|Genres:||Pop / Rock R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul motown rhythm and blues northern soul male singer|
|Decades:||1960s 1990s 2000s|
Marvin Earl Johnson, 15 October 1938, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 16 May 1993, Columbia, South Carolina, USA. The gospel training that Johnson received as a teenager in the Junior Serenaders was a major influence on his early R&B releases. In 1958, he formed a partnership with the young Berry Gordy, who was then working as a songwriter and producer for Jackie Wilson. Gordy produced Johnsons earliest releases on Kudo, and launched his Tamla label with Johnsons single Come To Me, which became a hit when it was licensed to United Artists. Johnson remained with the label until 1965, scoring a run of chart entries in the early 60s with You Got What It Takes, I Love The Way You Move and Move Two Mountains - all produced by Gordy. Johnsons tracks showcased his delicate tenor vocals against a female gospel chorus, and he maintained this style when he signed to Gordys Motown Records stable in 1965....