by other Motown acts.

This is a special encore performance of TWO programs from January and November 2013.  Enjoy and join Bobby Jay next week for another edition of Great Soul Performances.

Encore these programs starting 5pm on RadioMaxMusic.