October 04, 2012
Motown record producer and songwriter Frank Wilson, who worked with the Supremes, the Temptations and Marvin Gaye, has died in Southern California at 71.
Daughter Tracey Stein tells the Los Angeles Times that Wilson died of lung infection complications on Sept. 27 in a hospital in Duarte.
Wilson, who later became a minister, wrote or co-wrote the hits “Love Child” for Diana Ross and the Supremes, “Chained” for Marvin Gaye and “All I Need” for the Temptations.
After Eddie Kendricks left the Temptations, Wilson produced his 1973 hit “Keep On Truckin’ (Part 1).”
Wilson also helped write “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” a 1967 Top 40 single for Motown's Brenda Holloway that soon became an even bigger hit for Blood, Sweat and Tears.
His “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do),” a 1965 single on which he performed but which was never released, became an underground hit in Britain in the 1970s. A rare copy of the song sold for $39,294 in 2009, making it the most expensive single ever auctioned, according to Guinness World Records.