Singer, songwriter and record producer Harvey Fuqua, an early mentor of Marvin Gaye, has died. Fuqua was 80.
Ron Brewington of the Motown Alumni Association says Fuqua died of a heart attack Tuesday at a Detroit hospital. The Louisville, Ky., native founded the R&B-doo-wop group the Moonglows, which signed with disc jockey Alan Freed. Their first single was the 1954 hit “Sincerely.”
Fuqua is credited with discovering the young Gaye in Washington, D.C., taking him to Chicago and Chess Records, and then to Detroit and Motown. He later managed Gaye as well as singer Tammi Terrell, according to Detroit News archives.
• Harvey Fuqua: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Fuqua