Marv was only 19 years of age when he got his chance with
The resultant "My baby-o"/"Once upon a time
" was released on Kudo663, with the topside being a
remake of a Fortune song by the Five Dollars.
Marv's Kudo sides were recorded at Special Recordings on
Duffield, with Berry Gordy apparently
According to Berry's ex-wife Raynoma, she and Berry would meet
up again with Marv a few weeks later, in Prince Adams Records, on 12th
His light-tenor vocal had hooked them, as did his
prowess as a songwriter. They took one of his songs, "Come to me,"
and issued it on Tamla101 the first release on the Motown group
United Artists took an interest in the song and gave it
national distribution on their own label. It achieved Pop #30
and R&B #6.
The success led to UA taking over Marv's contract, a
move which provided him with a further 6 Top 100 Pop songs.
NB. Special had an excellent reputation and was used
extensively by Harry Balk and others and was based only half a
mile from the United Artist building. It was also responsible
for the recording of the highly successful Lone Ranger programs for
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