The Cowsills In Books

Best Music Writing 2010
Ann Powers Daphne Carr
Da Capo Press - November 9, 2010

I Love Rock

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By the end of 1969, The Supremes had unraveled. Diana Ross's solo career was set to launch. Motown CEO Berry Gordy identified his next entrepreneurial fixture in Jackson and his four talented brothers. To begin the artist development process, Gordy ratcheted up the funk missing from the brothers' 1967 efforts on local Gary record label Steeltown. He concocted a production & songwriting dream team he cheekily called The Corporation (Freddie Perren, Fonce Mizell, Deke Richards and Gordy himself). Their job, drawing heavily on Frankie Lymon and probably The Cowsills, was to handcraft for The Jackson Five G-rated pop tunes like "I Want You Back." . . .

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