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Sylvia Moy, Motown songwriter and producer, dies at age 78

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/20/2017
FILE - In this June 15, 2006, file photo, songwriter Sylvia Moy arrives for the 2006 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York. Moy, who wrote or collaborated on a number of hits for Motown recording stars like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, died Saturday, April 15, 2017, at a Detroit-area hospital hospital from complications from pneumonia. She was 78. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this June 15, 2006, file photo, songwriter Sylvia Moy arrives for the 2006 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York. Moy, who wrote or collaborated on a number of hits for Motown recording stars like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, died Saturday, April 15, 2017, at a Detroit-area hospital hospital from complications from pneumonia. She was 78. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File)

DETROIT (AP) — Motown songwriter Sylvia Moy, who penned or collaborated on several hits by recording stars like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, has died in suburban Detroit. She was 78.

Her brother, Melvin Moy, tells The Associated Press his sister died Saturday at hospital in Dearborn from complications from pneumonia.

Moy's credits include Wonder's "My Cherie Amour" and Gaye's "It Takes Two." Moy also wrote the theme songs for the television series "Blossom," ''The Wonder Years" and "Growing Pains." She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006.

Motown arranger and musician Paul Riser says Moy was the studio's first female producer and "pioneered some really, really unique things for women."

Swanson Funeral Home in Detroit will hold funeral services this weekend. Moy's survivors include five sisters and two brothers.

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