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Michael Henderson

b. Michael Scott Henderson, 7th July 1951, Yazoo City, Mississippi, U.S.A.

d. 19th July 2022, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

Michael Henderson has enjoyed successful careers as a player and performer.

He moved from Yazoo City, Mississippi to Detroit in the early '60s, and was a session player.

As a 13-year-old, Henderson played bass with the Fantastic Four, Detroit Emeralds, Billy Preston, and other Motown acts in 1964 and 1965.

He later toured with Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin before joining Miles Davis.

Michael played and toured with Davis for seven years.

When he met drummer / producer Norman Connors.

Michael offered to him some of his own songs.


Norman Connors recorded 'Valentine Love' on his 'Saturday Night Special' LP, featuring Michael with Jean Carne.

This was his vocal debut, and it reached No. 10 on the R & B chart.

Michael wrote two other hits for the LP, 'We Both Need Each Other' and 'You Are My Starship,' which peaked at number four.


Those successes landed Michael his own Buddah deal in 1976, and in 1978 he got his first Top 10 R & B hit with 'Take Me I'm Yours' for Buddah.

Michael recorded for Buddah from 1976 to 1983, earning his biggest hit in 1980 with 'Wide Receiver,' a number four hit.

He moved to EMI in 1986.

Michael also recorded 'Can't We Fall In Love Again' with Phyllis Hyman on her own LP, and sang with Bobby Womack and Johnnie Taylor, as well as producing The Dramatics.

He also helped discover Cherrelle, who was his next door neighbour in the late '70's.

She sang background and toured with him for four years.

Michael died in July 2022, at the age of 71, at home in Georgia.

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Solid (Buddah Records 1976)

Goin' Places (Buddah Records 1977)

In the Night-Time (Buddah Records 1978)

Do It All (Buddah Records 1979)

Wide Receiver (Buddah Records 1980)

Slingshot (Arista Records 1981)

Fickle (Buddah Records 1983)

Bedtime Stories (EMI USA Records 1986)

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