Marv Johnson

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": soul motown rhythm and blues northern soul male singer Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
Links online: VIAF Wikipedia

Biography

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 Johnson’s earliest releases on Kudo, and launched his Tamla label with Johnson’s 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. Johnson’s tracks showcased his delicate tenor vocals against a female gospel chorus, and he maintained this style when he signed to Gordy’s Motown Records stable in 1965....

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