Richard 'Popcorn' Wylie left
this home a long time ago but when I spoke to him on the
last day of April 2001, he yearned for the days when 3044
Taylor was his musical H.Q.
it or not, in the early days, he had a piano in the garage
on the left which he used on practice sessions. Those
involve amongst others, James Jamerson, Mike Terry, Norman
Whitfield and Mary Wells.
Later they would graduate to
the basement of 3044 Taylor and Popcorn recalls fondly the
moment when they tried to get the piano downstairs and got
from a musical family and by the time he was at North Western
High School he had formed his own band.
While performing at the Twenty
Grand on 14th, he was spotted by a couple of Motown engineers
who recommended him to Berry Gordy.
Popcorn then played on two of Motown's
most significant releases in 'Please Mr Postman' and 'Shop
around' before splitting with the company in 1962.
By the mid-sixties he had become
his own man, always demanding payment up front, and successfully
launching two record labels in Pameline (named after his
three daughters) and Soulhawk.
Popcorn's A La King Music
Publishing Company was named after his mother Althea King.
Later he would open premises
at 8 Mile and Schaeffer.
Notes thanks to David Meikle.