Singer, songwriter, producer, label exec Harvey Fuqua
Singer ~ Producer ~ Label exec
Marquees ~ Moonglows

Harvey Fuqua

July 27, 1929, Louisville, KY ~ July 6, 2010, Detroit, MI

An African-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 noted for later having been one of the key figures in the development of the Motown label in Detroit, Michigan: his group gave Marvin Gaye's musical career a start, and Fuqua and his wife at the time, Gwen Gordy, distributed the very 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. ~ Wikipedia: Harvey Fuqua ~ retrieved April 24, 2014 © Wikipedia

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When Mr. Fuqua reconstituted the group as Harvey and the Moonglows in 1958, Marvin Gaye was among its members. The group had a hit that year with Ten Commandments Of Love. In 1961 Mr. Fuqua formed his own record companies, Tri-Phi and Harvey, for which he recorded the Spinners, Junior Walker and the All Stars, and Shorty Long. Berry Gordy, Jr, the founder of Motown Records, later hired Mr. Fuqua to run the label’s artist development department and supervise recording sessions. He brought some of his own labels’ acts with him and also worked closely with Gaye, helping to make him one of Motown’s biggest stars and teaming him with the singer Tammi Terrell for a series of successful duet records. After leaving Motown in 1971, Mr. Fuqua produced hit records for the disco singer Sylvester and other artists. In 1982 he reunited with Gaye, who had also left Motown, to work with him on his comeback album, Midnight Love, for Columbia. ~ New York Times: Harvey Fuqua Obituary ~ July 7, 2010 © New York Times

Etta James ~ At Last (1961) ~ Ranked #119 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ 1955's Roll With Me, Henry made this self-described “juvenile delinquent” a sexually precocious teenage star. Six years later, Etta James bloomed into a fiery interpreter on this spellbinding LP. Hitting the pop and R&B charts, she created a new vocal model: the crossover diva. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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