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Whitey: Stuck on Motown
by Richard Payne, Jr.
This book is about a kid growing up infatuated with Motown music. By his late teens in the 1980s, racism was still rampant, but it did not detour him in any way. He still idolized the two biggest icons in Motown history, Smokey and Marvin.
Growing up he started to mimic these two icons, and it paid off. He landed a few gigs at some after-hours clubs. Then he performed at a wedding reception for a friend, where he met the girl of his dreams, who was also a singer. They started doing some of Motown’s duet songs, and they were pretty good at it. They landed some club performances and even got a casino gig. They just made it to the big time, until…
You won’t want to put this book down.
About the Author
Richard Payne, Jr., grew up in Philadelphia on the streets of Kensington. He had a normal childhood with a lot of friends, and he played all the sports at Lighthouse Field.
When approaching manhood, he went to work in the construction business. One year when work was slow, he started writing this book. When work picked up again, the book sat in a drawer for years until one day, at the request of a friend, he retrieved it and finished it. He still works in the construction business today and is contemplating another book.
(2010, paperback, 74 pages)