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Friday, 28 September 2012

Frank Wilson RIP

We couldn't let the passing of the singer and writer of perhaps the number one classic northern soul song happen without a mention.

Frank Wilson has died of prostrate cancer, aged 71. 

Wilson joined Motown in 1965. Asked by Berry Gordy to relocate from LA 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 also launched his own publishing firms, as well as trying his hand at being a recording artist himself. The single 'Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)' has a fascinating story. 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 or three known copies survived - the one pictured above fetched over £25,000 when sold in May 2009.

Post-Motown, Wilson became a born again Christian. As a minister, he travelled the US, writing books with his wife Bunny.

Press play below and be transported somewhere else. You know you want to.

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