Oct 15, 2013
By Jane Brown
She was responsible for developing the charm, grace and style of the artists for Motown Records during the 1960’s. Maxine Powell has died at the age of 98. She directed the label’s Artists Development Department, also known as Motown’s Finishing School. Maxine Powell was responsible for teaching The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and the Jackson Five among others, how they should carry themselves, treat people and dress. Motown founder Berry Gordy said the training school was the only one of its kind offered at any record label. Powell’s passing comes less than two months after she was honoured at the Motown Museum. Maxine Powell died of natural causes.