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  Motown - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Motown Records, Inc., also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label originally based out of Detroit, Michigan ("Motor City"), where it achieved widespread international success, and played an important role in the integration of popular music.
In the 1960s (from 1961 to 1971), Motown had 110 Top 10 hits and artists such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Jackson 5, and Gladys Knight and the Pips were all signed to Motown Records.
Motown artists were told that their breakthrough into the white popular music market made them ambassadors for other African-American artists seeking broad market acceptance, and that they should think, act, walk and talk like royalty, so as to alter the less-than-dignified image (commonly held by white Americans in that era) of fl musicians.
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 Motown Sound - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Motown Sound is a style of soul music with distinctive characteristics, including the use of tambourine along with drums, bass instrumentation, a distinctive melodical and chord structure, and a "call and response" singing style originating in gospel music.
Among the most important architects of The Motown Sound were the members of Motown's in-house team of songwriters and record producers, including Motown founder Berry Gordy, William "Smokey" Robinson, Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, and the team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Edward Holland, Jr.
On a side note, Great Britain was also the scene where the Motown sound (and that of numerous smaller record companies) was kept alive by the northern soul movement, so called due to the fact that it was centered in the northern parts of England.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Motown_Sound   (524 words)

 Motown - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Motown   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Its distinctive, upbeat sound (for example, the Four Tops and the Supremes) was a major element in 1960s pop music.
The Motown sound was created by in-house producers and songwriters such as Smokey Robinson and the team of Holland–Dozier–Holland;; performers included Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and the Temptations.
Its influence faded after the company's move to Los Angeles in 1971, but it still served as a breeding ground for such singers as Lionel Richie (1949– ) and Michael Jackson.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /Motown   (175 words)

 Motown - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Motown Record Company, L.P., also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label specializing in the musical genres of RandB, pop, soul music, and hip-hop music.
Motown was the first record label owned by an African-American to become a widespread international success, and played an important role in the integration of popular music.
Motown relocated from Detroit to Los Angeles in 1972 and attempted to branch out into the motion picture industry, turning out films such as Lady Sings the Blues, Mahogany, The Wiz, and The Last Dragon.
www.eufaula.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Motown   (1266 words)

 Marvin Gaye - Classic Motown   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
His status as Motown's bestselling male vocalist left him free to pursue more esoteric avenues on his albums, which in 1965 included a tribute to the late Nat "King" Cole and a misguided collection of Broadway standards.
When Wells left Motown in 1964, Gaye recorded with Kim Weston until 1967, when she was succeeded by Tammi Terrell.
With its tense, ominous rhythm arrangement, and Gaye's typically fluent and emotional vocal, the record represented a landmark in Motown's history - not least because it became the label's biggest-selling record to date.
classic.motown.com /artist.aspx?ob=per&srs=prd&aid=1   (783 words)

 MOTOWN   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The founder of Motown Records, Berry Gordy did what many people of his time believed could never be done: he brought Black music into millions of White Americans' homes, helping both Black artists and their culture gain acceptance, and opening the door for a multitude of sucessful Black record executives and producers.
Motown groups like the Four Tops, the Supremes and the Temptations are regarded as some of the best vocal groups ever to record.
By the mid-'80s, Motown was losing millions, and in 1988 Gordy did what he never thought he could: he sold Motown to MCA for $61 million.
campus.queens.edu /depts/english/motown.htm   (6102 words)

 Classic Motown   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Hip-O Records, in conjunction with Motown Records, is proud to present Heaven Must Have Sent You: The Story of Holland/Dozier/Holland.
The new disc, one of the premier Motown releases in recent years and ushering in an exciting new era for the record label, is a dedicated effort by the legendary artist to remind the world about the restorative power of love.
Motown Remixed, revisits many of the greatest tracks ever recorded foor Motown and presents them “regrooved” for a new generation.
classic.motown.com   (501 words)

 Hit Man  - Learn to love the tyrant who made Motown. By Alex Abramovich
Motown was not the first fl-owned label (Black Swan Records had been founded in 1921) or the first fl label to record rhythm and blues and soul music.
But if universality has been Motown's great strength, it has also proven to be Gordy's Achilles' heel: Soul—the music of Ray Charles and Sam Cooke—was received as a raw and spontaneous outpouring of emotion and carried a built-in stamp of authenticity.
But the possibility that Motown's musicians didn't revel in their flness because they sought to transcend race altogether, in ways that today's artists seems incapable of, or unwilling to, is seldom considered.
www.slate.com /id/2076709   (1639 words)

 Miracles and Marvelettes (Metro Times Detroit)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The two-darlings-and-a-diva were the quintessential Motown pop success, taking the mothership to undreamed-of levels of notoriety and profit.
The Motown story was amazing for a host of reasons, not least of which was the absolute wealth of talent that Gordy uncovered right here in the Motor City.
Edwin Starr’s “War” (1970) was a new kind of single for Motown, one that turned its attention from problems of the heart to issues of conscience.
www.metrotimes.com /editorial/story.asp?id=3210   (1029 words)

Motown Record Company, L.P., also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label specializing in the musical genres of R&B, pop, soul music, and hip-hop music.
In the 1960s (from 1961 to 1971), Motown had 110 Top 10 hits and artists such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Jackson 5, and Gladys Knight & the Pips were all signed to Motown Records.
The Miracles were renamed Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Supremes became Diana Ross & the Supremes, and Martha & the Vandellas became Martha Reeves & the Vandellas.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Motown   (1182 words)

 Motown Historical Museum - Detroit
The museum exhibits trace the roots of Motown’s remarkable story and chronicle its impact on 20th century popular culture and musical styles.
The story continues as Motown evolves into a major entertainment enterprise that was among the most diverse and influential in the world.
This museum exhibit is a telling representation of the growth of Motown from a small startup business begun in 1959 to what became by the mid-70s the largest independent record company in the world.
www.motownmuseum.com /mtmpages   (355 words)

 St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture: Motown
Motown is a record company, a musical style, and a corporate conglomerate with several subsidiary labels.
Motown established several labels to get around the fact that radio stations limited the amount of airplay given the same label.
While the Motown musical sound was evolving, artists were also groomed to exhibit a distinctive Motown "style." Gordy,; with the help of writer and producer Mickey Stevenson, set up an artist development program and recruited teachers to educate artists on showmanship and performance.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_g1epc/is_tov/ai_2419100830   (840 words)

 The Motown Story
The Motown story is the story of Berry Gordy, Jr., who was born in Detroit Michigan on November 28, 1929, he was the seventh of eight children of Berry, Sr.
The Jackson 5 were signed to Motown and 4 of their first six singles released between late 1969 and mid 1971 went to #1 on the pop charts, with the two that missed the #1 spot reaching #2.
Even though Motown sold millions more albums during the 1970s and 1980s then it had in the 1960s, Motown will always be remembered for the music it created during the 1960s that was heard on the tinny radios in automobiles as teenagers cruised the streets and highways.
www.bsnpubs.com /gordystory.html   (5224 words)

 Michigan Historical Marker: Motown   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Motown provided an opportunity for Detroit's inner-city youth to reach their full potential and become super stars.
By the end of its first decade, Motown was the largest independent manufacturer of single 45 rpm records in the world.
In 1980 the Motown Historical Museum was established at Hitsville U.S.A. to commemorate the Motown Sound and to memorialize Motown's distinctive heritage and its global impact.
www.michmarkers.com /pages/S0592.htm   (241 words)

 The Motown Story & Album Discography
Motown Records is indeed the story of a small company that became a dominant force in the music industry, eventually encompassing some two dozen different labels and thousands of record, tape, and compact disc issues.
Some material on Motown promotional releases and the MC label was obtained in personal correspondence with Reginald Bartlette of Winnipeg Canada, who is perhaps the world's foremost authority on the Motown label.
Most of the Motown material, except for some of the earliest recordings, were done using at least two- track recorders.
www.bsnpubs.com /motownstory.html   (614 words)

 The Golden Age of the Motown Sound
The Motown Revue at New York's Apollo Theater in October, 1962, showed the world that the new Motown sound was a major force to be reckoned with.
The stars were polished by Motown's "Motown U pros" who taught them how to dress, stand, wear makeup, and do the motions with style, poise and grace.
Motown moved from Detroit to California in the mid-1970s, but removed from its roots it was never the same again.
info.detnews.com /history/story/index.cfm?id=26&category=life   (2108 words)

 Motown Songwriters
Whitfield was originally brought into Motown as a songwriter, and among his early successes were "I Couldn't Cry If I Wanted To", written in collaboration with Eddie Holland and cut by the Temptations in late 1962.
The song became one of the most valuable copyrights owned by Motown, as it was covered by hundreds of artists, most notably Creedence Clearwater Revival, both on an edited single and as an epic-length jam on their perennially popular LP Cosmo's Factory.
In early 1967 both Stevenson and Weston left Motown to form their own label, People; in the spring, Weston signed to MGM, and her husband was offered a reported million dollar deal to assume control of the company's floundering Venture subsidiary.
tracy_prinze.tripod.com /atributetomotown/id18.html   (1629 words)

 Chicago Sun-Times: Motown memories
Motown was and always will be "The Sound of Young America." The pure polish and general innocence of the Motown sound has given it the power of reinvention, from "The Big Chill" soundtrack to the perennial Michael Jackson specials.
Motown founder Berry Gordy's dream was shaped by ideas he learned on the Lincoln-Mercury assembly line in Detroit.
Motown was the first recording company to use the eight-track soundboard to its full capacity.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_qn4155/is_20010930/ai_n13923779   (1487 words)

 Motown Articles
In the suit she claimed that on July 26, 1967, Motown vice-president Michael Roahkind, another defendant, offered her $2,500 a year for six years as compension for leaving the group.
The Supremes ran up a string of nine straight gold records in the late 1960s, winning fame for themselves and national prominence for Motown, with offices at 2457 Woodward, which is now one of the nation's largest recording companies.
But despite this, Motown and one of its sister companies, International Management Co., also headed by Gordy, kept $4 million which should have been passed to Miss Ballard in royalties, the suit claimed.
tracy_prinze.tripod.com /atributetomotown/id24.html   (530 words)

 Urban Dictionary: MoTown
Musical movement started by Motown Record Corporation that introduced artists such as The Funk Brothers, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Martha and The Vandellas, Rare Earth, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Temptations, and The Contours.
Motown is the basis for every genre of music today.
Please note that visiting Motown is only safe if you are a middle-class white drunk who regularly attends church.
www.urbandictionary.com /define.php?term=MoTown   (246 words)

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