Stevie Wonder Pays Tribute To Motown Songwriter Sylvia Moy
Stevie Wonder credited Sylvia Moy for “enriching my world of songs” as he paid an emotional tribute to the late Motown songwriter. The Motown Records stalwart passed away of apparent complications from pneumonia at a Michigan hospital on Saturday.
Sylvia was the co-writer on some of Stevie’s biggest hits, such as My Cherie Amour, Uptight (Everything’s Alright) and I Was Made to Love Her, and the 66-year-old singer remembered his collaborator and pal in a statement to Rolling Stone.
“How do you stop loving the ones you loved for a lifetime – you don’t! Sylvia Moy has made it possible to enrich my world of songs with some of the greatest lyrics,” he wrote. “But, not only that, she, through her participation and our co-writing those songs, helped me become a far better writer of lyrics.”
The pair remained close friends for years, with Stevie Wonder surprising Sylvia by turning up as she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006.
“Even in these later years, I longed for us to collaborate again, yet who am I to fight with the Most High in His decision to making her one of his angels of song for eternity,” Stevie continued. “Maybe someday in eternity, at its given time and space, we will write together again. I love you, Sylvia.”
Sylvia was discovered by Marvin Gaye while performing at a Detroit, Michigan club in 1963 and she subsequently signed a songwriting and performing deal with Motown, according to RollingStone.com.
In addition to her musical work, she founded the Center for Creative Communications, which served underprivileged children in Detroit.