HARVEY FUQUA: THE UNDERSUNG LEGEND


I first discovered Harvey Fuqua through his 1970s acts on RCA: the Nite-Liters and New Birth. It took me years later to realize how foundational he had been in the decades prior, first with the huge doo wop group, The Moonglows, then as a formative presence during Motown’s golden years. Fuqua touched some incredibly huge records so it was always surprising to me that he wasn’t necessarily mentioned in the same breath as the Holland-Dozier-Holland team or Smokey or even Norman Whitfield as these key Motown Sound architects.

There’s no denying his prolificness though – […]

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LOVE MODE

The blog, Themes for Young Lovers, recently interviewed me about my songs o’ love, sex and romance. Yeah, it’s true, I had absolutely no music at my own wedding. Like Will Hung, I have no regrets.

As I noted, when asked “Name 3 songs that would be no-brainers to put on a mixtape for that special someone you were trying to woo”…I included nary a soul/R&B song on there. I think part of it is that my favorite soul songs tend to be about breaking up, not making up but taking a quick spin through […]

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