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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. The label was originally based out of Detroit, Michigan ("Motor Town"), and is named for the city's association with the automobile industry. 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. The Motown logo This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... A record label is a brand created by companies that specialize in manufacturing, distributing and promoting audio and video recordings, on various formats including compact discs, LPs, DVD-Audio, SACDs, and cassettes. ... Musical genres are categories which contain music which share a certain style or which have certain elements in common. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Depending on context, pop music is either an abbreviation of popular music or, more recently, a term for a sub-genre of it. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Hip hop music is a style of popular music. ... This article refers to the largest city of Michigan. ... State nickname: Wolverine State or Great Lakes State Other U.S. States Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Governor Jennifer Granholm Official languages English Area 250,941 km² (11th)  - Land 147,255 km²  - Water 103,687 km² (41. ... A small variety of cars, the most popular kind of automobile. ... African Americans, also known as Afro-Americans or Black Americans, are an ethnic group in the United States of America whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to West and sub-Saharan Africa. ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and mostly distributed commercially. ...


Originally incorporated on December 14, 1959 by Berry Gordy, Jr. as Tamla Records, Motown has, over the course of its history, owned or distributed more than 45 labels in varying genres, including Mel-o-dy, Miracle, Gordy, Soul, Rare Earth, and Mo-west. Motown left Detroit for Los Angeles, California in 1972, and remained an independent company until 1988, when Gordy sold the company to MCA. Now headquartered in both Detroit and New York City, Motown Records is today a subsidiary of the Universal Motown Records Group, itself a subsidiary of Universal Music. December 14 is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1959 was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Berry Gordy, Jr. ... Griffith Observatory and the Downtown Los Angeles skyline. ... 1972 was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Music Corporation of America, commonly known as MCA, is a United States based corporation in the music business. ... City nickname: The Big Apple Location in the state of New York Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area  - Land  - Water 1,214. ... The Universal Motown Records Group is a division of the Universal Music Group, a collection of several record labels: Universal Records Universal South Records Blackground Records Motown Records Republic Records Cash Money Records Bad Boy Records Casablanca Records Street Records Corporation External link Universal Motown Home Page See also List... Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest major label in the record industry, with a 23% market share. ...


In the 1960s, Motown and its subsidiaries were the most successful proponents of what came to be known as The Motown Sound, 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. Events and trends The 1960s was a turbulent decade of change around the world. ... Motown, also known as Tamla-Motown outside the U.S., is a record label founded on December 14, 1959 by Berry Gordy, Jr. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Kocek with tambourine 19th c. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Bass (IPA: [], rhyming with face), when used as an adjective, describes tones of low frequency. ... }} Wiktionary has a definition of: Melody In music, a melody is a series of linear events or a succession, not a simultaneity as in a chord. ... A chord is a geometric figure. ... Gospel music may refer either to the religious music that first came out of African-American churches in the 1930s or, more loosely, to both black gospel music and to the religious music composed and sung by white southern Christian artists. ...

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History

Berry Gordy, Jr. got his start as a songwriter for local Detroit acts such as Jackie Wilson and the Matadors. In 1959, he started his own record label, Tamla Records; his first signed act was The Matadors, who changed their name to The Miracles. Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson became the vice president of the company, and many of Gordy's family members, including his sister Gwen and his father Berry Sr. had instrumental roles in the company. Jackie Wilson (b. ... 1959 was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Miracles is a vocal harmony group that was formed in 1955 at Northern High School in Detroit, Michigan. ... William Smokey Robinson (born February 19, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American R&B and soul singer and songwriter. ...


Also in 1959, Gordy purchased the property that would become Motown's Hitsville U.S.A. studio and offices. A photographer's studio was modfied into the administrative offices for the label, with a large recording studio built downstairs in the basement. Hitsville U.S.A, as seen in The Temptations (1998). ...


Among Motown's early artists were Mabel John, Mary Wells, and Barrett Strong. The label's first hit was Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)" (1959), which made it to #2 on the Billboard R&B charts; its first #1 R&B hit was "Shop Around" by the Miracles in 1960. A year later, The Marvelettes scored the label's first US #1 pop hit, "Please Mr. Postman." By the mid-1960s, the label, with the help of songwriters and producers such as Robinson and Holland-Dozier-Holland, was a major force in the music industry. Mary Esther Wells was born May 13, 1943, and died July 26, 1992 of cancer of the larynx. ... Barrett Strong (born February 5, 1941 in West Point, Mississippi) is an African-American singer and songwriter. ... Money (Thats What I Want) is a 1959 hit single by Barrett Strong for the Tamla label, distributed by Anna Records. ... 1959 was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... 1960 was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Marvelettes was an American singing girl group on the Motown label, most famous for recording the labels their first US #1 pop hit, Please Mr. ... Holland-Dozier-Holland was a songwriting and production team consisting of Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian Holland and Edward Holland, Jr. ...


In the 1960s (from 1961 to 1971), Motown had 110 Top 10 hits and artists such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Jackson 5, and Gladys Knight & the Pips were all signed to Motown Records. By the late 1960s the label was billing itself as "The Sound of Young America", with its acts enjoying widespread popularity among black and white audiences alike. 1961 (As MAD Magazine pointed out on its first cover for the year) was the first upside-down year—i. ... 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... Top Ten is a generic term used to indicate the ten items that are best, worst, or otherwise notable according to some criteria. ... Stevie Wonder is a legend in rock and pop music history. ... Marvin Gaye on the cover of his 1971 classic album Whats Going On. ... Diana Ross on the cover of her collection Diana Ross: The Ultimate Collection Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross [1] on March 26, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan) is an African-American soul, R&B and pop singer and actress. ... Reissue album cover showing The Supremes in 1966. ... The Classic 5 lineup of The Temptations, circa 1965. ... The Four Tops circa 1966. ... The cover to the Jackson 5s first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, released on Motown Records in 1969. ... For the BBC pips, see Greenwich Time Signal. ...


In 1967, three of Motown's most popular groups had their lead singers receive top billing over the group. The Miracles were renamed Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Supremes became Diana Ross & the Supremes, and Martha & the Vandellas became Martha Reeves & the Vandellas. This was done, according to Gordy, to be able to negotiate for more money for live performances, since Motown would be offering two acts--a lead singer and a group--instead of just one. David Ruffin, then lead singer of The Temptations, decided that he should receive the same treatment that Robinson, Ross, and Reeves received, and demanded that Motown rename his group "David Ruffin & the Temptations". The name change never occurred, and Ruffin was replaced by former Contour Dennis Edwards in July 1968. 1967 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Martha & the Vandellas were an American Motown group of the 1960s. ... David Ruffin (Davis Eli Ruffin) (January 18, 1941 - June 1, 1991) was an African-American soul singer, most famous for his work as lead singer of The Temptations from 1964 to 1968. ... The Contours was a soul singing group on the Motown label during the 1960s. ... Dennis Edwards (born February 3, 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an African-American soul and R&B singer, most noted for being one of The Temptations lead singers. ... July is the seventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ...


After Holland-Dozier-Holland left the label in 1968 over royalty payment disputes, the quality of the Motown output began to decline, as well as the frequency with which its artists scored #1 hits. Even so, Motown still boasted a roster of successful artists during the 1970s and 1980s, including Lionel Richie and The Commodores, Rick James, Teena Marie and DeBarge. 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, Thank God It's Friday and The Last Dragon. 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Events and trends Although in the United States and in many other Western societies the 1970s are often seen as a period of transition between the turbulent 1960s and the more conservative 1980s and 1990s, many of the trends that are associated widely with the Sixties, from the Sexual Revolution... Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. ... The Commodores was a highly successful soul/funk band in the 1970s. ... Rick James (James Ambrose Johnson, Jr. ... Teena Marie (born Mary Christine Brockert on March 5, 1956) is an R&B singer/songwriter/producer. ... DeBarge was an American singing group that specialized in R&B and soul music. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... 1972 was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of... Lady Sings the Blues is a 1972 biographical film which tells the story of blues singer Billie Holliday. ... Mahogany is a 1975 feature film, directed by Berry Gordy, produced by Motown Productions and released to theaters by Paramount Pictures. ... The Wiz is both a 1975 Broadway musical and a 1978 film adaptation of the play. ... Berry Gordys The Last Dragon is a 1985 martial arts parody film featuring a predominately African_American cast. ...


Berry Gordy sold his ownership in Motown to MCA and Boston Ventures in June 1988 for $61 million. Today a subsidiary of Universal Music, Motown is still active as a record label, and has been home to artists such as Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight, Erykah Badu, Johnny Gill (ex-New Edition) and India.Arie. Stevie Wonder is still signed to Motown to this day, making him the only act from the "classic years" still on the label. The Music Corporation of America, commonly known as MCA, is a United States based corporation in the music business. ... 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest major label in the record industry, with a 23% market share. ... Boyz II Men is a Motown vocal group from Philadelphia, founded in 1988. ... Brian McKnight (born June 5, 1969 in Buffalo, New York) is an African-American singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer, specializing in pop and R&B. He is a multi-instrumentalist and plays the piano, guitar, and trumpet. ... Erica Wright of Dallas, Texas (born February 26, 1971), better known as Erykah Badu, is an African-American R&B / hip hop artist whose work crosses over into jazz. ... Johnny Gill is an R&B singer known for his emphatic growl and soaring falsetto. ... New Edition is an American R&B and pop boy band, formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1978, that was most popular during the 1980s. ... India. ... Stevie Wonder is a legend in rock and pop music history. ...


Artist development and production process

Artist development was a major part of Motown's operations. The acts on the Motown label were fastidiously groomed, dressed and choreographed for live performances. 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 black musicians.


Motown's music was crafted with the same eye towards pop appeal. Berry Gordy used weekly quality control meetings and veto power to ensure that only records with appeal to both white and black audiences would be released. Many of Motown's most well known songs, such as all of the early hits for The Supremes, were written by the songwriting trio Holland-Dozier-Holland. Other important producers and songwritiers at Motown's Hitsville U.S.A. recording studio and headquaters included Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong, Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, Frank Wilson, Motown artists Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, and Gordy himself. Reissue album cover showing The Supremes in 1966. ... Holland-Dozier-Holland was a songwriting and production team consisting of Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian Holland and Edward Holland, Jr. ... Hitsville U.S.A, as seen in The Temptations (1998). ... you are gay ... Norman Whitfield (born in 1943) was a songwriter and producer for Berry Gordys Motown label during the 1960s. ... Barrett Strong (born February 5, 1941 in West Point, Mississippi) is an African-American singer and songwriter. ... Nickolas Ashford (born May 4, 1942, in Fairfield, South Carolina) and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946 in The Bronx, New York) are a successful songwriting/production team, as well as being recording artists in their own right. ... Nickolas Ashford (born May 4, 1942, in Fairfield, South Carolina) and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946 in The Bronx, New York) are a successful songwriting/ production team, as well as being recording artists in their own right. ... Frank Wilson is an African-American former songwriter and record producer for Motown Records. ... William Smokey Robinson (born February 19, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American R&B and soul singer and songwriter. ... Marvin Gaye on the cover of his 1971 classic album Whats Going On. ... Stevie Wonder is a legend in rock and pop music history. ...


The many artists and producers of Motown Records collaborated to produce numerous hit songs, although the process has been described as factory-like (such as the Brill Building). The Hitsville studios remained open and active 22 hours a day, and artists would often be on tour for weeks, come back to Detroit to record as many songs as possible, and then promptly set back out on tour again. The Brill Building in the United States is located at 1619 Broadway, in New York City, New York. ...


Examples

See also: List of Motown No. 1 singles in the United States. This is a list of singles released on one of the various labels owned by Motown Records that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. ...

ABC is a 1970 #1 hit single recorded by The Jackson 5 for the Motown label. ... The cover to the Jackson 5s first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, released on Motown Records in 1969. ... You Keep Me Hangin On is the name of a 1966 hit song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. ... Reissue album cover showing The Supremes in 1966. ... I Heard It Through the Grapevine is the name of an R&B/soul song that resulted in two succesful singles released by the Motown label: a 1967 US #2 hit by Gladys Knight & The Pips and a 1968 US #1 hit by Marvin Gaye. ... Marvin Gaye on the cover of his 1971 classic album Whats Going On. ... I Cant Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) is a 1965 hit song recorded by The Four Tops for the Motown label. ... The Four Tops circa 1966. ... This article is about the 1965 Temptations song. ... The Classic 5 lineup of The Temptations, circa 1965. ...

Motown artists

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A posed photograph from Motown's landmark 1965 tour of the United Kingdom. Third from left is Florence Ballard of The Supremes; to her left are her bandmates Diana Ross and Mary Wilson. Next to and in front of Wilson is Martha Reeves, to her right is Motown chief Berry Gordy, Jr. Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson can be seen holding up the sign directly above the "UK".

See also: Category:Motown performers Download high resolution version (960x540, 133 KB)Much of the staff at Motown, from Standing in the Shadows of Motown. ... Download high resolution version (960x540, 133 KB)Much of the staff at Motown, from Standing in the Shadows of Motown. ... 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Album cover showing Florence Ballard (left), with The Supremes - Mary Wilson and Diana Ross Florence Flo Ballard (June 30, 1943 - February 22, 1976) was an African American singer from Detroit, Michigan. ... Reissue album cover showing The Supremes in 1966. ... Diana Ross on the cover of her collection Diana Ross: The Ultimate Collection Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross [1] on March 26, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan) is an African-American soul, R&B and pop singer and actress. ... There have been several well-known people named Mary Wilson, including: Mary Wilson (poet) Mary Wilson (singer) (not to be confused with Mari Wilson and Meri Wilson, both singers) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Martha Reeves (born July 18, 1941), was the lead singer of the American Motown Records group Martha & the Vandellas. ... Berry Gordy, Jr. ... For the U.S. hockey teams victory in the 1980 Winter Olympics, see Miracle on Ice, or Miracle (movie) According to many religions, a miracle is an intervention by God in the universe. ... William Smokey Robinson (born February 19, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American R&B and soul singer and songwriter. ...


1950s and 1960s

Barrett Strong (born February 5, 1941 in West Point, Mississippi) is an African-American singer and songwriter. ... The Miracles is a vocal harmony group that was formed in 1955 at Northern High School in Detroit, Michigan. ... William Smokey Robinson (born February 19, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American R&B and soul singer and songwriter. ... Mary Esther Wells was born May 13, 1943, and died July 26, 1992 of cancer of the larynx. ... Marvin Gaye on the cover of his 1971 classic album Whats Going On. ... Edward Holland, Jr. ... The Andantes were a prolific female session singing group for the Motown record label during the 1960s. ... The Marvelettes was an American singing girl group on the Motown label, most famous for recording the labels their first US #1 pop hit, Please Mr. ... Reissue album cover showing The Supremes in 1966. ... Diana Ross on the cover of her collection Diana Ross: The Ultimate Collection Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross [1] on March 26, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan) is an African-American soul, R&B and pop singer and actress. ... The Classic 5 lineup of The Temptations, circa 1965. ... Stevie Wonder is a legend in rock and pop music history. ... Jimmy Ruffin (born May 7, 1939 in Collinsville, Mississippi) is an African-American soul singer and older brother of David Ruffin, one of the lead singers for The Temptations. ... David Ruffin (Davis Eli Ruffin) (January 18, 1941 - June 1, 1991) was an African-American soul singer, most famous for his work as lead singer of The Temptations from 1964 to 1968. ... Kim Weston was an African American soul singer for the Motown label. ... Martha & the Vandellas were an American Motown group of the 1960s. ... Jr. ... The Four Tops circa 1966. ... Brenda Holloway (born June 21, 1946 in Atascadero, California) is an African-American singer best known for her period as a recording artist for the Motown label during the 1960s. ... Tammi Terrell Tammi Terrell (Thomasina Montgomery) (April 29, 1945 - March 16, 1970) was an African-American Motown singer in the 1960s, best known for her duets with Marvin Gaye. ... The Spinners are a Detroit-based soul band popular in the 1960s and 1970s. ... The Isley Brothers are an American pop, R&B, funk and soul group who began their musical career in Cincinnati in the early 1950s as a gospel quartet with brothers Ronald, OKelly, Rudolph and Vernon Isley. ... The Originals was a successful Motown R&B and soul group during the 1960s and 1970s. ... For the BBC pips, see Greenwich Time Signal. ... Bobby Taylor (born February 18, 1936) & the Vancouvers were an Canadian soul band, signed to the Motown label during the late 1960s. ... Rare Earth was a Detroit rock band on a label affiliated with Motown in the 1970s and was the first act signed by Motown that consisted entirely of white members. ... The cover to the Jackson 5s first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, released on Motown Records in 1969. ...

1970s

Edwin Starr (January 21, 1942 - April 2, 2003) was a soul music singer. ... Syreeta Wright (August 3, 1946 - July 6, 2004) was a singer/songwriter, and former wife of Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, and Michael Bolton. ... Diana Ross on the cover of her collection Diana Ross: The Ultimate Collection Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross [1] on March 26, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan) is an African-American soul, R&B and pop singer and actress. ... Eddie Kendricks, on the cover of his 1981 album Love Keys . Eddie Kendricks (Edward James Kendrick) (December 17, 1939, - October 5, 1992) was an African-American tenor singer and songwriter. ... George Curtis G.C. Cameron (born in Jackson, Mississippi) is an African-American soul and R&B singer. ... Michael Jackson on the cover of the album Bad in 1987. ... Jermaine Jackson Jermaine Lajuane Jackson (born December 11, 1954 in Gary, Indiana) is an African-American singer, formerly of The Jackson 5 and brother of American pop stars Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. ... William Smokey Robinson (born February 19, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American R&B and soul singer and songwriter. ... Thelma Houston Thelma Houston (born May 7, 1946) is a African-American R&B singer. ... The Commodores was a highly successful soul/funk band in the 1970s. ... Rick James (James Ambrose Johnson, Jr. ...

1980s

DeBarge was an American singing group that specialized in R&B and soul music. ... Rockwell (musician) - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. ... Teena Marie (born Mary Christine Brockert on March 5, 1956) is an R&B singer/songwriter/producer. ... Chico DeBarge (born in 1966 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an African-American/Latino R&B singer, brother to the members of the Motown family act DeBarge. ...

1990s

Boyz II Men is a Motown vocal group from Philadelphia, founded in 1988. ... Shanice Wilson (born May 14, 1973 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an African-American R&B singer. ... Johnny Gill is an R&B singer known for his emphatic growl and soaring falsetto. ... Brian McKnight (born June 5, 1969 in Buffalo, New York) is an African-American singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer, specializing in pop and R&B. He is a multi-instrumentalist and plays the piano, guitar, and trumpet. ... Queen Latifah arriving at the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. ... Erica Wright of Dallas, Texas (born February 26, 1971), better known as Erykah Badu, is an African-American R&B / hip hop artist whose work crosses over into jazz. ... 702, named after the area code of their hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, is an American platinum_selling female hip-hop and R&B trio. ... 98 Degrees are an American boy band formed in Los Angeles, but whose members are originally from Ohio. ... Debelah Morgan on the cover of I Remember Debelah Morgan (born September 29, 1977, Detroit, Michigan) is an American r&b singer and songwriter. ... Tony! Toni! Toné! was a late 1980s through mid-1990s R&B group from Oakland, California (near San Francisco). ...

2000s


From 1959 to 1971, 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. The band's career and work is chronicled in the acclaimed documentary, Standing in the Shadows of Motown. India. ... Q-Tip (born Jonathan Davis on November 20, 1970 in New York City), is an African American rapper and record producer, and formerly of the group A Tribe Called Quest. ... Michael McDonald is an American caucasian soul singer, known for his trademark husky tenor voice. ... 1959 was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... The Funk Brothers were the house band at Detroits Motown Records from 1959 to 1972, when the company moved to Los Angeles. ... A documentary is a work in a visual or auditory medium presenting political, scientific, social, or historical subjects in a factual and informative manner. ... Standing in the Shadows of Motown is a 2002 documentary film about the story of the Funk Brothers, Motown Records primary studio band from 1959 to 1972. ...


Motown labels

(grouped by musical genre) Musical genres are categories which contain music which share a certain style or which have certain elements in common. ...

For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Reissue album cover showing The Supremes in 1966. ... The cover to the Jackson 5s first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, released on Motown Records in 1969. ... Marvin Gaye on the cover of his 1971 classic album Whats Going On. ... Eddie Kendricks, on the cover of his 1981 album Love Keys . Eddie Kendricks (Edward James Kendrick) (December 17, 1939, - October 5, 1992) was an African-American tenor singer and songwriter. ... Stevie Wonder is a legend in rock and pop music history. ... Smokey Robinson (born February 19, 1940) is an American R&B and soul singer and songwriter. ... The Classic 5 lineup of The Temptations, circa 1965. ... Syreeta Wright (August 3, 1946 - July 6, 2004) was a singer/songwriter, and former wife of Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, and Michael Bolton. ... For the BBC pips, see Greenwich Time Signal. ... Jimmy Ruffin (born May 7, 1939 in Collinsville, Mississippi) is an African-American soul singer and older brother of David Ruffin, one of the lead singers for The Temptations. ... Gospel music may refer either to the religious music that first came out of African-American churches in the 1930s or, more loosely, to both black gospel music and to the religious music composed and sung by white southern Christian artists. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Rare Earth was a Detroit rock band on a label affiliated with Motown in the 1970s and was the first act signed by Motown that consisted entirely of white members. ... For other article subjects named Jazz see jazz (disambiguation). ... Country music, once known as Country and Western music, is a popular musical form developed in the southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, spirituals, and the blues. ... Spoken word is a form of music or artistic performance in which lyrics, poetry, or stories are spoken rather than sung. ...

See also

Berry Gordy, Jr. ... Hitsville U.S.A, as seen in The Temptations (1998). ...

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