b. Henry Rhodes Cosby, 12th May 1928, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, U.S.A.
d. 22nd January 2002, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Oakland County, Michigan, U.S.A.
Hank Cosby was born in Detroit in 1928.
He was the son of Joseph A. Cosby and Scrilda Ann Cosby.
Hank graduated from Northern High School and served in the military during the Korean War.
It was during his service he met Nat ‘Cannonball’ Adderly, who featured in the military band school.
Nat invited Hank to join his group, however, Hank did not want to travel, so he declined the offer.
joe hunter band
Previously, the Joe Hunter band featured James Jamerson (on bass), Benny Benjamin (on drums), Mike Terry (on sax), Larry Veeder (on guitar) and Joe Hunter (on piano).
Many of the group members went on to become part of Motown’s famous in house band, the Funk Brothers.
Hank was recruited into the Motown stable as a saxophone player, however he later became a writer/producer for the label.
clan members: l to r: pam sawyer, frank wilson, deke richards and r dean taylor
smokey robinson-tears of a clown / stevie wonder-my cherie amour
'My Cherie Amour', 'Fingertips', 'Never Had A Dream Come True', 'I'd Be A Fool Right Now', 'Angie Girl', 'I Was Made To Love Her’, ‘Uptight (Everything's Alright)’ are now considered pop classics along with his other artistic collaborations including the Smokey Robinson collaboration (and number one hit single),’Tears Of A Clown'.
Hank remeined at Motown until 1973, around the time the final recordings sessions in the Detroit studio's were recorded.
These sessions featured the song 'Machine Gun' by the Commodores.
Hank was admitted to William Beaumont Hospital in Detroit for triple bypass heart surgery on the 25th of July 2001.
Because of infections that were not detected in time, he under went 3 more surgeries, to correct the problems.
Hank finally passed away in the morning hours of Tuesday, the 22nd of January 2002.
Stevie Wonder performed 'My Cherie Amour' at Hanks funeral, which was attended by 300 mourners at the James H. Cole Funeral Home in Detroit.
He was married to Patricia Cosby, who was a receptionist at Motown Records in 1962.
In 2006, Hank was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.