Sylvia Moy, the Motown songwriter who helped pen Stevie Wonder hits like "Uptight" and "My Cherie Amour," died Saturday at the age of 78. (Gilles Petard/Redferns/Getty)

   

 
 

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  Detroiter, Motown producer/song-writer Sylvia Moy passes at age 78

By Wendell Bryant
Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - Detroit songwriter and producer Sylvia Moy, who helped bring Stevie Wonder’s career from childhood to adulthood at Motown Records, died Saturday night at Beaumont (Oakwood) Hospital in Dearborn. Miss Moy was 78 years old.

Born and brought up on the northeast side of Detroit, Moy studied and performed jazz and classical music at Northern High School, before she was seen performing in a club in 1963 by Marvin Gaye and Mickey Stevenson. She was given songwriting contracts by Motown, because the company was short of material for their artists

Moy wrote for the Isley Brothers’ “This Old Heart of Mine” along with the Marvin Gaye-Kim Weston duet “It Takes Two”, Martha and the Vandellas and Michael Jackson. Some of her most notable Wonder hits included “I Was Made to Love Her” and “My Cherie Amour.”

Her first writing success came with "Uptight (Everything's Alright)", which she co-wrote with Henry "Hank" Cosby after hearing Wonder improvising on piano. Moy wrote lyrics to the song, which she conveyed to Wonder by singing into his headphones one line ahead as he recorded.

Moy eventually earned six Grammy nominations, 20 BMI awards, and a place in the National Songwriters Hall of Fame. She made a solid investment in the future of the arts when she co-founded the Center for Creative Communications, also known as “Masterworks,” which trains young adults in the field of telecommunications and media arts.

In her later years, Moy launched a Detroit non-profit group called Center for Creative Communications, working with underprivileged Detroit children.

Moy passed away from an illness on Saturday. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Swanson Funeral Home in Detroit and to be announced soon.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   
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