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Frank Wilson: The Motown Songwriter’s 5 Greatest Hits
Posted By Patrick Kiger On October 4, 2012 @ 8:52 am In Legacy | Comments Disabled
When you think of the Motown  era, you probably think of such groups as the Supremes , the Temptations , the Four Tops and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and such soul superstars as Marvin Gaye  and Stevie Wonder. Less well-known is a man who helped Motown’s performers to shine so brightly: Frank Wilson, a musical utility infielder who cowrote and/or produced many of the label’s biggest hits.
The Houston native, who died on Sept. 27 at the age of 71  in the Los Angeles area, was “one of the label’s unsung heroes,” according to a tribute on Billboard’s website , before he left the music business in the late 1970s to enroll in divinity school and become a minister. He later founded a congregation in downtown Los Angeles.
Here are five of Wilson’s greatest contributions to music:
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URLs in this post:
 Motown: http://www.aarp.org/online-community/groups/index.action?slGroupKey=Group16001
 Supremes: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/music/info-06-2012/mary-wilson-reflections-on-motown-magic.html
 Temptations: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/music/info-10-2011/temptations-supremes-anniversary.html
 Marvin Gaye: http://blog.aarp.orgblog.aarp.org/2009/04/02/a_special_birthday_marvin_gaye/
 who died on Sept. 27 at the age of 71: http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-frank-wilson-20121003,0,2467483.story
 tribute on Billboard’s website: http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/record-labels/frank-wilson-s-chart-legacy-from-the-supremes-1007965202.story#JIIdAXDiufZ5VYxF.99
 praises: http://books.google.com/books?id=8JRHnCMUVb8C&pg=PA133&lpg=PA133&dq=smokey+robinson+%22whole+lotta+shakin+in+my+hear%22&source=bl&ots=qS6_EpPCsn&sig=SL48u5NnZ8iDpr8n9K7K90vF_vw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=KKdsUNPMItKL0QHeo4GABg&ved=0CDkQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=smokey%20robinson%20%22whole%20lotta%20shakin%20in%20my%20hear%22&f=false
 Diana Ross: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/music/info-07-2012/7-great-rock-trios.html
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