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One of the most talented, dynamic and prolific artists in the history of Motor City music, Melvin Davis isn’t so much a musician as he is a musical force: songwriter, drummer, performer, producer, arranger, label owner… His bands have included everyone from a pre-Temptations David Ruffin to a post-MC5 Wayne Kramer. His drumming helped define the Miracles’ Motown smash ‘Tears of a Clown’, drove the Lyman Woodard Trio’s double-sided funk masterpiece ‘River Rouge’ b/w ‘It’s Your Thing’ and became the stuff of legend on Dennis Coffey’s seminal LP “Hair And Thangs”. He’s the evocative lead vocalist behind the 8th Day’s million seller ‘You’ve Got To Crawl (Before You Walk)’ and the songwriter who penned JJ Barnes’ desperate ode ‘Chains of Love’. The genre that has come to be called northern soul could hardly claim a more qualified ambassador, for Davis penned many of its most crucial cornerstones: Johnnie Mae Matthews’ ‘Lonely You’ll Be’, Darrell Banks’ ‘I’m The One Who Loves You’, Lonette McKee’s ‘Stop! Don’t Worry About It’, Edward Hamilton’s ‘I’m Gonna Love You’, Ann Perry’s ‘That’s the Way He Is’, Steve Mancha’s ‘I Won’t Love You and Leave You’.

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