Marv Johnson

Marv Johnson

Birth
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Death 16 May 1993 (aged 54)
Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Plot Section 35
Memorial ID 7844070 · View Source
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Rhythm and Blues Singer. Born Marvin Earl Johnson in Detroit, Michigan, he was raised on gospel music to the likes of Louis Jordan. In high school Johnson joined a local singing group, and later played carnivals and fairs. In 1958, he recorded his first songs, 'My Baby-O' and 'Once Upon a Time.' Jackson's single didn't fair well but he did get a meeting with Motown Records producer Berry Gordy. After Johnson played his original song "Come to Me" for Gordy and his future wife Raynoma, the couple chose Johnson as the first artist for their new label, the Tamla Record Label. His song 'Come to Me' was released nationally by United Artists, and rose to No. 6 on the R&B charts and No. 30 on the pop charts. Johnson later left Gordy's Record Label, but kept him as his manager, later signing a contract with United Artists. Also at this time he began to tour with Motown acts such as the Miracles in addition to appearing on Alan Freed's rock 'n' roll revues and media venues such as American Bandstand, and joining early package tours and stage revues where he shared bills with Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson. He later released his second single, and then his third in 1959, entitled, 'You've Got What It Takes.' The song quickly entered onto the charts, becoming a Top Ten hit and earning a gold record. In 1960 his, 'I Love The Way You Love' also landed in the Top Ten, as well as 'You've Got To Move Two Mountains' on the Top 20, 'Happy Days'reached #7 on the R&B charts in 1960. In 1961 he released his last chart hit entitled, 'Merry-Go-Round.' In 1965, with the British invasion in full swing, Johnson's contract was dropped by United Artists, but after his departure, he came back to Motown, once agian joining Berry Gordy's label. In 1968, Johnson earned a gold record for his, 'I'll Pick A Rose For My Rose.' After the subsequent loss of his singing career he took a job working in the front office of Motown, but also wrote many songs for the likes of Tyrone Davis and Johnny Taylor. Johnson's recording career was officially over by the late 1960s, but he kept performing right up until his death on May 16, 1993, at the age of 54. Johnson's other recordings include, 'Whisper,' 'Magic Mirror,' 'I Need You,' 'Oh Mary,' 'I'm Coming Home,' and 'Ain't Gonna Be That Way.'


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  • Added: 7 Sep 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7844070
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Marv Johnson (15 Oct 1938–16 May 1993), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7844070, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .