Motown’s Frank Wilson 1940-2012 R.I.P.

 

Wrote and produced
hits for Motown legends such as Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The
Miracles, the Four Tops, the Temptations
and Eddie Kendricks.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Sad news for aficionados of classic soul and funk:
songwriter/producer/singer Frank Wilson passed away yesterday (Sept. 21) at the age of 70, following a battle with
prostate cancer.  Wilson was a mainstay of the Motown family
during the label’s classic era, penning numerous hits and producing the acts.
He also released his own single, “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do),” but for some
reason decided not to release it and instead focused on his producing. A
surviving demo copy of the 45 reportedly netted over £25,000 in England in May
2009.

 

Wilson
later became a minister, producing gospel music and authoring several books. A
helpful biography of Wilson can be found at the UK website Soul
Source.

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