1923 – Born on May 11, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois.
1948 – Abner began his music industry career in Chicago working on the production line of a record company for 85 cents an hour.
1950 – He joined Art Sheridan to start Chance Records, then moved to Vee Jay Records, the first black-owned, full-line record label, where he became general manager and later president.
1967 – After coming to Motown, initially as vice president of international management, Abner directed the careers of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, the Temptations, Smokey Robinson, the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder and the Jackson 5.
1973-1975 – He was Motown’s president for two years until he left the company.
1975-1985 – He was personal and business manager for Stevie Wonder.
1997 – Ewart Abner died on December 27, 1997, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.