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ARTHUR G.WRIGHT
Arthur G. Wright
Arthur G. Wright, once arranger for Motown, continues to perform and write. He currently lives in Compton, California and is the CEO of Non Stop Productions. Arthur G. Wright's work spans over half a century . . . he has worked with a host of entertainers in all fields of music including, Sam Cooke, Sammy Davis Jr., Ray Charles, Lou Rawls, Sarah Vaughn, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Thelma Houston, Donna Summer, Linda Rhondstat, Richard Berry, Don Julian and the Meadowlarks, Cleve Duncan and The Penguins, and a host of doo-wop groups. His guitar solos can be heard on hit records such as: Grazing In The Grass - Friends of Distinction; Love Hangover - Diana Ross; Part-Time Love - Little Johnny Taylor; Baby Come Close - Smokey Robinson; The Leather Man's Theme - Thank God Its Friday Movie Sound Track; Too Young - Michael Jackson; Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye; Cruisin' - Smokey Robinson. Musical arrangements include: Dancin' Machine - Jackson Five; Lovin', Livin' and Givin' - Diana Ross; Frankie Crocker's Heart and Soul Orchestra; Don't Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston; Make Me Yours - Bettye Swan; Since You Came - Diana Ross; and and many, many R&B hits.
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Arthur G. Wright

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WILLIAM GOLDSTEIN
William Goldstein
When Berry Gordy first took notice of William Goldstein, it was early 1975, William was establishing himself as a composer, with musical credits for films including the 1972 "The Stoolie" , writing music for TV which included the theme for the ABC Morning show ''AM America'' and he was just finishing was a commission for a Bicentennial work, ''Celebration Overture 1776-1976''. It was the AM America Theme that Berry Gordy could not get out of his mind, so much so, that Spring he had William tracked down and offered him a deal to produce a record version of it and two B tracks. By July of '75, William had sent Motown the masters of "AM America", "Southern Comfort", and "Dreams of a Young Girl". Gordy was so bowled over that with in two weeks William was in Los Angeles under contract to Motown as a recording artist, composer, record producer and arranger and William Goldstein had a hit as a disco artist, when classical met disco with his "Midnight Rhapsody". In this period with Motown he wrote for & produced Smokey Robinson, Jermaine Jackson, Syreeta Wright, Thelma Houston, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis and Dionne Warwick. During this time with Motown, William also scored the films "The Bingo Long Travelling All Stars & Motor Kings" with Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams, and James Earl Jones, and ''Norman Is That You?'' with Red Foxx & Pearl Baily. Along with Ron Miller, he also wrote the songs ''Razzle Dazzle'' for Bingo Long and ''Old Fashioned Man'', which featured in Norman Is That You?, and was recorded by Smokey Robinson.
William Goldstein
Since those days William has been nominated for 3 Grammies for 'Fame'; Happy Ending; Omnibus; he has scored over 50 film and TV projects including "Fame", (scoring all the episodes of NBC's Fame series);
the Wes Craven horror “Shocker”; "Hello Again"; "The Miracle Worker"; "Witches Of Eastwick"; "Urban Shocker"; “Up the Creek”; "Twilight Zone"; "Danielle Steele's Zoya"; "Forced Vengeance"; "An Eye For An Eye" and "Terror Out Of The Sky". William was a pioneer and innovator of computer electronic music, and in 1985 he created the very first completely computer sequenced direct to digital score for Guber/Peters' OceanQuest. CBS Masterworks released the CD under the title "Oceanscape". In 1987 he created the score for Sierra-on-line's King's Quest Four, the first interactive computer game, and in the process was instrumental in developing the concept of the sound card for the computer. William has also written many Opinion Editorials for the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, is a founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, a director of the California State Summer School for the Arts, and serves on both the music branch executive committee, and foreign language committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has also been a "visiting artist" for the Academy, lecturing from the Far East to the Middle East on contemporary aesthetics as well as music in film. He was asked to deliver the Academy Foundation's First Seminar on Film Scoring.
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CHARLES GIVINGS

Musician, singer, songwriter, producer Charles E. Givings, session drummer for Motown (LA Studios) in the late 60's, founder of the band 'Black Gems Rare' in 1969. A year later the band changed their name to 'Rare Gems Odyssey', now just 'The Rare Gems'. They have had many hits including the real classic funk track "What is Funk", and with 8 albums under their belt, are still going strong today. In the 80's Charles formed his own label, Imagination Records, where he produces his own band and other artists. Charles has also released some beautiful solo love albums. As well as all this he still has found time to session with The Penguins, The Olympics, Don Julian, Al Wilson, Tony Allen, Brenda Holloway, The Cadets, The Sixteens, Ernie Valens, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Frankie Avalon and J.J. Jackson. Among his best and treasured memories over his busy 40 year career was meeting the great and legendary bassist, James Jamerson.
LATEST SOLO ALBUMS
Charles Givings: Songs For Sunset Lovers
Charles Givings: Songs For Serious Lovers
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The Compton Kids
by Charles E. Givings

Charles Givings has written a book.. not about his musical journey, but his second love .. baseball .. among other things!! Drawing on his early life this is a story about a rag tag multi-racial Little League baseball team from Southern California and this exciting, fun book delves into the day-to-day lives of kids growing up in an inner city, and Charles has really captured the flavor and spice of the growing pains in the inner city. Recommended for all ages, this great book is to be officially launched in September 2007, but can be bought off the internet now at the below link.
The Compton Kids

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BOBBY DARIN

Bobby Darin at Mowest Studios, L.A.
The late Bobby Darin seems to get forgotten by many Motown writers,
but never the less Bobby was a one time Motown artist, spending his last few years under their label


Bobby's Motown Singles
Melodie / Someday We Will Be Together (1971)
Simple Song For Freedom / I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (1971)
Sail Away / Hard Headed Woman (1972)
Average People / Something In Her Love (1972)


Bobby's Motown Albums
"Bobby Darin" was Bobby's first LP for Motown, recorded at Mowest Studios, Hollywood, C.A. released August 1972 and the last album to be released before Bobby's death on December 20th 1973. It includes "Something In Her Love" which was written by Bobby and his drummer Tommy Amato. The album was produced by Joe Porter and arrangers were Jimmie Haskell, Michael O'Martian, seperately and together.
Side one:
Sail Away
I've Already Stayed Too Long
Something In Her Love
Who Turned The World Around
Shipmates In Cheyenne
Side two:
Let It Be Me
Hard Headed Woman
Average People
I Used To Think It Was Easy
My First Night Alone Without You
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Bobby Darin
The album "Darin": 1936-1973" containing some rare Bobby Darin material was released February 1974. It features "Another Song On My Mind" written Bobby and his drummer Tommy Amato. Producers included Bobby Darin, Bob Crewe, Jerry Marcellino/Mel Larson, Joe Porter, with Bill Lazarus as remix engineer.
The last 2 tracks on Side 2 were recored Live at the Desert Inn, Las Vegas, NV in February of 1971. Motown recorded an entire "Live at the Desert Inn" LP, but it was held back from release until 1987.

Side One
I Won't Last A Day Without You (arr. Charles Fox)
Wondrin' Where It's Gonna End (arr. Dave Watkins/Bill Holman)
Sail Away (arr. Jimmie Haskell)
Another Song On My Mind (arr. Charles Fox)
Happy (Love Theme From "Lady Sings the Blues") (arr. Ben Lanzarone)
Side Two
Blue Monday (arr. Art Freeman/Bill Holman)
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (arr. Dave Watkins)
The Letter (arr. Dave Watkins)
If I Were A Carpenter (arr/cond. Quitman Dennis)
Mack The Knife (arr/cond. Quitman Dennis)
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"Live at the Desert Inn", was recorded at Desert Inn, Las Vegas, NV on February 6th 1971. Bobby Darin was accompanied by **The Carlton Hayes Orchestra, Bob Robinson (f), Quitman Dennis (b, con), Tommy Amato (d), and The Jeannie Thomas Singers were the backing vocal group. Motown recorded an entire Desert Inn LP, but it was held back from release until 1987. It can now be found on the Neon Tonic/Concord Label.
"Live at the Desert Inn"
Intro. Monologue
Save The Country
Moritat (Mack The Knife)
Fire And Rain
Hi De Ho (That Old Sweet Roll)
Monologue
Beatles Medley: Hey Jude / Eleanor Rigby / Blackbird / A Day In The Life
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
Monologue
If I Were A Carpenter
Simple Song Of Freedom
Finale Band Introduction
Encore: Chain Of Fools, Respect, Splish Splash, Johnny B. Goode
Work Song
Beyond The Sea

(**Thankyou Melissa Davis for The Carlton Hayes Orchestra 2 updates)

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