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07-31-2021 12:21 PM

Say hello to Russell Thompkins Jr of the New Stylistics

SDF Family,

Let's keep this thread going. Since Ralph invited me to the Forum a few years ago, I have received invaluable feedback from all of you regarding several different topics. Your questions, comments, and excellent musical knowledge motivates me and TNS to perform at the highest level we can and it has also helped us to become better, more informed human beings. We look forward to the continued dialouge.

We love you!

RAT Jr & The New Stylistics
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?
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!
Today 04:37 AM

Publication of long awaited Invictus / Motown Holland Dozier book by Howard Priestly

Finally, Howard’s in-depth book on Holland Dozier Holland and their Motown and perhaps more interestingly Invictus work….Available to order on Amazon now
Love Factory: The History of Holland Dozier Holland Paperback
07-30-2021 02:43 PM
Yesterday 11:50 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.

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