(Alphonso 'Fonce' Mizel)

*Alphonso “Fonce” Mizell, a renowned producer, songwriter and member of Motown hit-makers The Corporation as well as half of the legendary production duo The Mizell Brothers, has passed away. The cause of his death is not known. He was 68 years old.

Alphonso “Fonce” Mizell with his brother Larry and their Sky High Production company transformed the soul jazz genre by combining Motown’s commercial sound with the music virtuosity of the Blue Note roster producing a number of now-classic LPs.

After leaving Motown, the Mizell brothers formed their own production company, Sky High Productions. The duo produced a string of jazz/R&B hybrid hits for various artists like Bobbi Humphrey, Gary Bartz, A Taste of Honey and Donald Byrd (“Dominoes”)  among others.

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