The Golden World Story
Detroit Awakens

In 1961, few people could have been predicting the explosion in popular music that was about to  engulf the city of Detroit.

One guy was taking stock however, Ed Wingate.

Already being described in the Michigan Chronicle as a successful businessman, Ed was well established in the service sector, running a string of Hotels, Cafes and Taxis.

In his mid to late thirties he was also known and respected throughout Detroit's African American community.

A close business partner of his was a lady by the name of JoAnne Jackson who was married to champion boxer Johnny Bratton. 

In 1951 Johnny won the NBA World Welterweight Title in Chicago, Illinois. Source :

JoAnne was also a success in business and has been described by her contemporaries as a very beautiful woman.



Notes by David Meikle

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