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Memorials scheduled for Detroit music icon Don Davis

By Gary Graff
Digital First Media/@GraffonMusic

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Multiple memorials have been schedule for Don Davis, the Grammy Award-winning Detroit music producer and businessman.

Visitation for the West Bloomfield resident, who died June 5 at the age of 75 after a long illness, will take place 2-8 p.m. Thursday, June 19, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, June 20 at Swanson Funeral Home, 14751 W. McNichols Road, Detroit. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, June 20, at the Music Hall Center, 350 Madison Ave., Detroit, while a Celebration of Life Service will take place at 10 .m. Saturday, June 21, also at the Music Hall. Participants and performers for the two services will be announced soon.

As one of the owners of United Sound Studios in Detroit, After starting as a session musician, Davis produced albums for artists on the Motown and Stax labels, as well as his own Groovesville Music label. He was the producer and writer of Johnnie Taylor`s 1968 hit "Who's Making Love" as well as Taylor`s 1976 smash "Disco Lady," which was the first single to be certified platinum for sales of a million copies.

After leaving music, Davis founded First Independence Bank, Michigan's only African-American owned and operated commercial bank.

A Don Davis Scholarship Foundation has been established in his memory. Contributions can be made to the fund at 44 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48226.

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