Reported in the forums by Neil Rushton the sad news that Robert Bateman who played a key part in the early days of Motown Records has passed on
Neil Rushton said...
Major player in the 60's. One of the founding fathers at Motown, left to do his own thing. As well as his own label - HIB -on which he released Luther Ingram he was one of the original independent producers cutting a path through that Wild West era.. Dee Dee Warwick, Yvonne Vernee, Jamo Thomas, The Poets, Lou Courtney, Marjorie Black, Billy Woods, Florence Ballard, The Webs, Tru-Glo-Town. Otis Smith, Smash, Van McCoy..and he did the demo for his nephew Jeff Perry of "Because Of You" which he shopped to his pal Sonny Sanders which led to Jackie Wilson recording one of the greatest Soul records ever, plus his connection with Washington/ The Exceptions/Kenni Lewis/ Max Kidd, Bell Sound, The New Monitors, Capitol with Charles Green, Barbara forgot her surname..and more..
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The Article photo is of The Satintones with Robert Bateman being at the right end of the lineup
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