Post by rainymourning on Apr 16, 2006 15:35:50 GMT -5
Hi all I was forwarded this sad news yesterday but I see it hasn't been posted yet. We have lost another talent
DEAN JAMES ANTHONY
Age 63, April 9, 2006. Passed away at home after a long battle with cancer. Beloved son of the late Richard and Dorothy Dean. Dear father of Anthony Dean, Sharona Smiley and James II. Proud grandfather of Alyssa. James was a song writer previously with Motown Records for several years. He wrote well known songs such as "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted", "You Don't Have to be a Star" and numerous others along with his friend and partner William Weatherspoon (who preceded him in death). He was the first cousin to the Holland's of the famous writing team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, formerly of Motown Records. James' music will be surely missed by all. He is also survived by siblings, Cheryl (Chris) Johnson, Richard (Iris) Dean II, Deborah Dean, Leonard (Nancy) Dean and Ava (Andy) Evans, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Family and friends may visit Friday 1-9 p.m. at Swanson Funeral Home, 806 E. Grand Blvd. In state Saturday 9:30 a.m. with funeral service 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial United Memorial Gardens, Plymouth, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Foundation or Kidney Foundations.
Post by Diamond Girl on Apr 21, 2006 14:32:40 GMT -5
Songwriter stayed loyal to Motown roots
Eric Lacy / The Detroit News
April 20, 2006
James A. Dean reflected on life experiences often and wrote lyrics about them to help create Detroit's Motown sound, said Wardell Montgomery Jr., a fellow songwriter and longtime friend.
"He was a person that really loved music and the arts," Montgomery said. "He wanted something bigger to happen to Detroit, so he had a very business-like approach and wrote songs that people could relate to."
Mr. Dean, a Detroit native, died from cancer of the spine in his home on Sunday, April 9, 2006. He was 63.
Montgomery said Dean is believed to have written hundreds of Motown, R&B, jazz and pop songs over a 40-year span.
One of the most popular songs Dean helped create was "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted," performed by Jimmy Ruffin. Montgomery said Dean also did work for Tom Jones and Johnny Mathis.
"He had a sense of how important Motown and other forms of music were," Montgomery said. "Even after Motown left Detroit, he was still in the city helping artists get exposure. His home base was always Detroit."
Mr. Dean was born in Detroit on Feb. 7, 1943, and graduated from Hamtramck High School. He served in the Army and in 1964 joined his cousins Edward and Brian Holland at Motown.
Services were held April 15 at Swanson Funeral Home in Detroit. Burial was in United Memorial Gardens in Plymouth.
Survivors include two sons, Anthony and James Jr.; a daughter, Sharona Smiley; three sisters, two brothers and a granddaughter.