Celebrating 100 Years of Oakland Technical High School
Michael Sutton ’66
Michael B. Sutton, Class of 1966, is a soul and funk songwriter who found success writing for Motown artists in the 1970s, including Thelma Houston, the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, and Dionne Warwick. Together with his wife Brenda, Sutton performed as a duo called Finished Touch.
The couple produced and performed We’ll Make It in 1981, and Don’t Let Go of Me in 1982, both on Sam Records. Both songs made it onto the Billboard Club Play Singles chart. They later released an album So Good for the Rocshire label as The Suttons in 1984, and No Other Love in 1990, once again as Mike & Brenda Sutton. The couple is no longer together but continues to collaborate on music occasionally.