Harvey Fuqua

Harvey Fuqua dies at 80; singer, songwriter, producer and record executive. He co-founded the R&B-doo-wop group The Moonglows, whose first single was the 1954 hit ‘Sincerely,’ and was an early mentor of Marvin Gaye.

Harvey Fuqua, a musical multi-tasker whose career with the prominent 1950s vocal group The Moonglows was a prelude to his association with Marvin Gaye, The Spinners and other R&B stars in the 1960s and ’70s, died of a heart attack Tuesday in a Detroit hospital, a family spokeswoman said. He was 80.

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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!