Marv Johnson !
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Johnson began his career singing with a doo-wop group called the Serenaders in the mid 1950s. With budding talents not only as a singer but as a songwriter and pianist, he formed in 1958 a partnership with the young Berry Gordy, who was then working as a songwriter and producer for Jackie Wilson. Gordy produced Johnson's earliest releases on Kudo, and launched his Tamla label with Johnson's single "Come To Me", Between 1959 and 1961, Johnson would issue nine Billboard Hot 100 singles !
Johnson's early Motown issued singles would be the precedent to the future sound and success of the label, which by the time Johnson began issuing his Motown records nationally in 1965, had become the biggest independent label in the world.
Meanwhile, with Johnson retiring in 1970 to become a sales ececutive at Motown, after almost two decades working behind the scenes in the music business (& he also wrote songs for Tyrone Davis and Johnnie Taylor), he returned to performing in 1987, touring with the "Sounds Of Motown" package. He continued singing into the 1990s, releasing a solo album on the London based Motor City Records label.
Johnson collapsed and died of a heart attack at a concert in South Carolina in 1993 at the age of 54.
Marv Johnson :
* Come To Me *
* I'm Coming Home *
* I've Got A Notion *