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.
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Today we feature music from the 60’s
This installment of the Chain features our travels starting with “Summer Rain” and ends with “Crazy”. Listen as we travel through song titles.
This we an extended edition of The Sounds of The 70’s. This week music from – Minnie Ripperton, David Bowie, Supertramp, Addrisi Brothers, Rod Stewart, Hues Corporation, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Chicago and more . . .
The Temptations are an American vocal group notable for their success with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. Known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy wardrobe, the group was highly influential in the evolution of R&B and soul music. Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history. As of 2017, the Temptations continue to perform with one original member, Otis Williams, still in the lineup.
Featuring five male vocalists and dancers (save for brief periods with fewer or more members), the group formed in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan under the name The Elgins. The original founding members were originally members of two rival Detroit vocal groups: Otis Williams, Elbridge “Al” Bryant, and Melvin Franklin of Otis Williams & the Distants, and Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams of the Primes. In 1964, Bryant was replaced by David Ruffin, who was the lead vocalist on a number of the group’s biggest hits, including “My Girl” (1964), “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” (1966), and “I Wish It Would Rain” (1967). Ruffin was replaced in 1968 by Dennis Edwards, with whom the group continued to record hit records such as “Cloud Nine” (1969) and “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)” (1970). The group’s lineup has changed frequently since the departures of Kendricks and Paul Williams from the act in 1971. Later members of the group have included singers such as Richard Street, Damon Harris, Ron Tyson, and Ali-Ollie Woodson, with whom the group scored a late-period hit in 1984 with “Treat Her Like a Lady”.
Over the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and fourteen R&B number-one singles, and their material has earned them three Grammy Awards. The Temptations were the first Motown recording act to win a Grammy Award – for “Cloud Nine” in 1969 – and in 2013 received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Six of the Temptations (Edwards, Franklin, Kendricks, Ruffin, Otis Williams and Paul Williams) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Three classic Temptations songs, “My Girl”, “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)”, and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”, are among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The Temptations were also ranked at number 68 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of all time. – Wikipedia
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Last evening we began our Christmas Music Weekend with part 1, and this evening, it’s part 2 on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s.” On the holiday playlist will be songs by: George Michael & Wham, the Whispers, Gerald Alston, New Edition, the Temptations, Sheena Easton, Paul McCartney, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Bon Jovi, Run D.M.C., the Skyliners and many more. We kick it off at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. The Christmas fun continues later this evening with “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
Well, with this massive, oppressive heatwave gripping the nation, let’s cool it off with some “Sweet Soul Music” this evening on “Great Soul Performances.” On tap I’ve got songs by: The Temptations, Brenda & the Tabulations, Joe Tex, the Unifics, MFSB, New York City, Ron Tyson & the Ethics, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Donnie Elbert, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles, Lou Rawls, Donna Summer; live in concert in N.Y.C. and a “cooler” full of other fantastic songs by fantastic artists. The party begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. I’ll be looking for your “face in the place” here with “Great Soul Performances” on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
This evening on “Great Soul Performances,” I’ve got some good things for you. You’ll hear: The Impressions, the Temptations, William Bell, Love Committee, Lloyd Price, the Tymes, Enchantment, Barbara Mason, Jimmy Castor, the Detroit Emeralds, Wayne Brady, Doris Troy; live in concert, and many more. The festivities begin at 7PM EDT, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. Remember, on Monday the show will be available “On Demand.” You can click on the PODCAST link. So join me later on for “Great Soul Performances” only on RadioMaxMusic.com. – Bobby Jay