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Van Allen Clinton McCoy, 6 January 1940, Washington, DC, USA, d. 6 July 1979, Englewood, New Jersey, USA. This successful artist had been a member of several groups prior to announcing his solo career with Hey Mr DJ. Released in 1959, the single was distributed by Scepter Records, with whom McCoy subsequently served in an A&R capacity. He also branched out into writing and production work, making contributions to hits by the Drifters, Gladys Knight And The Pips and Barbara Lewis. Following that, McCoy embarked on a fruitful relationship with Peaches And Herb. In 1968, he established VMP (Van McCoy Productions) and enjoyed further success with Jackie Wilson (I Get The Sweetest Feeling) and Brenda And The Tabulations (Right On The Tip Of My Tongue). He later became the musical arranger for the Stylistics, on the departure of Thom Bell, and emphasized the sweet, sentimental facets of their sound. McCoy was also encouraged to...