Motown songwriter Sylvia Moy dies aged 78

Motown songwriter Sylvia Moy dies aged 78

Sony/ATV has paid tribute to legendary Motown songwriter and producer Sylvia Moy, who has died aged 78.

Moy (pictured), who was the first woman at the Detroit-based record label to write and produce for Motown acts, is perhaps best known for her work with Stevie Wonder.

Sony/ATV publishes Moy’s classic songs that form part of Motown’s Jobete songbook, including Stevie Wonder hits such as My Cherie Amour and I Was Made To Love Her, It Takes Two, which was recorded by Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston and This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You), which was a hit for the Isley Brothers. 

Sony/ATV Music Publishing issued the following statement: “We are extremely sad to hear about the death of Sylvia Moy whose songwriting played an important part in Motown’s history, including its influence on Stevie Wonder’s career. Sylvia co-wrote a number of Stevie’s hit songs such as My Cherie Amour and I Was Made To Love Her, while her songwriting versatility is also evident in songs including It Takes Two and This Old Heart Of Mine.

"She additionally broke down barriers as one of Motown’s first ever female producers. Her classic songs will live on forever.”

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