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DOWNTOWN'S MOTOWN MOVE

The catalog of William “Mickey” Stevenson, the head of Motown A&R during the label’s 1960s heyday, is on its way to Downtown Music Publishing, including Stevenson co-writes like “Dancing in the Street,” “Devil With the Blue Dress” and “Stubborn Kind of Fellow” and a host of songs recorded by Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops and others.

“Our partnership covers many songs that are near and dear to me, and I have full confidence that my creative legacy is in good hands,” Stevenson said.

Downtown Music Publishing Global President Mike Smith said, "Opportunities to work with a catalog of this caliber don’t come around often. It's a genuine privilege to work with someone like Mickey, who is not only an important songwriter but a pivotal figure in the musical legacy of Motown. Beyond songwriting, Mickey’s contributions as the head of Motown A&R in the 1960s and his establishment of Motown’s studio band, The Funk Brothers, helped to cultivate the ‘Motown Sound’ that is foundational to pop music.”

Downtown helpfully assembled a Spotify playist of tracks in the catalog.

 

 

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Easing back out there (6/15a)
1 TRENDING TOPIC: “LEVITATING” TO #1
How'd they do that? (6/15a)
SIGNS OF HITS LIST
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REOPENING DELAY CRIPPLES LIVE BIZ
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MUSIC’S HOTTEST FIRMS: GRUBMAN SHIRE MEISELAS & SACKS
Is there a lawyer in the house? (6/15a)
RHYTHM, BLUES AND THE FUTURE
The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
WHO'S NEXT?
Predicting the next big catalog deal.
JUST THE VAX, MA'AM
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
WORLDWIDE GROOVE
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?
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