Maureen Bailey, vocal coach, actress and songwriter, died of heart failure June 15 in Lancaster, Calif. She was 74.
While under contract with Motown Records, Bailey wrote and co-produced for musicians such as Berry Gordy, Hal Davis and Jermaine Jackson, including his platinum-selling “Let’s Get Serious.”
Born in Detroit, Bailey got her start on the ABC radio program “The Lone Ranger” and WJR’s “Make Way for Youth.”
On Broadway she appeared in “The Girls Against the Boys” with Dick Van Dyke in 1959 and the 1963 staging of “The Sound of Music” with Jon Voight. TV credits include 1960’s “Peter Pan” on NBC with Mary Martin.
In later years Bailey became a vocal coach and counted Rain Pryor among her students.
Survivors include a son.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. July 2 at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.