Sometimes the producer is also the writer of the song, sometimes he's not.. In the area of black music, the first name that comes to mind..is Quincy Jones. He did a lot of work with Michael Jackson and his brothers, also a lot on his own......
Black music with Quincy Jones, that kind of makes me laugh-- because he did so many other things as well. I wouldn't want to stereotype him. And I wouldn't want to stereotype Michael Jackson's music either it was absolutely mainstream pop.
Quincy's first producing job was with Mercury records as a producer and A&R man. At Mercury he discovered the sixties teenage singing sensation Lesley Gore. He picked her voice from a plethora of tapes and made her the singing representation of teenage girls for the early sixties.
After buying those records I was astonished to find out that he was next conducting Count Basie's Orchestra for Frank Sinatra at the Sands in Las Vegas. I always thought that Frank Sinatra Live at the Sands was Sinatra's best live album-- well that was Quincy Jones in the sixties.
Decades later he was still conducting Frank Sinatra and was probably Frank's last record producer. I remember seeing the documentary of him producing Frank's single, L. A. IS MY LADY in 1984.
Quincy was such an important producer and conductor to Sinatra that Tina Sinatra gave him Frank's signature pinky ring to him after the singer's death.
I think many people remember and associate Quincy with the Michael Jackson Thriller album because it was probably the biggest album in pop history. And the album also solidified MTV and music videos into pop culture.
But I will always associate Quincy Jones with Lesley Gore because that's the first time I ever heard his name and with their big hit It's My Party in 1963. I was part of that audience of adolescent girls in that age group--we just loved it.
And I'll always remember how he made a shy little teenage girl from Tenafly, New Jersey a singing star.