Published Jul 12, 2011Alphonso "Fonce" Mizell, a renowned producer, songwriter and member of Motown hit-making team the Corporation, has died. The cause of death is currently unknown, reports LA Weekly. He was 68 years old.
In 1969, Fonce joined Motown's Corporation, who penned Jackson 5 mega-hits like "I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save" and more. After the Corporation disbanded in 1972, Fonce and his brother Larry moved to Los Angeles, formed Sky High Productions and became key players in the world of fusion jazz. Known as the Mizell Brothers, they worked on a string of celebrated albums with trumpeter Donald Byrd. These were released on the lauded Blue Note label.
Listen to a few of Fonce's most beloved works below.