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Yesterday 08:43 AM

Move from Detroit to LA

I found a fascinating article that provides a brief summary of Motown’s move from Detroit to California. Interestingly, as late as 1974 Studio B was still active. The move was hardly abrupt as many of us were “led to believe” in various articles stating that Motown suddenly abandon Detroit in 1972.

Interestingly, Motown opened its first LA office in 1963. In 1967, Berry announced the name change of the Supremes to the DRATS in LA and subsequently bought a house for his family in 1968. Didn’t Diana and Mary also move around 1967/8 due to the enormous television work they were doing? Not sure if anyone else from the Motown roster made the move? Maybe Smokey too?

Any additional comments from insiders or those in the know?

https://daily.redbullmusicacademy.co...etroit-feature

Thanks in advance!
Yesterday 08:36 PM

In addition to Berry Gordy, what other music figures are 90 or more?

As we have learned over in the Motown forum, Berry Gordy is up for a well-deserved Kennedy Center Honor. We also knew that he turned 91 recently. So that got me to thinking about what other music stars [[not necessarily soul or Motown but just music in general) are still with us at age 90 or more.

I did some checking on Wikipedia for a few that came to mind and this is what I came up with......

Sue Thompson [[pop/country singer--Norman, Paper Tiger, etc.) is 96.

Ed Ames [[My Cup Runneth Over) is 94.

Lavelle White [[Texas Blues Singer) is 92.

A number of others [[Willie Nelson, Frankie Valli, Bobby Vinton) are closing in but not quite there yet. What other names in the rock or soul era are still with us and have reached the remarkable age of 90?
07-30-2021 02:43 PM
Today 10:48 AM

Your Favorite Collector's Find at a Bargain Price

Friends,

I was ruminating in another thread about the old "cut out bins" in record and discount stores where you could rummage through hundreds of LPs and maybe discover some hard to find collector's item at a bargain price. I thought it might be fun to have us share what we feel was a great find; a real collector's item we found the old fashioned way - by searching for it in stores or happening across it in some other more or less random way.

Sticking to the cut out bins, I remember when growing up in Detroit finding all the out of print titles that were listed on the album insert sleeves. For example, that was when I first found out there was a Workshop Jazz label, or that there were out of print albums by the Miracles, Marvelettes or Vandellas which I didn't know about.

I remember even calling Motown [[when they were still in downtown Detroit) and asking how one could find the old albums. Of course, they had no idea!

My first "epic" discovery was finding the cut out bins at a department store called Federal's. Federal's was a store similar to the more recent Mervyn's. They had clothing, housewares, and of course records. I think the first time I found they were a great source for old records was at the Federal's on Grand River and Oakman a few miles from downtown Detroit. The albums were strangely priced at $1.67 [[how did they ever get to that number!). It was there I found the early albums by the Marvelettes such as "Please Mr. Postman," "Greetings We're the Miracles," "Stubborn Kind of Fellow" by Gaye, and many other early titles. To me it was like finding something akin to buried treasure. Of course, they were all brand new, sealed copies.

What's your favorite story about how you found something rare that you had looked for, or perhaps never expected you might find?
Today 04:06 PM

Paul Williams leads

Anyone have or have knowledge of where to find a definitive list of Paul Williams leads with the Temptations? I would like to make up CD collection of all his leads under one roof if possibe.
07-30-2021 03:43 PM

MJ and Klymaxx

Does anyone know of any connection between Michael and Klymaxx's "I Miss You"? I have ALWAYS thought that this could have been passed off as a MJ ballad. Joyce Irby GIVES you some Michael on this song. Maybe it's just my ears? Close your eyes and take a listen; especially to the "I've got to gather my sense together" lick.

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