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  Classic Motown
The power of the unforgettable songs of Motown is displayed here as the combination of timeless melodies and lyrics are brought together and expressed in the powerful vocal tradition of the Temptations.
Reflections is a celebration of the magic of Motown music and the timelessness of one of Motown’s greatest accomplishments, The Temptations.
Hip-O Records, in conjunction with Motown Records, is proud to present Heaven Must Have Sent You: The Story of Holland/Dozier/Holland.
classic.motown.com   (529 words)

  Kids.Net.Au - Encyclopedia > Motown Records
Motown is a style of music that blends Rhythm and Blues and Pop.
It was popularized by Motown Records of Detroit, Michigan in the 1960s.
Many of these acts were backed by Motown Records' major studio band, The Funk Brothers which was credited for being instrumental in creating the essential sound of Motown.
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Motown is the largest label within the Motown Record family of labels.
Tamla was one of the four major Motown labels and the first to be incorporated by the Motown Record Corporation.
V.I.P. was a Motown subsidiary label in operation from 1964 to 1972.
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 Berry Gordy and Motown Records
Founder and owner of the Tamla-Motown family record labels, Berry Gordy, Jr., established Motown Records as one of the most important independent labels in the early '60s.
Assembling an industrious staff of songwriters, producers, and musicians, Motown Records built one of the most impressive rosters of artist in the history of pop music and became the largest and most successful independent record company in the United State by 1964.
In late 1957, Gordy had his first success with "Reet Petite," which was recorded by Detroit born Jackie Wilson, who had replaced Clyde McPhatter as lead singer of the Dominoes.
www.history-of-rock.com /motown_records.htm   (648 words)

 Berry Gordy, Jr
Overseeing the whole operation from its founding in 1959 to its sale in 1988 was Berry, who insured that Motown’s stable of singers, songwriters, producers and musicians took the concept of simple, catchy pop songs to a whole new level of sophistication and, thanks to the music’s roots in gospel and blues, visceral intensity.
At Motown, notions of “"formula"” were transformed into works of art in the hands of singers like Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, Smokey Robinson, Levi Stubbs (of the Four Tops), David Ruffin and Eddie Kendrick (of the Temptations), Diana Ross, Martha Reeves and Stevie Wonder.
Gordy touted Motown as “"the Sound of Young America."” It’s roots may have been in gospel and blues, but its image was one of upward mobility and good, clean fun.
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 African American Registry: Motown Records founded
In 1962 Motown absorbed several other small Detroit recording companies, and by 1964 it had acquired the talents of male vocal groups such as the Temptations and the Four Tops; female vocal groups such as the Supremes and the Vandellas; and such solo vocalists as Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, Junior Walker, and Stevie Wonder.
These were recorded to the accompaniment of a studio band of local jazz musicians featuring Benny Benjamin on drums, James Jamerson on bass guitar, Joe Hunter or Earl Van Dyke on piano, and Dave Hamilton on vibraphone or guitar.
Motown's hit-making pace slowed somewhat with the departure of Holland-Dozier-Holland in 1967, but by 1969 it was back on track with the popular Jackson Five group.
www.aaregistry.com /african_american_history/481/Motown_Records_founded   (417 words)

 The MOTOWN: mythic funky labels
Motown today is the silky harmonies, vibrant leads and Philly bred Americana of Boyz II Men, a quartet that honors the label's past by representing qualily for turn-of-the-century listeners.
Motown today is a shining example of the kind of African-American entrepreneur that racism tries to stifle yet it continues on in the careers of L.A. Reid and Babyface Edmonds, Spike Lee, Robert Johnson.
Motown today has as strength, a name that, along wilh Disney, Ford and Apple, speaks to a rags to riches, visionary impulse that is the soul of the American dream.
members.tripod.com /funkymusic/motown/motown.html   (1835 words)

 Universal Motown revamps labels - Boston.com
Universal Motown Records Group is being reorganized as two discrete, nongenre-specific labels, Universal Motown Records and Universal Republic Records, with Sylvia Rhone and Monte Lipman serving as their respective presidents.
Lipman was president of Universal Records, while Rhone was president of Motown Records and executive VP of Universal Records.
While Universal Motown and Universal Republic will share certain back-office finance and legal functions, the labels will otherwise be stand-alone operations and are expected to expand their staffs in the immediate future.
www.boston.com /ae/music/articles/2006/02/24/universal_motown_revamps_labels   (288 words)

 African Americans - The Motown Sound, Music of Soul and Rythym and Blues. Berry Gordy, Jr., started Motown Records in ...
Competing for teen attention primarily against records by the Beatles, who were at the height of their popularity, Motown radically altered the public's perception of fl music, which for years had been kept out of the mainstream.
Motown Records was Stevie's home for most of his recording career and offers an insiders' look at both his singles and album discography, with plenty of sound clips to rock your PC.
The Motown recording group had its biggest success in the mid-'70s with Lionel Richie at the helm, but began to fade when he embarked on a solo career.
www.africanamericans.com /MotownSound.htm   (1773 words)

 The Good and Bad of Motown Records Group of the 1960’s - The Sixties Remembered – Sixties Music
Motown was a very popular music recording company that helped many young fl music artists start their music careers.
Motown was very beneficial to the world of Rock and Roll music.
He wanted his music recording company to be successful, and to prove that a fl man could run a successful business, and prove to mainstream society that fl artists knew how to act appropriately and professional.
www.loti.com /sixties_music/Good_and_Bad_of_Motown_Records.htm   (633 words)

 1960 (Part II: Motown)
Motown Records was the first major label that was owned and run by a fl person, and recorded mainly only fl artists.
Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, was born in 1929 in Detroit, and soon became interested in song writing.
Smokey Robinson was to have a profound effect on Berry Gordy and Motown Records.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/history_of_rock/20339   (513 words)

 Motown Records   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The company was located in a converted photographer’s studio with a large recording studio in the basement; this became known as Hitsville, USA.
Motown artists knew that their success t made them ambassadors for other African-American artists seeking broad market acceptance.
Motown is still an active record label today with recent artists including Boys II Men, India Aire and Brian McKnight, however, the success of Motown is legendary in its many history-making accomplishments.
www.albanyinstitute.org /exhibits/supremes.motown.htm   (406 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)

 Tamla Motown Records
In 1966 he recorded "Function At The Junction" which became a chart hit.
He went on to record four singles and two albums and remains a very under rated talent who died in a boating accident in June 1969.
records were issued on a variety of labels, as we shall see in the continuing story in
www.georgwa.demon.co.uk /tamla_motown_records.htm   (338 words)

 Motown Books from The Bomp Bookshelf   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In this story, Motown Records had a distinct role to play in the city's fl community as that community articulated and promoted its own social, cultural, and political agendas.
This is an unauthorized biography of the Motown Record Corp. George managed to circumvent Gordy's media chokehold and, thereby, come up with a picture quite different from the common myths.
Motown musicians such as Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye had enormous respect for the elder Gordy, and the two (with Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson) recorded the song 'Pops We Love You' in his honor.
www.bomp.com /BompbooksMotown.html   (2249 words)

 A A World . Reference Room . Articles . Motown | PBS
Recording company founded by Berry Gordy, Jr., in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., in January 1959 that became one of the most successful fl-owned businesses and one of the most influential independent record companies in American history.
Such fame did some of Motown's writers achieve and such problems did their fame cause for Gordy that, when the Jackson 5 were signed by the company in 1969, the team that wrote the group's early hits was credited simply as the Corporation.
Motown records were specifically mixed to sound good on car radios and were characterized by a thumping backbeat that made dancing easy for everyone.
www.pbs.org /wnet/aaworld/reference/articles/motown.html   (1603 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   (0 words)

 eBay Store - Collectible Rock and Soul Records: Soul Motown Disco 45's, Northern Soul 45's, Funk Funky Soul 45's   (Site not responding. Last check: )
This store specializes in 45 RPM records of all types, and nearly all records are from unplayed, old stock acquired from distributors, record label owners, defunct stores, and other reputable dealers.
A "mint" record should be unused and perfect in every way, and, that being the case, a "near mint" record should be very close to that.
Approximately 95% of the records here will qualify as "near mint", and those graded lower will be in nice, clean condition.
stores.ebay.com /Collectible-Rock-and-Soul-Records   (476 words)

 The Motown Story - Motown Records at Randy's Rodeo
Motown Records became the most successful fl-owned company in the world, placing hundreds of singles on the pop charts, and becoming the most famous independent record label in the history of the music business.
The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound (1989) and The Motown Album: The Sound of Young America (1990), a lavish pictorial with history by Ben Fong-Torres and discography by Dave Marsh.
Motown kept scoring hits through the 70's and 80's, though nearly all traces of the classic Motown sound had been erased by disco and funk.
www.randysrodeo.com /features/motown   (3845 words)

 Motown Records   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Motown was the first African-American owned record company to consistently package and release quality music to fl and white youths.
Gordy's secret to Motown's success was his "Motown Music Machine," a process in which he groomed and cultivated groups for show business and mainstream America.
Most of Motown's vocal groups were made up of kids off the streets of Detroit.
library.thinkquest.org /18249/timeline/motown.shtml   (326 words)

 Four Tops - Classic Motown
Further unsuccessful recordings appeared on Red Top, Columbia and Riverside between 1958 and 1962, before the Four Tops were signed to the Motown jazz subsidiary Workshop, in 1963.
Motown boss Berry Gordy elected not to release their initial album, Breaking Through, in 1964, and suggested that they record with the label's Holland/Dozier/Holland writing and production team.
This represented the pinnacle of the traditional Motown style, bringing an almost symphonic arrangement to an RandB love song; producer Phil Spector described the record as 'fl [ Bob ] Dylan'.
classic.motown.com /artist.aspx?ob=art&src=rslt&aid=16   (358 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)

 Amazon.com: Motown: The Classic Years: Music: Various Artists   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Two of The TempTations greatest ever recording are included here with the rip-roaring Ball Of Confusion which also saw them experimenting in new sounds and styles, exploring social and political issues whilst their are undertones of hot, pulsating funk on the classic Papa Was A Rollin' Stone.
Following Motowns headquarters move from Detroit to L.A. in the early seventies, the golden and distinct Motown sound ceased to exist as encapsulated on this album.
Motown stands as a landmark in the history of fl music and also plays an important part in the history of Pop music in the twentieth century.
www.amazon.com /Motown-Classic-Years-Various-Artists/dp/B00004WJHT   (2333 words)

 Buy Music CDs: Motown Records, Motown Music, Motown CDs: NJ store
We stock hundreds of Motown records including: Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder and many more Motown albums.
We also carry many Cheap DVDs under $5 each and 20,000 Cheap Records priced under $2, including hundreds of Motown Records.
For more general information about how to sell Motown CDs and other genres and formats to Princeton Record Exchange, please visit our Sell Motown Records, and other CDs, Records and DVDs page.
www.prex.com /buy/Motown-Music.html   (564 words)

 Motown CDs, LPs, DVDs and more music. Buy & sell at our NJ store
Founded in 1980, Princeton Record Exchange is a large independent movie and music store located in historic, downtown Princeton, New Jersey, about one hour from New York City and Philadelphia, easily accessible by car, train and bus.
There are thousands of Motown CDs that we are happy to pay $3.00 to $4.00 for, but we may offer you less than $1.00 for some poor-sellers.
It is generally best to bring them to our Princeton, NJ store, but we do recommend that you speak with one of our appraisers first, or see LP genres of interest to us and LPs we have little interest in to make sure we don't waste your time.
www.princetonrecordexchange.com /cds/motown.html   (0 words)

 Celebrating Motown Records's 45th Anniversary
And the iconic map of Detroit he had printed in the center of almost every Motown 45 became more than a lesson in geography.
Calling out around the world, the music and artists associated with that label and that enterprise empowered a generation, and has influenced the sound of popular music ever since.
One recent example: Michael McDonald’s admiring album of interpretations, Motown, is a platinum record in the U.S. and earned a pair of Grammy nominations.
www.ejams.com /motown.htm   (226 words)

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