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Kenny Thomas

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Kenny Thomas found success as a songwriter at only 17 years of age when his composition "Stoned Love" was earmarked for one of Motown's most important groups, The Supremes. Thomas wrote the tune, which he said expressed his feelings about world events at the time. "We had civil rights issues going on in this country, Vietnam, drugs, 'make love not war.' But stones are forever – they don't break or come apart. Love will be here forever."

Thomas used the pseudonym "Yennek Samoht" for his composer credit, reportedly a nod to two of his heroes: Stevie Wonder, who had previously spelled his own name backwards being credited as Eivets Rednow, and Nina Simone whose name sounded similar.

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