Today 08:39 AM

Duke Fakir retires as last original Four Tops member; Michael Brock to join

From SoulTracks.com:

They are on the Mount Rushmore of soul groups, and are among the bedrock acts of Motown’s tremendous run in the 1960s. And the Four Tops continue on, nearly seven decades after forming in Detroit in the 1950s. But there will be a notable change going forward, as Abdul “Duke” Fakir, the last surviving original member of the group, has retired at age 88. Duke had been the sole original member of the group for nearly two decades, since the retirement of lead singer Levi Stubbs and the 2005 passing of Obie Benson.
With Duke’s retirement, the group now consists of Alexander Morris, Ronnie McNeir, Lawrence Payton, Jr. [son of founding member Lawrence Payton, Sr.] and the newest member, singer Michael Brock.

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Today 08:56 AM

Question on someone who rarely gets any attention on the Motown Forum

Here is the trivia question of the day. Let's see who can answer it.

Singin' Sammy Ward. That is not his REAL NAME.

Does anyone know what his REAL NAME is and the background on why he uses the stage name of Sammy Ward?
07-19-2024 06:22 PM

Keith Hughes

I heard from Keith's sons this afternoon with the very sad news that Keith had passed away after a short illness - his contributions to the Motown reissues over the past few years have been invaluable.
07-19-2024 09:04 PM

Still Sounds Like The Flirtations RSD 2024 Release

Limited to 1000 copies for RSD 2024. The Flirtations are poised to release ‘Still Sounds Like the Flirtations’ – their first album of new material in 55 years. They are best known for their 1969 signature song, "Nothing But A Heartache”, off their debut album ‘Sounds Like the Flirtations’. That song spent 14 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100, and its success saw the group tour with Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, The Four Tops and The Temptations. “Nothing But a Heartache” remains an undeniable Northern Soul classic; it has been streamed over 13 million times, and in 2022 was remixed by Tobtok and Oliver Nelson. On their forthcoming album, which was produced, engineered, mixed, and co-written by Ben Rice [[Joan Osborne, Valerie June), Earnestine Pearce, Shirley Pearce, and Viola Billups aka Pearly Gates tell the stories of their lives. Drawing inspiration from the churn of personal, social, and political situations that they have lived through over the past five decades, they capture a timeless and well-earned perspective on love and life. The record, which features the Dap King horns, contains standout tracks, including the reflective call to action “Memories”, co-written by Stevie Wonder; the hopeful love song “Ain’t No Easy Way” and the instant dance floor hit “Didn’t Anybody Tell You”, both co-written by Grammy-nominated songwriter Gian Stone [[John Legend, Meghan Trainor); the uplifting groover “Love Somebody”; and the roaring “Take It Back”, co-written by Dave Sherman [[Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Elle King). The recording process was a transatlantic adventure, with sessions at Abbey Road and Resident Studios in London, Degraw Sound in Brooklyn, and Creative Workshop in Nashville. Retaining the classic soul sound and melodic harmonies The Flirtations are known for, the album will not disappoint long-time fans, while also promising to bring their authentic, inimitable sound to a new generation of music. Track List: 01. Love Somebody 02. Didn’t Anybody Tell You 03. Ain’t No Easy Way 04. Memories 05. You Don't Live Here Anymore 06. [[Keep Chasing) Blue Skies 07. Take It Back 08. No One Does It Like You 09. Life Is Like A Mountain 10. Thought I Knew You
07-20-2024 06:17 AM

There’s A Ghost In My House question

Does anybody know who the male backing singers are on this classic song please?

07-17-2024 07:38 PM

15 Best Disco Songs of All Time

This guy Samuel Moore, seems to put out some kind of Best List every other week. Last one was Best Motown and this week it is Best Disco Songs of All Time. If the definition of All Time is Timeless, then I agree with him. I still like all these songs, whereas a lot of the stuff that i used to like in disco era is now just a repetitive boring beat. Not criticism, just a part of getting old. His list does include a couple of my favorites, but not my two favorites, which are Native New Yorker by Odysey and Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band - Cherchez La Femme

Table of Contents
1. Stayin’ Alive by Bee Gees
2. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
3. Y.M.C.A. by Village People
4. Le Freak by Chic
5. I’m Coming Out by Diana Ross
6. Get Down Tonight by KC and the Sunshine Band
7. Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry
8. Ring My Bell by Anita Ward
9. Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
10. Don’t Leave Me This Way by Thelma Houston
11. Last Dance by Donna Summer
12. Good Times by Chic
13. We Are Family by Sister Sledge
14. Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now by McFadden & Whitehead
15. September by Earth, Wind & Fire


My two favorites below did not make his list


Ralph Terrana

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