From the AFRO online newspaper:
Motown writer and producer Frank Wilson, who produced records for performers including The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations but may be best known for a single featuring his voice that became an underground sensation in Britain, died in Southern California Sept. 27, his family said. He was 71.
One of Wilson’s daughters, Tracey Stein, confirmed her father’s death from complications from a lung infection, to The Los Angeles Times.
Born Frank Edward Wilson on Dec. 5, 1940, he was the third of six children of James Wilson and the former Samantha Gibbs, of Houston. Wilson learned to play the piano by ear from his mother, a domestic, and sang with his uncles’ group, the Gibbs Five.
After doing an 18-month stint at the Southern University of Baton Rouge, Wilson headed to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music.
He joined Motown in 1964, working out of the label’s West Coast outpost. He helped produce Stevie Wonder’s hit, “Castles in the Sand.” He also wrote or co-wrote records such as “Love Child” for Diana Ross and the Supremes, “Chained” for Marvin Gaye and “All I Need” and “Keep on Trucking (Part I)” for the Temptations.
Perhaps his greatest professional coup, however, was the popularity gained by his unreleased single, “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do),” which somehow made it across the Atlantic and became a huge hit in the United Kingdom. So prized was the song that a rare copy sold in 2009 for $39,294, making it the most expensive music single ever sold at auction, according to Guinness World Records.
“I was unaware that this record still existed,” Wilson told the British press in 2001, according to the Times. “A Motown boss ordered all the masters to be destroyed. Somehow, a copy surfaced in Britain. I consider it one of my life’s great achievements.”
In 1976, the Baptist-raised Wilson, whose maternal grandfather and several uncles were ministers, left the music business to become a pastor. He had recognized a “huge spiritual void” in his life that he was determined to fill, he told The Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1995.
“I just had a one-track mind and that was making the next number one record,” Wilson told the Dealer. “It took God to make me realize there was more to life than music.”
Wilson attended Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, served as a personal pastor to Motown and other Hollywood entertainers and, in 2004, founded the Christian fellowship, New Dawn Christian Village, in downtown Los Angeles.
Wilson is survived by his wife of 42 years, P. Bunny Wilson; six children; six grandchildren; a sister; and three brothers.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Oct. 5 at Faithful Central Bible Church’s Tabernacle, 321 N. Eucalyptus Ave., Inglewood, Calif.
From his church web site:
Frank E. Wilson
Frank, a counselor to pastors, politicians, entertainers, business persons and many others, is a leader in numerous national and international ministries, and a leading producer in the booming Gospel music field. Formerly a popular record producer, Wilson is an author and a teacher/preacher conducting seminars while speaking and preaching at conferences both at home and abroad.
Dr. Frank Wilson, author and teacher, a former award winning record producer and songwriter, is the founder of Fellowship West International, a trans-denominational umbrella organization for theChristian Entertainer’s Fellowship(CEF) organized in 1977, Fellowship West Youth Ministry &Breakaway Youth Conferences which began in 1988, along with the Christian Business and Professional Fellowship, and Dayspring Singles & Married Couples Conferences. Wilson is also a founding board member of Breakaway Technologies,(a training program for youth and information service). He is a past board member of Bibles for the World, a Norwegian based, non-profit Christian corporation: a founding board member of DestinyInc, an Atlanta, Ga. based domestic and international missions sending organization, and member advisory board, speaker, worship leader of the MVM National Men’s Conferences.
Wilson, the former Chairman of the Board of the United Gospel Industry Council (UGIC) is presently the President of H.O.M.E. (Home Ownership Made Easy, a division of Fellowship West) and also helped to organize the Black American Response to the African Community (BARAC) and served as its Executive Director for 2 years, followed by seven as its President.
Wilson has received numerous city, county, state and national commendations for religious, civic and community achievements.
He has appeared regularly on local and national television programs including TBN, CBN (featuring a major biographical sketch), “The PTL Club,” the ABC-TV Special “The Desert’s Edge,” “Two On The Town,” “The Other Half” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and has been the subject of additional TV, newspaper and magazine articles. He attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA and Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. before becoming an ordained minister. He is the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Divinity, conferred by Vision International University and College, of San Diego, CA.
Originally a native of Houston, Tex., Wilson is married to P. Bunny Wilson, a much sought after author and public speaker. Dr. Wilson is the author of “The Master’s Degree–Majoring In Your Marriage”, published by Harvest House, and “Unmasking the Lone Ranger.” published by New Dawn Publishing.
Prior to the founding of New Dawn Christian Village, Wilson traveled extensively, speaking in person for churches and conferences impacting thousands throughout the world year round. Together, he and Bunny have six children and did attend Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, where the late Dr E.V. Hill was the pastor, and where Wilson served as an assistant to him and superintendent of the Orientation Department Church School for 28 years before resigning from that position in 2003.
The Lord has called home the Reverend Boris Carter of Lexington, Kentucky, the former pastor of the Dividing Ridge Missionary Baptist Church of Mayo, Kentucky and brother of Dr. Bishop Carter, III, Moderator of the Consolidated District Baptist Association of Lexington.
Services are scheduled as follows:
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Visitation – 11:00 a.m.
Homegoing Services begin at 1:00 p.m.
Services held at First African Baptist Church, Lexington, KY, Rev. Nathl Moore, Pastor
Obituary from the Lexington Herald-Leader:
“CARTER Rev. Boris “Tink” Gerard was born May 5, 1958 in Lexington, Kentucky. The Lord knowing he was tired gave him blessed peace October 1, 2012. He was the son of Rev. Bishop E. Carter II and the late Anna Belle Carter. He confessed a hope in Christ at an early age at the First Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Rev. Homer E. Nutter and was ordained to preach the Gospel, May 3, 1991, under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. L. H. McIntyre. The Lord blessed him to pastor Dividing Ridge Baptist Church, Mayo, KY from 1991 to 2006. He was a proud graduate of Bryan Station High School, Kentucky State University, and Simmons Bible College. He retired in 2005 from the Fayette County School System after 18+ years of service. His last assignment was at Bryan Station Senior High School where he mentored and befriended numerous students and staff. He was a faithful member and Associate Minister of First African Baptist Church. He deeply loved his church, church family and was willing to serve in any capacity. His numerous affiliations include the Consolidated Baptist District Association, the General Association of Kentucky Baptist, the Ministerial Fellowship Organization of Lexington, the Ministers and Deacons Meeting, Bryan Station and Kentucky State University Alumni Associations. He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Laverne Raglin Carter; two daughters that were his heart, Jessica Laverne and Camille AnnaBelle; one brother, Rev. Dr. Bishop E. Carter III (Brenda); mother-in-law Mrs. Jessie Raglin; a host of special uncles and aunts; sisters-in-law Carolyn Belmar and Sharon (William) Braboy; brothers-in-law Charles, Floyd and Danny Raglin and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, Sis. Emma Burdell and special friends. Funeral Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 1pm. visitation 11am at First African Baptist church. Services by Smith & Smith.
Last night the first Presidential Debate of 2012 between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney was held in Colorado. There has been a lot of post-debate analysis and I want to add my perspective.
First, a little known fact about me is that I was on the Thomas Jefferson High School Debate Team in Portland, Oregon. I was trained in Debate by our instructor, Mr. Claude Bonfiglio. I learned three things that year: (a) come to the podium prepared; (b) come to the podium precise; (c) come to the podium proud (confident).
Last night, in light of those three points, the President did not do his best. Romney came aggressive, a “rules be damned” attitude from the get-go, and there was oddly, in a national affairs debate, no mention of Romney’s 47% remark, Paul Ryan’s 30% remark, the GOP right-wing platform. It looked like a really bad Presidential press conference with a hostile reporter in the room with an agenda.
I think last night’s debate probably gave some confidence to the GOP. This morning on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, Presidential historian John Meacham related this to Mark Twain’s famous quote, “Twain said, ‘The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated . . . but he eventually died.” I think that overall Romney won the night on style but not on substance. The President seemed pre-occupied and as several journalists have suggested that he hasn’t been in a debate in four years and was rusty.
Whatever the reason, this is just round one. There are additional debates coming. It’s just round one.