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Johnnie Mae Matthews
Birth: Dec. 31, 1922
Bessemer
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA
Death: Jan. 6, 2002
Detroit
Wayne County
Michigan, USA

Singer, Record Producer, Songwriter. As the founder of Northern Record Label, as well as its many subsidiaries, she was the first African American female to actively own and operate her own record label. Nicknamed the "God Mother of Detroit Soul", she was a member of the vocal group "The Five Dapps" and was lead vocalist on "You're So Unfaithful" (1957). It was in 1958 when she borrowed $85.00 from her husband she become owner of her own record label "Northern Recording Company". In 1959, "Dreamer" the "Dapps" first release on Northern Recording Company was credited to her. She went on to manage the "The Distants" who were later renamed "The Temptations", Northern Recording Company later issued their debut single "Come On". Not only did she have a major influence on many legendary recording stars that began their careers in Detroit, she also helped to develop the careers of David and Jimmy Ruffin. She worked with Motown founder Berry Gordy and wrote Mary Wells 1961 hit "Bye Bye Baby". Between 1960 and 1962 her own recordings include, "So Lonely", "Ooh Wee Baby", "Oh Baby", "No One Can Love Me the Way You Do" and "Come Home". Her biggest hit came in 1962 with "My Special Angel". She produced "Talking to the People" by the group "Black Nasty" in 1973. In 1980 she recorded "I Can Feel It"; she then closed her record label along with all her subsidiaries and ended her recording career. (bio by: Babe) 
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery
Detroit
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Section 42, Row 27 , Grave 509
 
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Originally Created by: Babe
Record added: Jul 15, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93626873
Johnnie Mae Matthews
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