The book is filled with Rose Marie McCoy’s fascinating behind-the-scenes tales of songwriters, musicians, producers, music publishers, record company owners, mobsters, and legendary singers who recorded her songs, including Nat “King” Cole, Elvis Presley, Sarah Vaughan, Ike & Tina Turner, James Brown, Dinah Washington, Jackie Wilson, Johnny Mathis, and so many more.
“I don’t know of any other songwriter with the kind of track record Rose Marie McCoy has,” says Al Bell, past president of Motown Records Group and former owner of Stax Records. “Her songs have been recorded by so many legendary artists in such a diversity of styles: blues, jazz, rock, rhythm & blues, country, pop, gospel. It’s mind boggling what she has done.”
And truly mind boggling is that she succeeded an independent songwriter, without the backing of a publishing house or record company to promote her work, relying on her talent, determination, and self-assurance. Hers is a truly inspiring story.