September 28, 2012 20:30

Frank Wilson - singer of 'most expensive' record ever - dies at 71

A copy of rare Northern Soul track 'Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)' sold for £25,000

Frank Wilson, a Motown singer and producer, has died at the age of 71.

Wilson, who was from Houston, Texas, passed away yesterday (September 27) after succumbing to prostate cancer.

As an recording artist, Wilson only ever released one single. However, 1965's 'Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)' became a cult Northern Soul track. Only 250 copies of the 7" vinyl record were pressed and most of them were destroyed when Wilson decided he wanted to focus on writing and producing. Click above to listen to the song.

Only two or three copies of the single survived. One was sold in 2009 for a massive £25,000, reports BBC News, making it the most expensive record ever sold at auction.

Wilson began working for Motown Records in Los Angles, but transferred to their Detroit office in the mid-1960s. He co-wrote The Supremes' 'Love Child' and 'Stoned Love' as well as 'All I Need' by The Temptations and Marvin Gaye's 'Chained'.

He left Motown in 1976 to become a born again Christian before becoming ordained as a minister.

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