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  1. Rob Moss delivers his view on the recently broadcast BBC4 TV programme Motor Citys Burning - Detroit from Motown to the Stooges I love Detroit — ‘Motor City’s Burning’ The title sounded fantastic. ‘Motor City’s Burning’ — ‘A documentary looking at how, during the 1960s, the blue collar Midwestern city of Detroit became home to a musical revolution that captured the sound of a nation in upheaval’ and ‘Detroit from Motown to the Stooges’ to quote the BBC’s own promotional blurb. Surely this would be a detailed examination of the circumstances that created one of the most influential musical styles in popular music — ‘The Motown Sound’? The title implied that some scrutiny of the causes and effects of the 1967 Detroit riots would feature in the programme too. And wouldn’t the BBC, an institutional universally respected and admired, with a substantial budget provided by the British taxpayer, be able to gain access to unique footage, interviews and other journalistic extras that would create a truly ground breaking, and long overdue, assessment of an essential era in a unique age? Adherents to the genre could almost predict the content. A brief history of Detroit, tracing its initial role as a fur trading settlement in the 18th century to the arrival of Henry Ford at the beginning of the 20th century and the creation of the automobile industry, the important role the city played in the escape of slaves from the South during the 19th century, the strained race relations that dogged life in the city throughout most of the 20th century as huge numbers of black families migrated north, and the affluence of the post war period, culminating in the 1960s, that spawned a generation of superbly talented and creative people in and around Detroit. This would be followed by an assessment of the social and cultural landscape around the city in the 1950s, and how this impacted on Berry Gordy Jnr. A brief description of Gordy’s family background, writing career and musical grounding would provide an insight into how he set up his business operation, and, perhaps more importantly, who was involved in the earliest recording sessions and organizational structures he put in place... note from the soul source team - sorry but all Robs non-current articles are now clipped due to a future book release - watch out for news of that! BBC Blurb Documentary looking at how Detroit became home to a musical revolution that captured the sound of a nation in upheaval. In the early 60s, Motown transcended Detroit's inner city to take black music to a white audience, whilst in the late 60s suburban kids like the MC5 and the Stooges descended into the black inner city to create revolutionary rock expressing the rage of young white America. With contributions from Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, George Clinton, Martha Reeves, John Sinclair and the MC5. Fri 7 Mar 2008 22:00hrs https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b009372j
  2. Back in 1966 (the 20th of May to be exact) the latest edition of the Detroit Free Press Newspaper had on offer a lengthy feature on Detroit's Golden World Records, concerning itself with such topcis as the studio, the recording process and artists such as JJ Barnes and Edwin Starr Thanks to the ever-expanding online newspaper archives (this one being newspapers.com ) you can read this feature almost as easy as on the day it was first published... Found on Newspapers.com Found on Newspapers.com Click the above clips to read the text Find it an interesting resource and could be a useful addition to the resources already on offer such as Billboard etc, though finding the time needed to search in depth may be harder than the actual travelling back! Found on Newspapers.com Clipped from Detroit Free Press, 20 May 1966, Fri, Page 32 A Record Is Made with Sweat and Soul BY LORAINE ALTERMAN Emotion filled the control room at Golden World Records out on West Davison. Driving, big beat sounds were coming through the four speakers hanging on the wall above the big glass panel. On the other side of the glass, Edwin Starr was singing full of soul. Along with the studio musicians was his own group of five, scattered around the big soundproof room trumpet trumpet player, bass, sax, drums and guitar. In the control room, Bob D' Orleans (chief recording engineer) pushed his fist into the air in time with the beat. Al Kent and Richard Morris (co-producers (co-producers (co-producers for the session) jumped around, danced, shook their heads in time. Suddenly Bob jumped up from the control board. Something was wrong with the drums. The drummer was inside a baffle a padded wood partition to keep the sound in one place so it isn't picked up on other mikes but the drums were not right. "Got a billfold?" Bob asked. "Tape it it to the drum." Edwin and the others started again and this time the drum sound was softer. Now they made it. After two hours of rehearsing like this Edwin Starr was ready to start taping. A record was in the process of being made. But it was 10 hours later and five songs more before they were finished. And the record still was days away. You probably think it's a pretty simple thing to make a record. Like an artist just has to walk into the studio, open his mouth in song, and pow! it's down on tape. But, that's not the way it is. A lot of hard work by a lot of people you don't hear too much about goes into getting that sound onto records. And, for the record company company a lot of anguish goes Into wondering whether that record Is going to be a hit because hits are the things that pay the rent. For a company like Detroit's Golden World, 50,000 records sold starts bringing in the profits. This firm is about two years old, but they've only had their own studio for a little over a year. Before that, president and founder of Golden World, Joanne Bratton, used to take her artists to Chicago or New York to record. In January, 1964 the company company had its first big hit, "Romeo and Juliet" by the Reflections. It made the top 10 nationally and Joanne decided decided it was time to get a studio together. THE VOICE of Edwin Starr fills the studio at Detroit's Detroit's Golden World as he gets his sounds on tape with J. J. Barnes swinging on piano and Tyrone Hite on drums. Edwin, aiming for songs with universal appeal, says, " 'Stop Her On Sight' appealed to teens and adults. Fellows are looking for girls and girls for fellows." Edwin Writes His Songs "I dont the opening thing. It doesn't mean anything. It's nothing that would catch my ear," says Bob D'Orleans, left, to Edwin as they stand in the control room next to the tape machine. BOB D'ORLEANS works at the control board adjusting the level of sounds coming through amplifiers from the studio. "I cut no sessions without Bob. He's my hitmaker," says Edwin.
  3. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Back in 1966, 20th May to be exact, the Detroit Free Press Newspaper had in its latest edition a lengthy feature on Detroit's Golden World Records, follow the link to view... View full article
  4. An interesting motown feature based on the recollections of one of the group can be had via The Blade website (link below) Motown moment: Toledo's Prentiss Anderson recalls local hit that came out of historic label He was there in the label’s early days. Anderson, 80, is today a reverend at New Bethel Church of God in Christ in Toledo, where he serves under Bishop Rance Allen. (Allen himself brings a noteworthy musical pedigree to the congregation: The gospel vocalist heads the Grammy Award-winning Rance Allen Group.) But in the early 1960s, Anderson was one-third of Lee and the Leopards, one of the early groups to sign with Berry Gordy at Motown Records.... Full article here https://www.toledoblade.com/a-e/music-theater-dance/2020/03/08/motown-moment-toledo-s-prentiss-anderson-recalls-the-local-hit-that-came-out-of-the-motor-city/stories/20200308002 Both sides can be listened to below, here the 'Trying to make it' side has always been the preferred one....
  5. News/Article/Feature Highlight: An interesting motown feature based on the recollections of one of the group can be had via The Blade website Motown moment: Toledo's Prentiss Anderson recalls local hit that came out of historic label View full article
  6. Dates were recently announced of upcoming The Four Tops and The Temptations eight date Uk 2020 tour... Original group members, Duke Fakir and Otis Williams, of the Four Tops and Temptations respectively, are said to be delighted to be returning to the UK for the 2020 8-date concert tour in October and November. 'We are thrilled to be coming back to the UK, says Duke Fakir. We always have such a great reception from our fans here, it always feels like home. It makes it so special to perform for the folks in Britain.' 'We want to thank our British fans for supporting and inspiring us over a half century. I've had such memorable trips to Britain dating as far back as the early 70's, including meeting the Archbishop of Canterbury to recording our Live at London's Talk of the Town album. As we mark our 60th Anniversary in 2020, the Temptations want to pay special tribute to fans in the UK and worldwide. We invite everyone to join us in celebrating this special milestone during next year's tour" says Otis Williams The Four Tops and The Temptations 2020 tour dates go like this... Thursday 29 October Cardiff Motorpoint Arena Friday 30 October Nottingham Motorpoint Arena Sunday 1 November Manchester Arena Monday 2 November Liverpool M&S Bank Arena Tuesday 3 November Leeds First Direct Arena Wednesday 4 November Birmingham Arena Saturday 7 November Bournemouth International Centre Sunday 8 November London O2 Arena Tickets available from: www.ticketline.co.uk, 24-hour ticket line 0844 888 9991, or from the venues direct.
  7. News/Article/Feature Highlight: The Story of Motown Songwriting Team Holland Dozier Holland. Available in Hardback 10th October 2019 View full article
  8. The Story of Motown Songwriting Team Holland Dozier Holland. Available in Hardback 10th October 2019 Brian Holland, Edward Holland, and Lamont Dozier, known as Holland-Dozier-Holland or H-D-H, were the greatest songwriting team in American pop music history. Seventy of the songs they wrote reached the Billboard Top 40, with 15 of these reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. No other songwriting team or individual has come close to equaling, let alone surpassing, this record. They've been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. As tunesmiths for the legendary Motown Record Corporation, and for their own corporations, Invictus Records and Hot Wax Records, they wrote and produced hits for Diana Ross and the Supremes, including Baby Love, Stop! In the Name of Love, Where Did Our Love Go, You Keep Me Hangin' On, You Can't Hurry Love, I Hear a Symphony, Come See About Me, Back in My Arms Again and Reflections. Now the legendary composers are ready to reveal the inspirations and stories behind their chart-topping hits, providing millions of fans with the first complete history of their songwriting process, and detail the real-life experiences that led them to write each of their most famous tunes. They will also reveal their creative and intimate relationships with Motown's biggest stars. added by site Product details Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Omnibus Press (10 Oct. 2019) Language: English DAVE THOMPSON is the author of over 150 books, including co-written memoirs with New York Doll Sylvain Sylvain, Motown legends Brian and Eddie Holland (forthcoming), Hawkwind s Nik Turner, the Yardbirds Jim McCarty, Fairport Convention s Judy Dyble and more. A columnist for Goldmine magazine, his work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Mojo, Record Collector and many other major publications. He has contributed to music documentaries produced by VH-1, A&E, the BBC and others. Born in the UK, Thompson is now a resident of Delaware, USA.
  9. The Recent Sale of Berry Gordy’s Former Detroit Mansion on the 20 October 2017 It is well known amongst Motown & Soul fans that the Motown Records company moved all of its operations to Los Angeles (LA) in June 1972, with a number of artists, among them Martha Reeves, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and Motown's Funk Brothers studio band, either staying behind in Detroit or leaving the company for other reasons. James Jamerson did move out to LA but later moved back to Detroit. Berry had originally purchased the Detroit Mansion in 1967 but even though moving out to LA in 1972 he continued to own it until 2002, when he then sold it to the attorney Cynthia Reaves. In 2016 the attorney decided to sell the mansion and to clear the items left behind by Berry Gordy (when he finally left Detroit) via a public auction There is a lot of Motown history associated with the mansion, summer garden parties, compiling & writing songs sometimes well into the early hours and many other events. So is a crucial part of Motown’s history. The sale was on Friday 20th Oct 2017, which beforehand made news across most of Detroit via the local media and television networks. News highlights focused on the historical significance of the mansion and primarily BG’s 1927 Steinway Piano, frequently played by Smokey Robinson and many other Motown artists. With the auction as well the piano then giving many others the opportunity to secure smaller items to then own a part of the Motown Phenomenon, it created a lot of interest, albeit in Michigan State. As well as the piano being the “Star” lot the catalogue listed gowns & costumes worn by the “Vandellas” “Contours” “Laura Lee” “Freda Payne” and others, plus many other Motown artefact’s and documents. However what really focused my attention was the 600 plus (unplayed) records, that were also discovered as being left behind by BG when he sold & left Detroit for good. I wanted to find out what these were and any treasures left behind. Amazingly the majority of the 45’s were not Motown Labels as I expected but “Anna” “Tri-Phi” “Harvey” including the Rare “Message” singles (subsidiary of Tri-Phi with only 3 Gospel based issues). This no doubt related to the BG purchase and take over of Harvey Fuqua & Gwen Gordy’s (the then wife of Harvey) record company’s. This must have been unsold stock that Berry then put into his basement. As I uncovered the “lots” I was amazed: Three Piles of Harvey’s “Any Way You Wanta” totalling around a 100 X 45’s all mint all unplayed! Estimate was $1000 and they sold for $1100. And then the other lots: ( Note The Tamla issue!!!) there then being around another 6 or 7 similar lots The Finale Now the most amazing thing of all, one of the rarest of the rare featuring in the top 20 of the rarest of the Motown issues, being Saundra Mallet & The Vandella’s “Camel Walk” on Tamla. La-Brenda Ben issued “Camel Walk” on Motown 1033 (very rare) & on the Gordy label Gordy 7009. One of the Final Lots of the Sale with an Estimate of $2500 was a Batch of 27 Mint Un-played copies of “Camel Walk” in their original sleeves. (2 others sold in the other batches of singles) What Dreams are Made of! & to then top it all off, sold to an internet bidder for $550. Irony is what used to be a £700 plus 45 now with 29 copies turning up it is now probably worth half of that. How many in the UK even knew anything about the Auction? It took me some time to track down the Auction results only hearing about this auction in Feb of this year. Motown Forever! Graham Jarvis Pictures Courtesy of Aaron Estate Sales Ltd
  10. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Berry had originally purchased the Detroit Mansion in 1967 but even though moving out to LA in 1972 he continued to own it until 2002, when he then sold it to the attorney Cynthia Reaves. In 2016 the attorney decided to sell the mansion and to clear... View full article
  11. Reported that 'Soul' a new play all about Marvin Gaye's life and death will be having its world premiere in Northampton during May 2016. The press night is scheduled for May 24 and the play running from May 20 to June 11, James Dacre, the Royal & Derngate theatre's artistic director said to the BBC "It's a dramatic thriller, not a musical," and "It will have the spirit and energy of Motown and will include music from the time." Williams' play will be set within the confines of the Los Angeles home that Gaye bought for his extended family. "Whilst the piece looks at three generations of a post-war African American family, everything roots back to the home and what happened in the course of 18 days underneath that roof," Dacre told the BBC. More info can be read via the BBC and Guardian articles via the links below, with the Guardian being the more lengthy ...Williams says: “I wanted to avoid doing a standard biopic and play about with form a little – push myself as a writer and push the play. The play begins with his death and it works backwards, and it’s his two sisters and the ghost of his mother telling the story. It’s really about how they all dealt with having such an icon in their lives, and them trying to find their own identities and their own selves within the world of Marvin...” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-34945808 http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/nov/30/roy-williams-play-marvin-gaye-soul-royal-derngate
  12. Busy times, heres a few scraps of news, thanks to David F and Neil The Motown Connection Cd complied by Jo Wallace is due out soon, Junior Walker - Good Rockin Marvelettes - Goddess of love Carolyn Crawford - Forget about me Earl Van Dyke - How Sweet it is Billy Eckstine - I wonder why nobody loves me Tammi Terrell - I cant believe you love me Martha Reeves - My baby loves me Smokey Robinson and Miracles - Can you love a poor boy Fantastic Four - Just the lonely Fantastic Four - Cant stop looking for my baby Monitors - Say you Temps - Hey Girl Jimmy Ruffin - Everybody needs love Gladys Knight&Pips - Hes my kind of fellow Four Tops - Im Grateful Edwin Starr - Dont tell me Im crazy Spinners - Shes gonna love me at sundown Edwin Starr - Running back and forth Martha Reeves - Love, guess who Edwin Starr - There you go Stevie Wonder - Light my fire Gladys Knight - Who is she Eddie Kendricks - Date with the rain Marvin Gaye - Come get to this Ripped from echoes The Motown Connection Vol 2 These Old Shoes co-promoter and DJ Jo Wallace has put together an excellent collection of less well-known Motown treasures which is due out soon on Universal. Almost every track is a must have addition to any serious Detroit fans collection, with many gracing the silver disc format for the first time. With everything from NS crowd pleasers to rare grooves this collection has something for everyone. Jo and fellow Shoes sideick Paul Thomas-Peter came into the soul 24-7 studios as guests of the Bee Cool show back in March, when the album was due for imminent release. despite a petulant mimi disc player that seemed to select tracks in a random fashion, we managed to give many of the cuts an airing and during the broadcast Jo and Paul did their best to fill the enforced gaps with informed background information. However, as these things tend to happen, the release date was pushed back and now looks like the CD will be in the shops in early August. But rest assured, its well worth the wait. Still a guaranteed floor filler, Junior Walkers Good Rockin dates back to 1963 when it first appeared on Harvey Fuquas eponymous label. A no-nonsense belter. Then theres Gladys Knight&The Pips Who Is She And What Is She To You which, although later covered by Creative source, is still damned funky. The 80s rare groove crowd are well catered for with Eddie Kendricks Date With The Rain from his 72 album People Hold On, and Stevie Wonders Light My Fire which first appeared on his My Cherie Amour LP. Jo has managed to pull together some not so obvious contenders such as Billy Eckstine,Earl Van Dyke, Tammi Terrell, Martha&The Vandellas,The Fantastic Four, and the Monitors AD truly one for the Tamla connoisseur. With any luck, a more detailed review will be in the next issue.
  13. News/Article/Feature Highlight: This week we turn our attention to the wonderful Temptations as our Artist of the Week. View full article
  14. News/Article/Feature Highlight: The last in the series available now<br />Press blurb below from Universal<br />5-CD set brings acclaimed series to an end... View full article
  15. A quick festive motown alert. Radio 2 has a two hour motown connected radio show lined up for your ears this Christmas day. Titled 'They Wrote The Songs: Motown's Writers with Ralph Johnson' its set to broadcast at 22:00hrs 25 December The programme hosted by Earth Wind and Fire's Ralph Johnson takes a look at the writers of Motown's golden era with an emphasis on Holland/Dozier/Holland, Ashford & Simpson and William Smokey Robinson. With Ralph Johnson giving us his personal selection of both the well loved and the rarely aired... BBC Radio 2 programme link via http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08599k4
  16. Recently seen this on Facebook and thought it worth sharing.................hope it's in appropriate section. Exciting News from MODUS The House Of Soul We are on schedule to publish our first book at the beginning of November 2016 'HITSVILLE The Birth Of Tamla Motown' featuring 192 pages written by Keith Rylatt and designed by Stuart Russell, detailing the origins of Tamla Motown in Britain and the work done by Dave Godin, Clive Stone and the Tamla Motown Appreciation Society to bring it's artists to these shores. The book contains many never before seen photos and memorabilia from the Clive Stone Collection. For more information visit our website at http://www.house-of-soul.co.uk/ .
  17. Hitsville: The Making Of Motown More firmer dates and details have been released by Showtime on their upcoming documentary film Hitsville: The Making Of Motown, with the first TV broadcast scheduled for 24 August 2019 Hitsville: The Making Of Motown is the Showtime documentary film that looks at Motown during the period beginning with the birth of Motown in Detroit in 1958 until its relocation to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. Directed by British directors brothers Benjamin and Gabe Turner this feature-length film is being billed as the definite article. The film includes previously unseen footage from the label archives and Berrys Gordy's personal collection. Universal Music Group involvement means that the films makers have had access to the label's vast catalog of songs by the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye and others. Release Dates USA Dates 23 August 2019 - Detroit premiere more info via Detroit Free Press 24 August 2019 - Showtime TV broadcast more info via Showtime UK Dates In UK and Irish Cinemas September 30 - For One Night - Further details to follow HITSVILLE: THE MAKING OF MOTOWN Rated TV14 • 113 minutes Documentary film that focuses on the period beginning with the birth of Motown in Detroit in 1958 until its relocation to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. The film tracks the unique system that Gordy assembled that enabled Motown to become the most successful record label of all time. The creation and initial success of Motown was achieved during a period of significant racial tensions in America and amid the burgeoning civil rights movement.
  18. According to Joe Billingslea of the Contours, "some inhospitable Southerners fired rifles at the Motor Town Special tour buses, many of the hotels on that famous 1962 Motown trek were dumps, the buses was hot and rickety, but overall it was a fabulous tour. In 1962, a Detroit photographer came along for the ride, and Curtis E. Woodson’s new book about the trip is being launched this week. “Memories of The 1962 Motown Revue — A Photographic Journal” captures scenes from Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr.s road show, that featured Marv Johnson, Mary Wells, the Marvelettes, the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, the Contours, the Supremes, Singin Sammy Ward and the Choker Campbell Orchestra. Woodson was the shows official photographer but for more than 40 years, the 100 odd photographs, shot during performances in Washington, D.C., Boston and Birmingham, Ala., have never been published or seen by the public. Photo: Diana Ross, left, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard of The Supremes and Rosalind Holmes of the Vandellas.
  19. In 1953 Berry Gordy started a record shop with partner Marv Johnson by 1955 It had gone bust. Its name was 3-D Record Mart. Also in 1953 he married Thelma Coleman who started Thelma and Ge-Ge Records by 1956 she filed for divorce. In 1957 he co-wrote “Reet Petite” with local musician Tyran Carlo, who went under a pseudonym known as Billy Davis. It launched Jackie Wilson solo career. The first record Berry Gordy produced in 1957 “Ooh Shucks” for The Five Stars issued on George Goldner,s Mark-X label. Two members of The Five Stars were Walter Gaines and C.P. Spencer who later were members of The Originals. The first two singles by The Miracles were on the End label “Got a Job” and the ultra rare “I Cry”. The label again was owned by George Goldner. Kudo a small mostly gospel label. Issue four more Gordy productions Marv Johnson “My Baby-O” Brain Holland only known recording “Shock” The third co-written with Janie Bradford “Cry Baby Heart” and sung by Nancy Peters. The final production on Kudo “This Heart of Mine” by The Falcons who release it again but in a more polished fashion. 1958 to 1961 The Anna label ran from, and In 1958 a release on this label by a group known as The Voice Masters “Hope and Pray”/”Oops Im Sorry” Three members of this group were lead singer Ty Hunter (writer at Motown) Walter Gaines C.P. Spencer (Originals) and a late addition to the line up was Lamont Dozier and making his first appearance on vinyl David Ruffin. Anna Records were distributed by the End Label. Also in1958 Berry Gordy co-wrote with his sister Gwen a single “Tunedrops” “Cant You See (Im in Love with You) Performed by Malcolm Dodd’s Check-Mate Records a Detroit label was a subsidiary of Chess Records of Chicago. Gordys next venture, (It’s True Believe Me) is a combination of a Boutique/Beauty Parlour/Candy Store. Known as the House of Beauty, were Berry Gordys second wife Raynoma gets her hair done. The owner is known as Carla Murphy, who wants to front money for a record label. The label goes by the name of H.O.B. Records. It’s first release is by Herman Griffin “I Need You” Backing vocals is by The Rayber Voices, named after Raynoma and Berry. It is also the first song to be published by Gordys publishing company Jobete. The venture ended after this one release, but H.O.B.Records continued as part of a group of labels owned by Mike Hanks (D-Town Wheelsville and MRC among others) The first vocal group signed for Tamla in 1959 were The Satintones as The Miracles hadn’t any releases on Tamla besides test pressing, so officially the honour fell to The Satintones. The Miracles first Tamla release (“The Feeling Is So Fine” 1960) is withdrawn to be replaced by a completely different song “Way Over There” and to complicate matters both songs have the same catalogue number Tamla 54028. Still not content Gordy calls this song back so strings can be added. In 1962 “Way Over There was released again, and to complicate matters even further the second release had a different catalogue No Tamla 54069 The second release did far better than the first reaching the lower end of the pop charts. Through national distribution The biggest lose of all must be The Miracles recording “The Feeling Is So Fine” It’s similar to “Way Over There” but more raw, faster, and jerkier with a flat baritone sax. Sadly there are only four known copies of this track. Less rare is The Miracles second release on Chess. “I Need a Change” because the single “Bad Girl was leased to Chess, the label demanded a follow up. So in 1960 this track was given to Chess Records it went nowhere in the charts. Even “Shop Around” (Tamla,s first R&B number 1) gets the once-over twice treatment. The first version is a little slower, and the Saxes are louder. In 1962 The Miracle label merges with Gordy Records. There were 12 releases on Miracle but only 9 have been found. The other 3 are Jimmy Ruffin,s first recording of The Valadier,s “Greeting” (This is Uncle Sam) The second is by a group known as The Equadors “Someone to Call My Own” Nothing is known about this group who disappeared into thin air. Thirdly Freddie Gorman (Originals) only known solo effort “The Day Will Come” 1962 was the year that the Gordy and Mel-O-Dy label became. Gordy Records would join Tamla and Motown to become the three primary labels.Mel-O-Dy was soon discontinued, but there are four note worthy recordings on the label. The Creations “This Is Our Night” a rip off of a similar song by The Shirelles. “Mind Over Matter” credited to The Pirates who are actually The Temptations under a pseudonym. The Vells whose members were later-day members of The Vandellas released “There He Is(at My Door) The fourth release in 1962 is “Dearest One” sung by Lamont Dozier. It is not only his first recording for Gordy, It is also the first Holland –Dozier and Holland collaboration There were a group signed to V.I.P known as The Mynah Birds whose line consisted of Goldie McJohn (Steppenwolf) Bruce Palmer (Buffalo Springfield) and Neil Young of (Crosby Stills and Nash) fame. Motown and Some Interesting Facts of Detroit Artists and Record Labels Skylines “Since I Feel For You” was the first release on V.I.P. Yet there two known copies stamped with the Motown Logo and It had a catalogue number M1046 The groups members were Sidney Barnes George Kerr and Andre Williams Little Freda Payne (“Band of Gold” fame) record an acetate for Motown titled. “Save Me a Star” It was on a Hitsville Acetate. Also Ten Queens “He’s Seventeen” again on a Hitsville Acetate. Unissued Singles- Charter 5 “Trouble Lover’s” / ”Show Me Some Sign”Mel-O-Dy Andre Williams “Rosa Lee” Miracle 4. Little Iva and Her Band “When I Need You” Miracle 2 (Little Iva was actually Raymonda Gordy. His second wife. Majestics “Say You” V.I.P (25028) unissued Merced Blue Notes “Do The Pig” – “Thumping” Soul 35 unissued The Five Scalder,s before they were known as The Falcons “If You Were Mine” Sugar Hill As Above on a label called Drumond a release titled “Girlfriend” There were two different coloured Drumond labels Blue and Maroon. Also the one I mentioned issued on Sugar Hill was also issued on Drumond cat No 300. After releasing there first single "Lady In Green"/Heart Made of Stone" The Magnetics changed there name to The Volumes Wired but true a record by Mike Power "I Love Paris" issued on Zelma which derived from the Thelma label. The first time Edwin Starr appeared on vinyl was with a group know as The Futuretones, "I Know" issued on Trees-2 Doni Burdick of "Barri Track" fame. Is a white Italian American. His real name is Don Doninquez Lorraine Chandler actually sang backing vocals on "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree" by Dawn These are all true facts taken from a Detriot discovery I have had for a number years. Given to me by an old friend who I meet in Detriot in 1975. Who still lives in the city and we still keep in touch. Regards, Robbie Dunn (Dunnie)
  20. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Hitsville: The Making Of Motown. More firmer details have been released by Showtime on their upcoming documentary film Hitsville: The Making Of Motown, with the first TV broadcast scheduled for 24 August 2019 View full article
  21. News/Article/Feature Highlight: In the week that a commemorative stamp was issued in America on what would have been his 80th birthday we would like to celebrate the music of Marvin Gaye. View full article
  22. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Heres some worthwhile info/background gear by Keith Hughes from Detroit City Limits by Graham Anthony View full article
  23. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Thanks to Dave M, a chance to read a great review of "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown" that was posted on Soul Talk View full article
  24. Just had word of this new mainstream motown book... Motown Encyclopedia by Graham Betts Three years in the planning and writing and already an international best seller*, the Motown Encyclopedia by Graham Betts is one of the most detailed books ever written about the iconic label, its artists, writers, producers and key personnel. Rather than follow the Motown story in chronological order, the book gives every artist who had a record released (and in some cases merely scheduled for release) their own biography, including those whose only Motown connection was a track on a soundtrack or compilation. To these are added the key executives who ran the label from its formation in 1959 through to its sale in 1988, the musicians who made the famed Motown sound and the writers and producers who came up with the goods on a regular basis. Every single and album that made the Top Ten (and, for British fans, those EPS that similarly made the Top Ten when there was a separate chart) in either the UK or US is given an entry, as well as the soundtracks that were issued on Motown. There are entries for every film instigated by Motown Productions and details of the various label imprints, both those within Motown as well as those outside the organisation that licensed repertoire from or to Motown. The 1,178 entries, therefore, feature: 684 Artists 13 Executives 16 Musicians 23 Producers 19 Writers 222 Singles 84 Albums 5 EPs 17 Soundtracks 9 Films 50 Labels 36 Other The book, which contains nearly half a million words, details virtually every aspect of Motown, the Sound of Young America that resonated around the world. Yesterday, Today, Forever. ABOUT THE AUTHOR — GRAHAM BETTS As a Press Officer for Pye Records and later CBS Records in London, Graham handled the publicity for several former Motown artists, including Gladys Knight & The Pips and Edwin Starr whilst with Pye (through their licences with Buddah and 20th Century Records respectively) and would work with Gladys Knight & The Pips (again!), Billy Griffin and Marvin Gaye whilst at CBS Records. As a journalist for Melody Maker, Blues & Soul, Record Buyer and several other outlets, he has interviewed many Motown greats, including Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, The Temptations, The Commodores, Hal Davis, High Inergy and Harvey Fuqua, among others. During the course of writing the Motown Encyclopedia, he has re-acquainted himself with many former Motown artists, checking facts and feats and getting the background stories to some of the greatest music ever produced. In short, nearly forty years of music industry experience has resulted in the definitive book about Motown. RELEASE INFORMATION: Publication Date: 2 June 2014 ISBN: 9781311441546 Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/446043 Apple URL: http://smarturl.it/MotownEncyclopedia ASIN: B00KQGSHNU Amazon URL: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Motown-Encyclopedia-Graham-Betts Publisher: AC Publishing *#1 in its genre on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca and Amazon.fr
  25. News/Article/Feature Highlight: The latest addition to the Soul Source Review feature takes a timely look at an 'Out Today' title... View full article

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