It can be so hard to find information about women in music. Unless it’s made explicit, cultural assumptions have tended to credited the creation of music to men. Women are more likely to be given credit performing music than creating it. If you look hard enough though, there are women behind some of the most powerful and enduring popular music.
That’s the case with Sylvia Moy. She was an American songwriter and record producer, most famously associated with Motown Records. It’s hard to imagine some high profile Motown artists without her.
Take Stevie Wonder for example:
- Uptight (Everything’s Alright)
- I Was Made to Love Her
- Never Had A Dream Come True
- This Old Heart Of Mine
- With a Childs Heart
- Listen to Annie Lennox nail this Stevie Wonder tune, also written by Sylvia Moy.
Or Martha and the Vandellas:
Or Marvin Gaye:
And maybe you haven’t heard of The Velvelettes, but you need to hear them now: