Black History Month: Celebrating Those Who Came Before Us

  • Rose Marie McCoy (1922 - 2015) 

    Rose Marie McCoy

    Like many songwriters, you may not know her name, but you may know her songs.  In the 1950s, an African American woman, Rose Marie McCoy wrote and produced some of the biggest pop songs in an industry dominated by white males.  She worked as a songwriter for many record labels including Motown, Atlantic and Stax, and wrote for recording artists such as Elvis Presley, Ike and Tina Turner, and Big Maybelle.  Two of her biggest hits were Presley’s, Trying to Get You, and Ike and Tina Turner’s, I Think It’s Gonna Work Out Fine.


  • February 20, 2021

  • Source:  O The Oprah Magazine, January 2021, January 2021, NPR