Los Angeles & West Coast

Benjamin Wright Jr. Part 2

The year 1980 was a very good one for Benjamin Wright, starting with an important recognition of work that he had done in 1979. Benjamin’s string arrangement on “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” contributed to the award of a Grammy  to Michael Jackson for Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, […]

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Diana Ross On Screen Part 3

The third feature film starring Diana Ross was released in 1978. It is a reworking of L. Frank Baum’s story “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, with an all-black cast, loosely based on the Broadway musical version of 1974. It was produced by Rob Cohen for Motown Productions and directed by Sidney Lumet, with […]

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Diana Ross On Screen Part 2

After the success of her first film “Lady Sings the Blues” in 1972, Diana Ross returned to the day job. Three Diana Ross albums were released in 1973, “Touch Me in the Morning”, “Diana & Marvin” (with Marvin Gaye) and “Last Time I Saw Him”. The second of Ross’ three […]

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Gene Page & Barry White

In the late Sixties, Gene Page met the young singer Barry White, who was doing odd jobs to make ends meet between recording dates. To this day, the soul superstar remembers the arranger’s generosity.  According to Barry White, during several Motown recording sessions on the West Coast at Motown Recording Studios, […]

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