IN REMEMBRANCE: 2-1-2015

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BEAUTIFUL, ALSO, ARE THE SOULS OF MY BLACK SISTERS

ROSE MARIE McCOY, A SONGWRITER FOR ROCK, POP AND JAZZ LEGENDS

Rose Marie McCoy was a collaborator on some 850 songs.

But her songs, spanning R&B, rock ’n’ roll, jazz and gospel, were widely heard, recorded by scores of singers, including Big Maybelle, James Brown, Ruth Brown, Nat King Cole, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis, Bette Midler, Elvis Presley, Ike and Tina Turner, and Sarah Vaughan.

“When the rock ’n’ roll come in, if you say you wrote rock ’n’ roll, everybody wanted to see,” Ms. McCoy recalled in the documentary, on National Public Radio in 2009. “They wanted to hear what you had. And if they liked it…

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