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RSG! The Sound Of Motown 1965

By mike, 24/07/16
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RSG! The Sound Of Motown 1965

note the actual video doesnt follow the below

seems to have been stitched together in a 'odd' way for whatever reason

The Supremes - Baby Love
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - You Really Got A Hold On Me
Stevie Wonder - I Call It Pretty Music
The Temptations - The Way You Do The Things You Do
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Heatwave
Dusty Springfield - You Lost The Sweetest Boy
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Ooo Baby Baby
Martha Reeves, Dusty Springfield & The Vandellas - Wishin' and Hopin'
The Temptations - It's Growing
The Supremes - Shake 
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Nowhere To Run
Stevie Wonder - Kiss Me Baby

Ready Steady Go ! remembers Marvin Gaye:
Marvin Gaye - How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You
Marvin Gaye - Can I Get A Witness

Dusty Springfield - I Can't Hear You
The Supremes - Stop In The Name Of Love
The Temptations - My Girl
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Dancing In The Street
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Shop Around
The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go?
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles & Everyone Joins In - Mickey's Monkey

Backing Group: The Earl Van Dyke Sextet
 
This vintage TV special hosted by Dusty Springfield has been recorded at the Rediffusion TV studios in London on 18 March 1965. It is a compilation of Motown's greatest names , including the Miracles, the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder and the Vandellas

This special was mainly Dusty Springfield’s idea, to promote the Motown music and artists to a wider audience in Britain. Dusty was an occasional presenter of the weekly TV pop show Ready Steady Go (which had the tag line… The Weekend Starts Here). She was a big fan of Motown music and suggested the idea for this special to Vicki Wickham, recording artists manager and RSG’s producer at Rediffusion.

This followed the Motown artists first tour of Britain in March 1965, which had suffered poor ticket sales and played to half empty theatres. The timing of the tour proved to be too early. The Motown artists were not well known in Britain (apart from the ‘in’ crowd) due to limited exposure on UK radio at the time. But the bosses at Rediffusion TV had to be persuaded to allow this special to be made. It’s thought that it was Dusty Springfield’s inclusion in the show which sealed it – but still a brave decision for the time. The TV special was very successful and is historically important as it did a lot to popularize Motown with a mass audience in the UK.


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Dusty genuinely seemed to be having the time of her life. A kid in a sweet shop in her favourite pick n' mix. A great early showcase of Motown music that become the staple diet for mods and hipsters of the day and eventually the soul fans of the UK. 

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