Today 07:02 PM

Let's Share Some of Our Special Motown Collectables

Hi Friends,

I posted yesterday a photo of an autographed Mary Wells LP that I found in my collection.

Since we're all on a kind of hiatus, I thought it might be fun if we used a thread to share some of our favorite Motown collectables. Before the holidays, my buddy Gary (philles/motown_Gary) posted his Spector LP collection which was fun to view.

Perhaps you have something in your collection you'd like to share with SDF. This is a good time if you do.


Today 05:07 PM

House Of Beauty / HOB Records

In some quarters HOB is listed as a gospel subsidiary of Motown.

Seem to have a couple of recognisable names on their records early on - Herman Griffin & The Rayber Voices, Voices of Tabernacle, The Contours (though I think that may be a different group).

Berry Gordy wrote (and arranged?) "I Need You" and "I'm So Glad" for Herman Griffin. The music for "I'm So Glad" seems to be copyright to Rayber Music Writing Co. "I Need You" is the first song published by Jobete.

I've not read much about this label so I'm guessing the Motown connection may be overplayed, or is it?
Today 06:53 PM

Bill Withers has passed!


RIP to one of my all time favorites! I hope he finds his “Grandma’s Hands” up there.
Today 06:34 PM

Why was 1965 so quiet for the Vandellas and Marvelettes?

This has probably been discussed on here before but if so I don't remember it. Correct me if I am wrong but didn't these two groups receive a lot less attention in 1965 than they did either before or after?

Dancing in the Street and Nowhere to Run were big in 1964, right? But nothing else until My Baby Loves Me, which was early 1966 I believe. Then of course there was a resurgence of sorts with I'm Ready for Love, Jimmy Mack, Honey Chile, etc.

Same for the Marvelettes, wasn't it? If they had any significant 1965 release I don't know what it was. (Yes I realize that Don't Mess With Bill sort of straddled 1965 and 1966 but I consider it a 1966 song.) They were of course hot from 1962-64 and like Martha and her girls, they had some moderate success in 1967 and 1968.

Neither group had a studio album released in 1965 although as far as I know, the Supremes, Temps and Tops were all on fire that year. So am I imagining things or did these fine ladies get put on the back burner for an entire year? If so, why?
Today 07:09 PM

Call It Like U See It

In these uncertain times, we need some escapism. Be happy!
Shelter- In-Place Dept.

Put on your thinking cap. Match up any band or solo act, ala Primes/Primettes witha fictional one. Release your inner record lable exec.

Lakeside/C-Shur (gangsta rapper)
SWV/BWB (Brothers With Bass)

Go it? You try.
Today 05:33 PM

Love you, Detroit <3


This one made me cry earlier today. Revisited the clip just now.
Hang in there, Detroit, stay strong. Love that place SO MUCH.


Ralph Terrana

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