Producer writer and multi instrumentalist for Motown and Blue note to name a few Fonce Mizell has died ..a vey sad day indeed ...
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sad news indeed
here's a fascinating 1 hr plus interview...
(music: The Moments - Baby I Want You)
"...Morgan State, named them The Moments and took them into a studio, hired some strings from the air force, $25 the lot. We put together this record and we didn't know what to do with it after that. We had an apartment full of records and we couldn't give them away, we passed them onto the DJs and kind of forgot about it. The record surfaced a few years ago on eBay and sold for almost $5.000. There's not too many copies around now, so needless to say, we went through the basement looking for them to find them, but it was a fruitless search. (next slide / plays music, quickly stops) My degree was in engineering, as undergrad, then I went on to get a graduate degree in engineering. I worked on the space program and gave some technical talks in Munich, but all the time playing in bands at weekends, a singing group locally. I was into A.M. radio, things like that. Next. (next slide) I'd moved to New York, Fonce moved to Los Angeles and through different trials and tribulations signed to Motown Records.
This chart you see here is called I Wanna Be Free and if you notice right under it it says Gladys Knight. Well, up on the upper right it says Gladys Knight, but underneath you'll see a subtitle saying I Want You Back. This song was supposed to be cut on Gladys Knight, but the night before Fonce and Freddie were due to cut the song, Berry Gordy phoned up and said: "Forget that, I've got this bunch of kids I want you to cut on and change the lyrics." They were bummed out because they had Gladys Knight and who are these kids? The kids turned out to be Jackson 5 and they changed the title to I Want You Back, so that (points to slide) is the original music that shows it. I don't think Gladys Knight knows that story to this day ......"
the full transcript can be read here
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