Sylvia Moy

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Sylvia Moy (born 1939)[1] is a songwriter and record producer, formerly associated with the Motown Records group. The first woman at the Detroit-based music label to write and produce for Motown acts, she is probably best known for her songs written for Stevie Wonder.

History[edit]

She studied and performed jazz and classical music at school, before starting to write songs at Motown.[1] According to Berry Gordy's autobiography To Be Loved, Moy was directly responsible for the label keeping Stevie Wonder. Gordy wrote that, after Stevie's voice began to change as a result of puberty, he was going to drop him from the label. It was then that Moy went to Berry and asked "if she could come up with a hit for Stevie would he reconsider"; he agreed.

Among the hit singles Moy wrote and/or produced while at Motown are "Uptight (Everything's Alright)", "My Cherie Amour", "I Was Made to Love Her", and "Never Had a Dream Come True" by Stevie Wonder; and "Honey Chile" and "Love Bug Leave My Heart Alone" by Martha and the Vandellas.[2] She also co-wrote "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)" with Holland-Dozier-Holland for the Isley Brothers; and "It Takes Two" with William "Mickey" Stevenson for Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston.[3]

She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame[4] alongside fellow Motown songwriter and producer Henry Cosby in 2006.[5] Sylvia continues to write and produce at her studio in Detroit.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Graham Betts, Motown Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17 February 2015
  2. ^ Ribowsky, Mark. Signed, Sealed, and Delivered: The Soulful Journey of Stevie Wonder, p.133-44 (2010)
  3. ^ Sylvia Moy at MusicVF.com. Retrieved 18 February 2015
  4. ^ Perone, James E. The sound of Stevie Wonder: his words and music, p. 5-11 (2006)
  5. ^ Mitchell, Gail (22 April 2006). Rhythm & Blues, Billboard

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