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Dorothy R. Simpson’s Celebration

Renowned community leader and owner of Simpson’s Records Shop celebrates 50 plus years in business


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Detroit, MI – Simpson’s Records Shop, at 2961 East McNichols Road, has been a Detroit-based music business and community sanctuary for more than 50 years. More importantly, it is Dorothy R. Simpson’s dream, realized. On Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., the Simpson family, parishioners of Greater Burnette Baptist Church, friends, and the community-at-large will celebrate Dorothy Simpson, now 87 years old, and her business accomplishments. The celebration is at Greater Burnette Baptist Church, 16801 Schoolcraft, Detroit.

Fifty years ago, Dorothy Simpson decided she wanted to establish a family business. A dedicated member of the Greater Burnette Baptist Church for the past 54 years, Simpson wanted to specialize in gospel music as well as mentor and inspire young people in the community. Simpson’s Records Shop was the vehicle that helped Dorothy Simpson achieve her goals. The business was a hybrid record shop where adults listened to music and conversed as well as a candy store for children. The candy counter drew the kids to the store, the music lured the adults. Simpson hired many children over the years, teaching them good work habits. Residents from the neighborhood have sweet memories of jazz, blues, R&B and, yes, gospel music as well as devouring tasty candies like Jolly Ranchers, Mary Janes, Squirrel Nuts, Tootsie Rolls, Bit-O-Honey and Watermelons.

The kids, now adults, live by Simpson’s motto, “Believe in yourself, and never say what you cannot do, until you have tried.”

Dorothy Simpson is extremely proud of the many successes of the six children she and her deceased husband, Calvin Simpson produced. Her son, Donnie Simpson, followed in her musical footsteps with an iconic career as a radio DJ as well as a television and movie personality. Donnie Simpson began his broadcast career at the tender age of 15 at WJLB in Detroit. His national media career has spanned 45 years. During this timeframe, he has received Billboard Magazine’s Radio Personality of the Year and Program Director of the Year awards. He has hosted BET’s Video Soul, The Donnie Simpson Show, many other programs, network specials and tributes. Donnie Simpson along with his siblings, Calvin, Deloris, Lonnie and Reggie, will celebrate the day with a host of family and friends.

For more information about the Dorothy R. Simpson celebration, call the Greater Burnette Baptist Church at 313.837.0032.

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