Legendary Detroit pianist and Northern soul favorite Richard "Popcorn" Wylie was born in the Motor City on June 6, 1939; the product of a musical family, he formed his first band while in high school, recruiting fellow students James Jamerson on bass and Clifford Mack on drums -- both, along with Wylie, would later serve as members of the Motown label's famed Funk Brothers studio group. In 1960 Wylie signed with the local Northern label to record his debut single, "Pretty Girl"; while performing at the Detroit nightclub Twenty Grand he was spotted by engineers working for then-fledgling Motown, who recommended him to owner Berry Gordy Jr. Wylie soon released "Shimmy Gully," one of the earliest Motown releases, and with backing band the Mohawks issued a pair of 1961 singles, a cover of Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I ...
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