Musician. A trumpeter, he will be remembered for his significant contributions to numerous artists with the Motown record label. Born John Russell Trudell, he attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit and following graduation, he acquired experience as a performer with such bandleaders as Tommy Dorsey and Bob Crosby. This exposure led to his employment with Motown Records and during the 1960s, Trudell contributed musically to the works of Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops and Diana Ross and The Supremes. He may perhaps be best remembered for his efforts on Marvin Gaye's classic album "What's Going On" (1971). During the 1970s, he formed his own ensemble The Johnny Trudell Orchestra and recorded several albums including "Dream Dance" (1979) and "But Beautiful" (1993). In addition, he contributed to Wendell Harrison's album "Live in Concert" (1992)
Bio by: C.S.