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Motown Turns Fifty by tucsonmike on 13 January 2009 1:53am
BBC had it on. Motown was founded January 12th, 1959. Some great music and it helped bridge the American racial divide.
Too bad they are not in Detroit anymore. With the automakers going down the drain, they would be Detroit's most successful business.
Re: Motown Turns Fifty by peripatetically on 13 January 2009 12:06pm
STOP, in the name of Love! Some of the best times of my life were when Motown was at it's peak. Memories are flooding my brain right now. All the nights at teen center and school and church dances. My formative years through high school: the best music in my opinion, for kids of that age group was during that time. You could actually dance and sing to it and understand the simple messages of life.
Re: Motown Turns Fifty by mrsthing on 13 January 2009 3:52pm
"Love Child"--the first "safe sex" song. Or was it "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?"

Re: Motown Turns Fifty by bIG bLOGGER on 13 January 2009 5:08pm
Or maybe : "STOP!..in the name of Love" (the Supremes),with that great organ intro..
..with respect,"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow",although a great song,was not from the Motown stable of writers,but was penned/composed by Gerry Goffin and Carole King in the BRILL Building,at 1619 Broadway,in the heart of New York City. LOL

Motown's founder,BERRY GORDY Jnr,--79 years old this year,decided to move Motown's operations from their offices in Detroit(once known modestly as 'HITSVILLE USA') to Los Angeles,following the riots in Detroit
in 1972.
Re: Motown Turns Fifty by perfectbitch on 13 January 2009 6:54pm
"Nowhere to Run" and so many more that I have on my playlist. I love Motown - proper "soul".

Re: Motown Turns Fifty by Spursfan on 13 January 2009 8:36pm
I once went to a sort of Motown tour gig (if that makes sense!!). It was in Hanley (part of Stoke-on-Trent) and I ony went because my heart-throb Emperor Rosko was MC!!

Stevie Wonder was top of the bill (well - to me Rosko was!!) and amongst others were the Foundations - who my friend and I ran into (literally) when going round the back of the theatre so I could meet my hero!

They stood there waiting for us to ask them for their autographs or something - but I wasn't interested and carried on running.

Cant remember who else was on the bill, it was a great show though I am not a motown fan particularly; it was good to see Stevie Wonder. It was around the Signed Sealed Delivered era - 1969??

(Yes I did get to meet Rosko - I held his hand and gave him my Rosko Ranger card to sign (since lost!!). I looked into his eyes for hours it seemed (minutes really - but I WAS the only one there with him!!) and then gave him my pen and left.)

Re: Motown Turns Fifty by johnnythemonkey on 14 January 2009 6:03am
I'm always grateful that I got to hear of Val Doonican because of Motown. Bless him and his jumpers. :)
Re: Motown Turns Fifty by Spursfan on 14 January 2009 9:28am
Not to mention the rocking chair which you probably need now, Johnny.

Re: Motown Turns Fifty by mrsthing on 14 January 2009 1:47pm
I knew that "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" was a King/Goffin song, but I brought it up because of the "safe sex" theme. Just a joke.

But it was covered by the Chiffons, who, if not a Motown group, were certainly influenced heavily by the Motown sound.
Re: Motown Turns Fifty by bIG bLOGGER on 14 January 2009 3:54pm
--Yeah.I more-or-less figured that out.

Stateside Records,despite its title,was a British record label,started in 1962 to issue in Britain the work of American black artists and groups,and Berry Gordy chose Stateside to be the British Motown subsidiary.
"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" was recorded by the Shirelles,a black girl group from New Jersey formed in 1958,and their version was issued on the Stateside label.The song has been covered by other artists,including Dionne Warwicke,Amy Winehouse,and Evan Dando and The Lemonheads.
The Chantals and the Shirelles were like forerunners of The Supremes.
Goffin and King were assigned originally to write the song for the Shirelles,who needed a NO.1 hit after their first three releases had charted only in the lower Billboard 100.

The Chiffons were a US all-black 4-piece girl harmony group formed in 1960 in The Bronx,New York City.They hit No.1 with their first single in America "He's So Fine",written by Ronnie Mack,they recorded Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich's: "I have a Boyfriend",and during their career recorded 3 Goffin/King compositions,namely:"One Fine Day","Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" and "The Locomotion".
The Chiffons were released on Laurie Records,not on Motown,but Motown Records was already putting out a lot of good stuff in the early 1960's,so the Chiffons no doubt were influenced by them,and certainly Ronnie Mack's song "Sweet Talking Guy" (which went to No.10) had much of the feel of a Motown record.
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