Born on 13.02.1919 in Moultry, Georgia, U.S.
Died on 05.05.2006
In the 30's he relocated to Detroit, Michigan
With his wife, Joanne Jackson Bratton, he established a series of labels such as Golden World, Ric-Tic Records, Wingate, and J & W Records Inc..
He sold them to his mentor Berry Gordy in the late 60's.