Motown’s first A&R Director William “Mickey” Stevenson is among dozens nominated for induction into the 2020 Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Stevenson partnered with Motown staples including Marvin Gaye and Barrett Strong to write and produce hit records during the height of Motown in the 1960s. He was also a founder of Martha and the Vandellas, Martha was Stevenson’s secretary when he asked her to fill in on backup vocals for one of Gaye’s singles after the original singer failed to show up to the recording session.
Stevenson’s biggest songwriting hit was Martha and the Vandellas’ “Dancing in the Street" in 1964. He also is credited for Eddie Holland’s “Jamie,” “It Takes Two,” a duet by Gaye and Kim Weston, Stevenson’s wife.
Some of Stevenson’s greatest hits were a product of his partnership with songwriter/producer/singer George Ivy including Four Tops’ “Ask the Lonely.”
Also nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame are Roger Nichols, The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo), Steve Miller, Patti Smith and the Isley Brothers.
Click here for a complete list of this year’s nominees.