Wednesday, March 24, 2004

MOTOWNOBIT: Motowon producer and singer Johnny Bristol has died in Brighton Township, Michigan. He was 60. In 1961 he cut his first record with Jackie Beavers, 'Someday we'll Be Together', eight years later providing backing vocals for the Supremes hit version of the same song. In twelve years with the label, he worked with virtually all of Motown's big names: Michael jackson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves and the Four Tops. A post-Motown career had taken him to MGM and Atlantic. Bristol had been married to Iris Gordy, niece of Motown inventor Berry Gordy, but the union ended in divorce. He's survived by a son and two daughters.

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