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Motown Legend Harvey Fuqua Dies At 80

Motown legend, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and Moonglows member Harvey Fuqua passed away at age 80 on Tuesday, July 6th 2010. In addition to founding the influential group The Moonglows, Fuqua helped guide the career of fellow legend Marvin Gaye. He is also noted for being one the key figures in the development of the Motown label.Before he got to Motown, Fuqua led The Moonglows with some of their biggest hits, including “Sincerely” and “Ten Commandments of Love.”During his career, he worked with other well-known musicians such as Etta James, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, and Ray Charles.

First and for most he was a wonderful dear friend of mine and a inspiration as the head of Harvey Fuqua & The Moonglows.  He was very instrumental to The Temptations’ development.   I love him and I miss him.

— Dr. Otis Williams

Harvey was one of the pioneers of the contemporary music business as the leader of Harvey & The Moonglows.  He, however successful as a writer and producer, I feel his greatest success was at the head of  Motown’s artist development division where he was responsible for heading the creative group that developed the live performances of The Supremes, The Temptations , Marvin Gaye, and every other great Motown act… but most of all he was a great man … and someone who’s friendship I will hold in my heart forever.

— Shelly Berger
Manager, Temptations and former Motown executive

We are all so saddened to hear of the passing of one of our greatest family members.  Harvey Fuqua was a pioneer in his own right, bringing in and mentoring Marvin Gaye, Lamont Dozier and others, in the early years of Motown.  An incredible performer, producer, writer and executive, heading our Artist Development Department- Harvey did it all.  We will always love and miss him.

–Berry Gordy
Founder of Motown