Arranger for top Motown acts
Gil Askey, 89, a trumpeter, conductor and arranger for top Motown acts, including the Supremes, the Temptations and the Four Tops, died April 9 in Melbourne, Australia. He had lymphoma, according to his family.
Askey's work with Motown began in 1965 when he was hired to produce and arrange several tracks on Billy Eckstine's "Prime of My Life."
Motown founder Berry Gordon later assigned Askey to work with the Supremes. He produced "The Supremes Sing Rodgers & Hart," a 1967 album of show tunes, and was musical director for their live shows.
"A gifted musician...