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American pianist & RB arranger (born Uchee, Ala., Sept. 20, 1917, died Detroit Jan.29, 2014). Grew up in Chicago and arrived in Detroit in 1936. Was an arranger for [l=Motown], [l=Stax] & several labels owned by [a=Don Davis (2)]. He got national fame in 1972 sharing a [i]Grammy Award[/i] with [a=Isaac Hayes] for their arrangement of [i]Theme From Shaft[/i]. His contributions to Detroit’s musical culture spanned some seven decades.