Artist worked with Smokey Robinson, Four Tops.

Artist worked with Smokey Robinson, Four Tops.

R&B singer and former Motown songwriter/producer Johnny Bristol, who worked with such stars as Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, died March 21 in Brighton Township, Mich., apparently of natural causes. He was 65.

During his Motown stint, Bristol produced or wrote for various artists, including Smokey Robinson, the Four Tops and Junior Walker. He recorded "Someday We'll Be Together" with singing partner Jackie Beavers in 1961, and later sang backup on Diana Ross & the Supremes' 1969 No. 1 crossover version.

After leaving Motown in 1973, Bristol scored an R&B/pop hit for MGM with "Hang on in There Baby." He went on to record for Atlantic, Polydor and Handshake.


The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to

To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.