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Music Industry Legend Ernest Kelley Dies At the Age of 83
Detroit resident and music industry legend, Ernest Kelley died Saturday August 27th
at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan. He was 83-years-old.
A native of Orangeburg, South Carolina, Kelley entered the music industry after relocating to New York City. While there, Kelley started working at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) in 1948. His twelve-year stint at BMI was interrupted by a five-year tour of duty with the U. S. Army Medical Corps. In 1961, Kelley started his music publishing and production company. Three years later, Atlantic Records called on him to bolster their promotion and sales staff. During his tenure at the company, he worked with artists such as Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles.
In 1968, Kelley relocated to Detroit, Michigan to start a four-year stint with Motown Records. While there, he wore many hats including that of Studio Coordinator where he acted as liaison between various departments and performing artists. During his time at Motown, Kelley worked with many artists including Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, The Temptations and The Jackson Five.
After leaving Motown, Kelley started his own business, Inter/Soul Promotions in 1975. Inter/Soul is an independent record promotion and marketing company. His client list includes many well known artists and groups including Hall and Oates, Barry White, George Benson, Helen Reddy, Peabo Bryson and Stacy Lattisaw. Not one to slow down, Kelley was still actively involved in several projects at the time of his death.
Kelley was preceded in death by a daughter Geneva Kelley-Collins, two brothers and two sisters. He is survived by two daughters Dr. Ursula Kelley-Wash (Dr. David Wash) and Ingrid Kelley; grandchildren Jonelle and Justin Collins and Carrington Barbara-Ann Wash; a great-grand child Nathan Amir Chandler, and several brothers and a sister.
The funeral is scheduled for 11:00 am September 1, 2011 at New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church. The church is located at 6330 Pembroke in Detroit, Michigan 48221. A family hour will be held at 10:00 am at the church. Internment is scheduled for Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton, MD.
The body has been entrusted to C.W. Morris-J.W. Henry Funeral Home located at 12700 Hamilton Avenue in Highland Park, Michigan. Any questions please contact the funeral home at (313)868-3500.
Edited by Dave Thorley, 31 August 2011 - 08:07 AM.