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 Margaret Terry taught her neighbor, Stevie Wonder, how to play this piano when they were kids - right here in the home on 25th street in Detroit.

"All he wanted to do was play the piano better than me," Terry said. "He was alright with that."

"We used to go around the neighborhood and had contests with the bands and singers," Glover said. "That's how we were making our living (laughs)."

John Glover is Margaret's younger brother. He and Stevie were an act auditioning as kids, way back in 1961 with Motown Records.

"We was singing and turning flips and all that and Berry Gordy liked it," Glover said. "And asked would we like to be a part of Motown Records. He said, 'Do you want to sign with Motown Records?'
"We said yes - we like that, we love it."

Stevie Wonder went on to stardom, Terry recorded a song "This will never do."

And Glover wrote songs for too many artists to count.

One of Glover's songs,  "You don't have to be a star baby to be in my show"  earned him  a gold record for this number one hit, but for all their talent, this brother and sister team hasn't been able to afford to keep up their childhood home - literally falling down around them.

"I got heat but it didn't come up here - I may as well have been outside..."

No  heat, no running water due to a burst pipe and sporadic electricity.

On top of that - this home has been broken into five times.

And once - Margaret was attacked.

"He snatched me out of the house and threw me down on the porch he said, 'Give me all the money you got,  I'm gonna kill you.'"

 "He threw me through a glass top table."

"He start beating me, stomping me, my head and my back."

The man went to prison...  and Terry, 72, just became more depressed - she even tried to take her own life.

"When I pulled the trigger," she said. "It wouldn't fire."

Desperate for money, Terry and Glover decided to try to sell their piano - the one Stevie Wonder learned to play on.

That's when they met author, Mitch Albom - who knows Terry's doctor - who had contacted him about the piano.

 "Before I ever saw the piano I saw the conditions that they were living in," Albom said. "Something inside me said something has to be done about this."

Albom had a story, that now has a happy ending - a new home for Terry and Glover.

"Oh my," Terry said.

After turning on the bathroom water, Terry quipped that Glover was  "ready to jump in the tub."


"This really feels good," Glover said laughing, on a brand new bed.

Albom's charity the "Say Detroit Seniors Program, The Detroit Rescue Mission and Humble Design have been hard at work making this happen.

Terry and Glover will pay utilities and taxes and have a safe, beautiful home...

 "I love everything about it - it's gorgeous," Terry said.

Terry. so overcome with emotion that it was hard to talk.

Knowing where they came from - knowing she now has running water and heat - it is easy to understand why.

Glover says  he's really feeling inspired and can't wait to get to work.

"Now I'm ready to start working," he said. "I love every part of it."

A journey that starts and ends with two talented siblings.

"You don't have to be a star baby ... to be in my show," Glover sings.

A piano and a song.

"Tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow."

That tomorrow - is today.


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