Paul RiserPaul Riser, probably the most prolific arranger of hit songs of all time.
Chief architects for strings and horn arrangements at Motown.
Among Riser's biggest hits as an arranger are, "My Girl" (The Temptations),
"Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (The Temptations), for which he won a Grammy
Award, both versions of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" (Marvin
Gaye)(Gladys Knight & The Pips), "My Cherie Amour," (Stevie Wonder),
both versions of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (Diana Ross) (Marvin Gaye &
Tammy Terrell), "If I Were Your Woman" (Gladys Knight & The Pips) and "Tears
of A Clown" (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles). He is also composer of "What
Becomes of The Brokenhearted" (Jimmy Ruffin).
Also outside the Motown organisation he achieved hits records for such artist as
“Car Wash” (Rose Royce) Certified gold and platinum by RIAA and BPI
"Never To Much" (Luther Vandross), Certified gold and platinum by RIAA
"Two Hearts" (Phil Collins) Silver certification by BPI
“Believe I Can Fly" (R. Kelly). Certified gold and platinum by RIAA and BPI
His arrangements is also heard on recording projects for such artist as
Quincy Jones, T
The Doobie Brothers,
Mary J. Blige.
As we fast forward to the 1990s and the early 21st century, we witness other great achievements by Paul Riser, callobarating with R. Kelly on the album “Chocolate Factory” which has sold 2.5 million copies in America since its release in 2003.
He was responsible for the string arrangement on Keith Washington’s R&B number one single; “Kissing You”(1991) , extracted from the gold album “Making Time For Love” on the Qwest label.He is one of few arrangers to have achieved hit records over four decades.
BPI (British Phonographic Industry) RIAA (Record Industry Association of America)
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