A Legendary Motown Producer Passes

frank wilsonLegendary Motown producer Frank Wilson lost his battle with prostate cancer on September 27, 2012. Wilson was best known for writing and producing such Motown favorites as Stevie Wonder’s “Castles In the Sand,” Diana Ross and The Supremes’ “Love Child,” “I’m Living In Shame,” “Up The Ladder To The Roof,” and “Stone Love.” The Temptations’ “All I Need.” Marvin Gaye’s “Chained,” and The Four Tops’ “Still Water (Love).” Some of his biggest hits occurred after he was paired with former Temptation Eddie Kendricks and wrote and produced the Billboard Hot 100 & R&B  #1 single, “Keep On Truckin,’” and the follow-up hit, “Boogie Down,” which peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B charts. After leaving the security of Motown in 1976, Wilson formed his own production company, “Spec-o-Lite Productions,” where he produced such acts as Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., Australian singer Reneé Geyer, New Birth, Lakeside and Lenny Williams with his classic R&B hit, “Because I Love You.”
Becoming a Born-Again Christian, Frank left the Hollywood life behind and became an ordained minister pastoring his own church New Dawn Christian Village, in Los Angeles, writing two books: “The Master’s Degree – Majoring in Your Marriage” and“Unmasking The Lone Ranger.”He also appeared on numerous talk shows, including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and spoke at several churches and conferences worldwide. Always loved and respected as an immensely talented man of great character, Wilson is survived by his wife of more than 26 years, Bunny Wilson, and their six children.

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