Van McCoy, producer, songwriter
Songwriter ~ Producer ~ Singer
birth name: Van Allen Clinton McCoy

Van McCoy

January 6, 1940, Washington DC ~ July 6, 1979, Englewood, NJ

In his 39 years he amassed a diverse body of works and production styles that heavily influenced the music landscape. His love and fascination with classical music placed him among the first to use strings and other symphonic instruments in Pop Culture music. The McCoy influence continues to be heard in today’s musical productions. His music is regularly played on the radio, used in TV shows, movies, on stage and in commercials. The original recorded versions are usually preferred over new covers. This reflects the endearing qualities and continuing appreciation for his works. ~ Van McCoy Music Inc: Van McCoy ~ retrieved July 4, 2013 © Van McCoy Music

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The McCoy sound, including upbeat tempos, innovative use of “scatting” strings, and full-bore brass and sax riffs, became instantly recognizable to professionals and fans alike. More than a “formula,” his composing and arranging style added excitement and varied greatly from tune to tune, while adhering to the “sound.” This in itself is an accomplishment only a handful of far more well-known composer/arrangers have been able to match. ~ Van McCoy ~ February 17, 2008 ©

He began his own label, Rockin' Records, and released the single Hey Mr. DJ in 1959. This in turn led to McCoy being hired as a staff writer and A&R representative for Scepter Records. Throughout the early to mid=60s Van penned numerous hit songs for such artists as The Shirelles (Stop the Music), Jackie Wilson (I Get the Sweetest Feeling), Gladys Knight & The Pips (Giving Up), Betty Everett (Getting Mighty Crowded), Ruby & The Romantics (When You're Young and in Love), Brenda & The Tabulations (Right on the Tip of My Tongue), Chris Barley (The Sweetest Thing This Side of Heaven) and Barbara Lewis (Baby, I'm Yours). ~ Van McCoy ~ retrieved January 6, 2014 © IMDb

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