Tag Archives: Motown

BRENDA HOLLOWAY-THE ARTISTRY OF BRENDA HOLLOWAY.

BRENDA HOLLOWAY-THE ARTISTRY OF BRENDA HOLLOWAY. It was in 1962 that Brenda Holloway released her debut single, Hey Fool on the Donna record label. She was just sixteen years old. Later that year, Brenda first released a cover of Ed Cobb’s Every Little Bit Hurts for Del-Fi Records, a subsidiary of Donna Records. Two years …

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MARY WELLS-THE COMPLETE 20TH CENTURY COLLECTION.

MARY WELLS-THE COMPLETE 20TH CENTURY COLLECTION. After four hit laden years at Motown, Mary Wells dropped a bombshell, when she announced she was leaving Motown. Mary couldn’t have chosen a better time to leave Motown. She was holding all the cards, and had just enjoyed the equivalent of a Royal Flush. My Guy had just …

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MARVIN GAYE-WHAT’S GOING ON.

MARVIN GAYE-WHAT’S GOING ON. As someone who spends a lot of my time absorbed in everything related to music, I’ve recently noticed the proliferation of albums that are being repackaged and given the “deluxe” box set treatment and sold as classic albums. To say it’s stretching the truth somewhat calling these albums “classic,” is being …

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GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS-ALL I NEED IS TIME.

GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS-ALL I NEED IS TIME. Although Neither One of Us was Gladys Knight and the Pips final album released while they were signed to Motown, one further album was released after they’d signed to their new label, Buddah Records. This was All I Need Is Time, a hugely underrated and excellent …

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WILLIE HUTCH-ODE TO MY LADY.

WILLIE HUTCH-ODE TO MY LADY. Although Willie Hutch’s career spanned five decades, during which time he released a number of successful, influential and innovative albums, there are two albums that many people remember him best for. These two albums are The Mack, released in 1974, and Foxy Brown released in 1975, which were both soundtracks …

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GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS-NEITHER ONE OF US.

GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS-NEITHER ONE OF US. I’ve always though that Gladys Knight and the Pips were one of the most underrated acts on Motown. During their time on Motown, it seemed much of the focus was on Diana Ross, and as a result, Gladys Knight’s music was somewhat overlooked. That to me is …

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ASHFORD AND SIMPSON-STREET OPERA.

ASHFORD AND SIMPSON-STREET OPERA. Back in 1963, when Nikolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson met, they probably never envisaged that their musical partnership would last six decades, and see them write  songs for some of music’s biggest names and record four albums that were certified gold. Husband and wife duo Ashford and Simpson had met in …

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SMOKEY ROBINSON-QUIET STORM.

SMOKEY ROBINSON-QUIET STORM. There can’t have been many recording artists who have left a hugely successful group to concentrate on their position as Vice President of a record company, and in doing so, embark on a somewhat low-key solo career. Well, in July of 1972, that’s exactly what Smokey Robinson did. He’d been planning to …

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STEVIE WONDER-TALKING BOOK.

STEVIE WONDER-TALKING BOOK. From an early age, I’ve always loved soul music. One of the first artists I remember hearing was Stevie Wonder. Since then I’ve always loved his music, and admired him for everything he has overcome. I can’t help but admire how he has triumphed over adversity. To have overcome blindness, yet still, …

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