Harvey Fuqua – the man who is credited for starting and developing Marvin Gaye’s professional career – passed away on July 6, 2010. A memorial service was held in Culver City, California (a suburb of Los Angeles) on Monday August 2nd.
It was a celebration indeed as many remaining Motown veterans turned out to salute one of their own: Motown founder Berry Gordy… Smokey Robinson; Mary Wilson; Brenda Holloway; Brian and Eddie Holland; Claudette Robinson; Janie Bradford; Cornelius Grant, and many from the creative and executive teams. Also in attendance were actor Ben Vereen, singer Brenda Lee Eager, entertainment attorney Larkin Arnold, Temptations’ manager Shelley Berger, and Ron Brewington of the Motown Alumni Association who assisted with planning and organizing the event.
There were many wonderful highlights like outstanding performances by the S.T.A.R.S. (Souls Taking Action Reaching Souls) – an ensemble of outstanding singers of the non-profit organization founded by Fuqua and his wife Carolyne in 1995. Two of the singers worth mention were Nadine Risha and Natalie Dawn Oliver-Atherton who during separate segments brought the audience to its feet!