Grapevine: Motown songwriter Sylvia Moy dies

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Motown songwriter Sylvia Moy dies

Songwriters Hall of Famer Sylvia Moy died Saturday at the age of 78. The Detroit native was the first woman to write and produce songs for Motown acts in the 1960s. She’s best known for her collaborations with Stevie Wonder, and its said that she’s responsible for the record label keeping Wonder around after his voice changed. Moy co-wrote “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” and “My Cherie Amour” with Wonder and Henry Cosby, and also collaborated with Holland-Dozier-Holland on the Isley Brothers’ 1966 track “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You).”

Jena Irene, Sphinx Organization to perform at DMAs

Local and national musicians with Detroit ties will be celebrated at the 26th annual Detroit Music Awards on May 5 at the Fillmore Detroit. This year’s Distinguished Achievement Awards will go to Eastern Michigan University public radio station WEMU, the Sphinx Organization and Grande Ballroom-era veterans Third Power and SRC. Musical performers confirmed to play the award ceremony include honorees Third Power/SRC and the Sphinx Organization, plus Craig Brown Band, the Theatre Bizarre Orchestra, “American Idol” runner up Jena Irene Asciutto, the Fags and Royce 5’9” featuring VMDP. Tickets to the event are $25 and can be purchased at or at the Fillmore box office.

Berry Gordy to join cast for curtain call of ‘Motown’

Speaking of Motown, founder Berry Gordy Jr. is scheduled to join the cast of “Motown The Musical” on stage for the final curtain call of Wednesday’s performance. He’s expected to address the crowd and take a bow with the cast. “Motown The Musical” is at the Fisher Theatre through April 30. Tickets start at $39 and are on sale via Ticketmaster or at the Fisher Theatre box office.

Gorillaz announce September Fox Theatre concert

The humans behind the animated band Gorillaz will perform at Detroit’s Fox Theatre on Sept. 18, tour officials announced Monday. Tickets for the show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday; prices are tickets: $53.75 and $79.25, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. The show is the part of the group’s tour behind its forthcoming fifth album, “Humanz,” due out April 28. The new album features Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn and a typically diverse group of guests, including Danny Brown, De la Soul, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Pusha T and Grace Jones. All collaborators are being teased as possible guests on the group’s tour, which includes festival, arena and theater dates beginning in the summer and winding through fall. Gorillaz’ last local concert was an ambitious, ear-bending Oct. 2010 engagement at the Fox.

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Prince fans, take note: Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform “The Music of Prince” at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre Aug. 25. The DSO will be joined by guest conductor Brent Havens, vocalist Marshall Charloff, plus a full band. Tickets, on sale 10 a.m. Friday, are $20 for lawn, $25-$75 for pavilion and $60 for a lawn four-pack. Get tickets via Ticketmaster or at

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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