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 Motown Records - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Motown played an important role in the racial integration of popular music as the first record label owned by an African-American and primarily featuring African-American artists to regularly achieve crossover success and have a widespread, lasting effect on the music industry.
Motown artists were advised 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.
Among the studio musicians responsible for the "Motown Sound" were Johnny Griffith and Joe Hunter on piano, Joe Messina, Robert White, and Eddie Willis on guitar, Eddie "Bongo" Brown and Jack Ashford on percussion, Uriel Jones and Richard "Pistol" Allen on drums, drummer Benny Benjamin, keyboardist Earl Van Dyke, and bassist James Jamerson.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Motown   (2697 words)

 Motown - Nostalgia Central   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Motown, with its sister label Tamla, was based at 2648 West Grand Boulevard in Detroit.
This was all accomplished by Motown's in-house band, Earl Van Dyke and The Funk Brothers.
Add to this the talents of some exceptional Motown singers and musicians, most of whom were recruited straight from the Detroit ghettoes: Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and The Four Tops.
www.nostalgiacentral.com /music/motown.htm   (408 words)

 The Motown Contribution
In the first case Motown developed a clean-cut image as their groups invariably appeared on record sleeves and in live concerts wearing formal clothing.
Motown must have been painfully aware of this white prejudice and for this reason chose to restrict sex as subject matter for their music.
There is no doubting that throughout the sixties Motown was producing a form of sanitised soul, soul that was not likely to offend white middle class ears.
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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)

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.
www.seabear.se /detroit1.htm   (293 words)

 BBC - h2g2 - (1)The History Of Motown (2)The Stars of Motown
Tamla Motown's top songwriting team Holland/Dozier/Holland wrote over 40 hits (25 top ten hits, 14 of those being number ones) from 1961 onwards for artists such as The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Jr Walker and the All Stars and Martha Reeves.
The dilapidated ten-storey building which was the home of Motown Records from 1968 until 1972 was bulldozed in January 2006, with the area to be resurrected as a parking lot for the facility called 'Ford Field' which housed the Super Bowl XL in Detroit.
Motown had released Charlene from her 1973 contract in 1980, but quickly sought her out in the UK, where she had moved to, to re-sign her to the label.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/h2g2/A717275   (3770 words)

 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)

 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 Motown Story
Motown had five major labels active: Motown, Tamla, Gordy, Soul, and V.I.P. In a move that would have tremendous significance for the future of Motown, Berry Gordy purchased a home in Los Angeles, California in 1967.
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)

 Motown tribute bands, Motown tribute act, Tamla Motown tribute, Motown tributes, bands, shows, uk
This soul and Tamla Motown tribute band has both the versatility and experience to successfully captivate every audience with their superb vocal and excellently choreographed dance routines.
The Harmonettes are now a well respected and busy Motown tribute band, working at weddings and corporate events priding themselves on a classy, well presented show.
The Motown sound has a very wide appeal across many different age groups and everyone has a favourite Motown song.
www.yorkshireentertainment.co.uk /artists/tamlamotowntributesbands.htm   (400 words)

Among the Motown acts set to perform at the event are the Four Tops, the Miracles, the Contours, the Dramatics, the Former Ladies of the Supremes, Freda Payne, Brenda Holloway, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, the Velvelettes and Paul Hill.
Motown came together to say a farewell to Four Tops' singer Renaldo "Obie" Benson, at a service held at the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, a few miles the former Motown studios at 2648 W. Grand Blvd. in Detroit.
Many Motown persona fly in to pay tribute to this great singer, James Jamerson Jr, Otis Williams of the Temptations; Smokey and Claudette Robinson; singer/songwriter/producer Harvey Fuqua (Motown Records); Janie Bradford, (the Motown secretary); Mr.
www.funandmusic.biz /music-motown-modern.htm   (1655 words)

In the same year a producer of Motown called Robert Bateman auditioned a singer called Mary Wells who was immediately signed up, she released a song called "Bye Bye Baby" in December of the same year which in turn made her the first big star for them.
Gladys Knight Joined Motown in 1966 from Atlanta, Georgia and with producer Norman Whitfield they released "I heard it through the grapevine" this song was earlier recorded by Marvin Gaye but was not released because Berry Gordy did not like it, it went to number two in the charts.
Also that year Motown packed it's bags and left Detroit for Los Angeles due to being involved with the film and television side of things more than the music, because of that it was probably a good move but many believe that the heart and soul of Motown left with it.
thesoulsurvivor.addr.com /tamla_motown_page.htm   (2081 words)

 The Mersey Motown Sound - Mersey Beat
In Britain in 1962, Tamla Motown was distributed by a small record label, Oriole, and the largest market for the records by the Detroit groups was on Merseyside.
The Tamla Motown numbers were included in the repertoire of the Liverpool bands.
In 1963 the Motown distribution in Britain went to EMI's Stateside label and Motown artists soon began to have their first British hits, particularly since the Beatles had begun to mention the Motown artists in interviews.
triumphpc.com /mersey-beat/a-z/mersey-motown.shtml   (745 words)

 Motown Books from The Bomp Bookshelf   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
As Suzanne Smith traces the evolution of Motown from a small record company firmly rooted in Detroit's fl community to an international music industry giant, she gives us a clear look at cultural politics at the grassroots level.
But Barry Gordy's Motown -- the Motown of European-Americans like Suzanne Smith, and the Motown of all of Detoit's people of color, needs to be remembered often and with affection.
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)

 eBay - tamla motown, Records, Men's Clothing items on eBay.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Motown Soul LP The Miracles On Stage on Tamla 241
Tamla Motown TMG 523 - The Detroit Spinners
Tamla Motown TMG 529 - Jr Walker and the All Stars
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 Amazon.co.uk: Tamla Motown Gold: Music: Various Artists   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
I could add more Motown classics perhaps, but I would not delete a single track from what I consider to be a perfect CD.
British fans are often surprised when they first discover that Motown released their first single in 1959.
The remainder of the sixties is strongly represented, with plenty of tracks from Marvin Gaye (solo and duets), Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, the Four Tops, Junior Walker and the all-stars, the Isley brothers, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Gladys Knight and the pips.
www.amazon.co.uk /Tamla-Motown-Gold-Various-Artists/dp/B00005QX5I   (1179 words)

 MOTOWN, Key Dates, Musicians, Performers,
In 1959 Motown Records created its first recording studio, originally a basement/garage at West Grand Boulevard, down a few steps was the famous “Studio A.” (the snakepit).
So the first Tamla "the Motown Sound" tracks were all backed by the Joe Hunter Band.
If you wrote for Motown you were published by Jobete which grew to be one of the most powerful in the industry.
www.funandmusic.biz /music-motown.htm   (1698 words)

About Us carries information about the history of the Tamla Tigers and there are biographies and photographs either published or currently under preparation for each of the Band's members.
Tamla Motown We thought some of you might like some information about the origins of Tamla Motown.
The Visitors' Book - This is where we like to display your comments about The Tamla Tigers in particular and about Tamla Motown generally and in the Visitors' Book you can also read what others have had to say about The Tamla Tigers.
www.tamlatigers.co.uk   (413 words)

 Amazon.com: The Motown Collection: Music: Chris Clark   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The album was different from what Motown was hitting with at the time, and yet very much in the distinctive company style.
Motown fans will also enjoy "Do Right Baby, Do Right," another Gordy composition, and Clark's single debut on the VIP label; Equally good is "From Head to Toe," a smoldering rocker penned by Smokey Robinson that Clark tosses off with ease.
Its Motown origins are disguised in a somewhat misguided attempt to cross over to the hip Haight Ashbury audience, with Chris Clark disguised as "CC" (as if people knew who she was in the first place), and even issued on a newly devised underground-sounding label, Weed ("All Your Favourite Artists Are On.....Weed"!).
www.amazon.com /Motown-Collection-Chris-Clark/dp/B00076SJNC   (2444 words)

 motown from www.elmail.co.uk
Motown Records, Inc., also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label...
Motown WebringThe soul music and soul stars of the Motown Corporation.
Motown Historical Museum - Detroit"All over the world, all through the races, all through everything, Motown bridged a gap...and I'm so proud of that!" William "Smokey" Robinson,
www.elmail.co.uk /music/motown   (366 words)

 eBay.co.uk - tamla, motown, Records, CDs items at low prices   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
TAMLA MOTOWN - Valerie Simpson - The Collection AS NEW
Tamla Motown TMG 595 The Velvelettes Needle In.....
tamla motown classic 45s limited edition 7" singles
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 bigchill.net -marvin motown gaye tamla performance original special
In advance of April 4th's Tamla Tuesday event at the bar, we catch up with Tamla Tuesday's Daryl Easlea to find out more about this Marvin Gaye special...
I suppose it was buying Here, My Dear (his double divorce album that was not a huge commercial success on its release in 1978) when I was about 12 for 99p in a record shop bargain bin.
Tamla Tuesday Marvin Gaye Special is at The Big Chill Bar on Tuesday, 4th April, with Tamla Tuesday's DJs playing nothing but Marvin Gaye songs, and covers of Marvin Gaye songs, with the Marvin Gaye - The Real Thing In Performance 1964 - 1981 DVD providing visual entertainment.
www.bigchill.net /story/1597/tamlatuesdaymarvingayespecial.html   (683 words)

 Motown   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
It was a genre unto itself: a popwise version of R&B that incorporated elements of jazz, rock and roll, and kitsch.
We have covered all of the major Motown (including Tamla, Gordy and Soul) acts from this period, and many of the minor ones.
This includes acts which recorded with Motown after its heyday, and acts which never managed a substantial hit with the label.
www.warr.org /motown.html   (231 words)

 Diana Ross: Touch Me in the Morning
The origins of African-American soft rock music - that is, the music of Tamla Motown, Gamble and Huff and their legacy - is in the sanctified churches of American cities.
The church has been the arena in which virtually all of the Motown artists learned their craft.
Motown aimed for a kind of sophistication that would put a distance between it and R’n’B. It was city music, it had class, and its audience wanted to be part of a cultural movement that was suave and fashionable.
www.patrickdailly.f9.co.uk /TOUCHME.htm   (2127 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Tamla Motown Connoisseurs Vol.2: Music: Various Artists   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
"...Motown Connoisseurs" was a landmark compilation album - stacked out with quality items, rare album tracks and flip sides and some exciting unreleased material.
Then we had "Cellarful of Motown" and I thought "How tough is it gonna be to carry on to that standard".
I bless the day I was hooked and enraptured by the Motown sound and I now know why for the last 3 years I have turned my back on most new music in order to immerse myself in the output of the label that has no equal.
amazon.co.uk /Motown-Connoisseurs-Vol-2-Various-Artists/dp/B000083LQ5   (829 words)

 Motown Webring
There will be live interviews to hear as well lyrics to most of his songs displayed, both with the group as well as solo.
Northern Soul, Tamla Motown and Lambretta Scooters down under and around the world.
Motown and all forms of Soul Music over the past 40 years are covered on my site.
e.webring.com /hub?ring=motown   (1639 words)

 Motown Records, Inc. - Tamla-Motown   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Just set your city and the type of event you are interested in and the TicketGadget widget will update regularly for you so you won't miss another show.
Hollywood, CA Among Motown's early artists were Mabel John, Mary Wells, and Barrett Strong.
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.
www.rockandrollroadmap.com /motown.html   (203 words)

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