Motown legend Frank Wilson dies

Frank Wilson wrote and produced tracks for artists including Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye, and The...

Frank Wilson wrote and produced tracks for artists including Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye, and The Supremes (pictured above). (WENN.com)

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Motown producer and singer Frank Wilson has died at the age of 71.

Wilson passed away on Thursday following a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.

Starting his career in the new Motown office in Los Angeles in 1965, Wilson moved to the label's spiritual home in Detroit, Michigan and began writing and producing tracks for artists including Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye, and The Supremes.

Some of the biggest songs he helped write include The Supremes' Love Child, All I Need by The Temptations and Chained by Gaye.

He also enjoyed a brief time in the spotlight as a vocalist following the release of his only single Do I Love You (Indeed I Do), which went on to become a huge hit on Britain's Northern Soul scene and is now the world's most expensive disc due to its rarity - with one copy selling in 2009 for $40,000.

Wilson left Motown in 1976 and was ordained as a Christian minister.


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