Harvey Fuqua

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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.

The Moonglows were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, the same year that Fuqua founded the Resurging Artist record label and released a solo album. He also was a board member of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. A statement from the Motown Alumni Assn. said that he was working with the inspirational group S.T.A.R.S. at the time of his death.

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