Motown Legend, Maxine Powell Dies at 98

Motown Records close associate Maxine Powell has passed away Oct. 14, after decades of inspiring some of Detroit’s biggest musicians including The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, and The Jackson Five. She was 98 years old.

Motown founder Berry Gordy released a statement following Ms. Powell’s passing stating, “She brought something to Motown that no other record company had,” Gordy said in a statement Monday. “She was a star in her own right – an original. She will always be remembered for her style and class, and she instilled that into the Motown artists by teaching them how to walk, talk and even think with class.” (Philly)

Our Editor (Tyrone Davis), assisted by Lucky Smith (Promotions & Marketing), got the opportunity to meet Ms. Powell (thanks to Trea Day Management and Publicity) in Detroit during the making of “Blondie: The Florence Ballard Story” where they filmed the meeting of R&B singer, Faith Evans and Florence Ballard’s daughters as well as a meeting with Ms. Powell and a trip to Motown. Faith was to play Florance Ballard but unfortunately, the film was cancelled after a fallout between Faith and the producers.


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