The Johnnie Mae Matthews Story

When Johnnie Mae Matthews succumbed to cancer in January  2002, one of the last links to Detroit's R n' B roots was sadly lost. Known as the "Godmother of Detroit Soul," or as George Clinton affectionately called her, "Mother Funker," she was a pioneer of Soul music in the Motor City.

Johnnie Mae Matthews
"I Have No Choice"

After founding her own recording company in the late '50s she went on to discover, manage and produce numerous artists, and cut around thirty 45s that span rock n' roll, blues, soul and funk.

Her death went unreported in the local newspapers and it's hoped that this tribute will direct an overdue spotlight on a remarkable lady who lived in the darkest of Motown's shadows.

Notes thanks to Graham Finch



This website is dedicated to Detroit, Soul Music, 45 RPM, Northern Soul and the great Motown era of Detroit Musics. It covers Golden World, Tamla, Wheelsville, Robert West, Darrell Banks, Johnnie Mae Matthews, Rose Battiste, Tera Shirma, Fred Bridges, Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Edwin Starr, Funk Brothers, Dennis Coffey, Bob Babbitt, James Jamerson, Twisted Wheel, Wiggan Casino and many more Detroit Souls topics.