Motown hitmaking songwriter Sylvia Moy dies

Motown songwriter supreme Sylvia Moy, whose music helped launch the career of a young Stevie Wonder, has died at age 78 in a Detroit suburb.

Often working with Hank Cosby, Moy wrote a string of incredible singles in the 1960s that made Wonder a star, and transitioned him into his own career as a Hall of Fame songwriter. Hits like “Uptight (Everything’s Alright),  “My Cherie Amour” and the glorious “I Was Made To Love Her” helped make Moy a legend at Hitsville. She also wrote hits for other artists, including The Isley Brothers (“This Old Heart of Mine”), Martha Reeves and the Vandellas (“Honey Chile”),  and Marvin Gaye (“It Takes Two” with Kim Weston).

Moy was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006. In a time when songwriting in soul music was dominated by men, Sylvia Moy was a pioneer, and one of the most important writers at the most important music label of the 1960s. 

Motown songwriter supreme Sylvia Moy, whose music helped launch the career of a young Stevie Wonder, has died at age 78 in a Detroit suburb.

Often working with Hank Cosby, Moy wrote a string of incredible singles in the 1960s that made Wonder a star, and transitioned him into his own career as a Hall of Fame songwriter. Hits like “Uptight (Everything’s Alright),  “My Cherie Amour” and the glorious “I Was Made To Love Her” helped make Moy a legend at Hitsville. She also wrote hits for other artists, including The Isley Brothers (“This Old Heart of Mine”), Martha Reeves and the Vandellas (“Honey Chile”),  and Marvin Gaye (“It Takes Two” with Kim Weston).

Moy was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006. In a time when songwriting in soul music was dominated by men, Sylvia Moy was a pioneer, and one of the most important writers at the most important music label of the 1960s. 

Many thanks to Gary Van den Bussche of DSG for letting us know

 
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