Born in Detroit, Michigan, Cosby worked with many of Motown's artists, from the Supremes to the Temptations, and is best known for producing many of Stevie Wonder's early hits, including "My Cherie Amour", "I Was Made to Love Her", "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" and "For Once in My Life". He co-wrote and co-produced "The Tears of a Clown", a #1 hit for Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. Cosby was also a prominent member of Motown's Funk Brothers studio band, playing saxophone.
Cosby died at age 73 on January 22, 2002, at the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, after complications from a cardiac bypass surgery. His name is written on an honorary South Tower Construction beam of the hospital. Prior to his death, Cosby requested that two people sing at his funeral—Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Fouché—and they did. Jennifer Fouché was the last artist that Cosby mentored.
In 2006, Cosby was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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