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Motown Pioneer Dies at 98

Maxine Powell, the woman behind the look, style, charm and grace of such artists as Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, the Temptations and the Jackson 5 has died at 98 years old.

According to NPR, she was in charge of Motown’s ‘Finishing School’ in the heyday of Motown, as she had the final word in how their acts looked, and influenced greatly how they presented themselves in public and how they treated people. She directed the ‘Artists Development Department’.

Maxine worked with Marvin Gaye, Martha Reese and the Vandellas, Tammy Terrell. She also worked with Stevie Wonder, but said:

I didn’t do anything with Stevie, because he was always beautiful.

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