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Subject: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: AmericanGirl on 06/26/15 at 9:06 pm

Motown was a major entity in the 60's.  Here, post anything you love about Motown the record company in the 60's - videos/songs, anecdotes, pictures, stories, you get the idea.  Rarities are welcome, too!  ;D  I'll start it off

It's hard to believe that this "just turned" 14-year-old would become one of the most iconic music artists in modern history:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO1L-cPxHfA

Here's one I song actually remember hearing on "American Bandstand" at the tender age of 7 (I recall very few real songs from then):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX2ktVn5b-c

8)



Subject: Re: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: Howard on 06/27/15 at 6:56 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvLYT3ELJcA
Temptations- Beauty Is Only Skin Deep

Subject: Re: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: AmericanGirl on 06/27/15 at 1:26 pm


Temptations- Beauty Is Only Skin Deep


One of my Temptations favorites!  :D

For reference, here are the "most prolific" Motown artists of the 60's:

Diana Ross & the Supremes                          Stevie Wonder
The Temptations                                        The Four Tops
Marvin Gaye (solo or with Tammi Terrell, Kim Weston)
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles                    Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
The Marvellettes                                        Mary Wells
Jr. Walker & the All Stars                            Gladys Knight & the Pips (part of 60s)
The Jackson Five (mostly 70s)                      Rare Earth (mostly 70s)

Other less prolific but notable Motown artists of the 60s

The Spinners (part of 60s)                          Edwin Starr
The Contours                                            Barrett Strong
Jimmy Ruffin                                              Brenda Holloway
Shorty Long                                              Isley Brothers (part of 60s)
The Originals

8)

Subject: Re: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: Howard on 06/27/15 at 5:36 pm

And don't forget when they had Teena Marie And Rick James during the late 70's-early 1980's signed to Motown.

Subject: Re: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: yelimsexa on 06/30/15 at 6:27 am

There's an entire forum devoted to not just Motown, but for all kinds of classic soul:

www.soulfuldetroit.com/forum.php/

Subject: Re: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: Howard on 06/30/15 at 1:05 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmneugiD7Ig

Subject: Re: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/02/15 at 8:19 pm

The poster of the video added some interesting commentary - there was a surprising bit of drama going on when this recording was released:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-BFUH2al84

Fun, perky song, minor hit - "As Long As I Know He's Mine"  :)

Subject: Re: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: Howard on 07/03/15 at 7:09 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9M434KF9nZc
David Ruffin- My Whole World Ended

Subject: Re: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: Paul on 07/03/15 at 10:31 am

Classics all, but there was some very odd stuff released during the very early years of its formation. Berry Gordy was so very desperate for his labels to be accepted into white, 'mainstream' culture (he eventually succeeded handsomely), that near-forgotten crooners like Tony Martin and Billy Eckstine were on the books at one point, as was Dorsey Burnette on the label's short-lived venture into C&W music! (Motown doing C&W, who'da thought?)

And Marvin Gaye's earliest efforts were very much in the Nat 'King' Cole vein...

As all this detritus fell by the wayside, the timeless stars began to emerge which gave it its legacy that is still loved today, even though most of the big 'front-line' names have since departed us...

Subject: Re: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: Howard on 07/03/15 at 2:23 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDi2XdFUy3I
Temptations- Papa Was A Rolling Stone

Subject: Re: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/03/15 at 3:17 pm

Howard - this one's just for you!  :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYHyTvD3sxg

(Don't worry - I like it too  ;) ...)

Subject: Re: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: Howard on 07/04/15 at 6:40 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh9MQex5SQM
Supremes- The Impossible Dream

Subject: Re: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: apollonia1986 on 07/06/15 at 1:56 am

I need a permanent spot here. These are my jams. Back when music was music and no one heard the word "auto-tune"!

Subject: Re: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: Paul on 07/06/15 at 4:28 am

One of those 'spur of the moment' things - this was originally intended for the Temptations, but BG, who wanted the song recorded ASAP, couldn't locate the group. Enter The Contours, who happened to be in the right place at the right time...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgUxc8tGKx0

If you're only destined to have one hit, make it memorable!

And of course, if you want every tiny little detail about these early releases, you can't do much better than by scooting over here...http://motownjunkies.co.uk/index/

Subject: Re: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: Howard on 07/06/15 at 2:49 pm


One of those 'spur of the moment' things - this was originally intended for the Temptations, but BG, who wanted the song recorded ASAP, couldn't locate the group. Enter The Contours, who happened to be in the right place at the right time...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgUxc8tGKx0

If you're only destined to have one hit, make it memorable!

And of course, if you want every tiny little detail about these early releases, you can't do much better than by scooting over here...http://motownjunkies.co.uk/index/


Did The Contours have any other hits?

Subject: Re: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/07/15 at 8:39 pm


Did The Contours have any other hits?


Yes - but nothing anything close to the popularity of "Do You Love Me" - incidentally, it charted a second time, in 1988!  Due to it's inclusion in the movie, "Dirty Dancing"  :)


Subject: Re: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/07/15 at 8:45 pm

This Supremes' gem was the title song from the movie, "The Happening":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpXHVuXDBK4

This one went to #1 in 1967.  8)

Subject: Re: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: Howard on 07/08/15 at 7:04 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-_sDdS-7Ug
Four Tops- Bernadette

Subject: Re: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/11/15 at 9:32 pm

How about some Junior Walker and the Allstars?  8)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub72eylahJg

Subject: Re: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: Howard on 07/12/15 at 2:38 pm


How about some Junior Walker and the Allstars?  8)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub72eylahJg


Don't mind if I do and now for some more Junior Walker:  :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMs9NudasVI

Subject: Re: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/22/15 at 9:59 pm

Just found this - some pretty rare early Miracles' footage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVkAQUPGqpk

It's Mickey's Monkey  :)

Subject: Re: The new 60's "Motown" thread

Written By: AmericanGirl on 08/12/15 at 9:54 pm


This Supremes' gem was the title song from the movie, "The Happening":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpXHVuXDBK4

This one went to #1 in 1967.  8)


I just found this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTMlexpWRBw

A noticeable difference: the B&W video features newcomer Cindy Birdsong, whereas the color video features Flo Ballard, before she was pushed out of the Supremes.  (R.I.P. Flo  :\'( )

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