Yesterday 07:42 PM

Where is Ralph?

Have a power outage. Bad storm. Be back asap.
Today 02:15 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?


Thanks in advance!
Today 02:08 AM

Your Favorite Collector's Find at a Bargain Price


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?
07-24-2021 09:58 AM

Berry Gordy, Lorne Michaels, Joni Mitchell to Receive Kennedy Center Honors

From Rolling Stone.com
The Kennedy Center has announced a new class of inductees. Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, entertainer Bette Midler, and bass baritone Justino Díaz will be honored at this year’s ceremony.

The 2021 Kennedy Center Honors will return to its usual time and place at the Kennedy Center Opera House on December 5th. Due to Covid-19, the 2020 ceremony was pushed to May and spread out over several days with a mix of indoor, outdoor, and pre-taped events.

“After the challenges and heartbreak of the last many months, and as we celebrate 50 years of the Kennedy Center, I dare add that we are prepared to throw ‘the party to end all parties’ in D.C. on Dec. 5th, feting these extraordinary people and welcoming audiences back to our campus,” said Kennedy Center president Deborah Rutter.

Last year’s honorees included Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Allen, and Midori.
Today 03:26 AM

I HATE Motown Schmuck Click Bait

I ask the Man Upstairs to give me strength and patience. I don't think there is a single shred of Motown in this. And don't get me started on the so-called 100 Best Motown videos featuring non-Motown performers and worse [[!) those dratted karaoke-like ringers. Click bait.

Yesterday 08:39 AM

Detroit Area SDF Members

Hello friends. Was wondering if perhaps with the pandemic [[hopefully) mostly behind us and people getting out and about more, perhaps this is an idea whose time has come.

I recently moved back to the Detroit area where I grew up, after living on the West Coast for years. I was wondering if there was any interest amongst Detroit area SDF members to meet or get together once in a while and have our own "Motown related events," or just to socialize perhaps.

While living in Southern California, I really wanted to meet a few local members but it just never worked out, unfortunately. I've gotten to know a few members as friends, which has been wonderful. I also met a few of our fellow SDF friends at the two "Partners" concerts by Scherrie and Susaye, such as Joseph [["Sophisticated_Soul").

The most logical place to start might be a visit to the Motown Museum, although I believe it's closed right now for renovations. Still, there are probably lots of other things to do, or just to meet and talk about music would be fun as well. One thing I learned by becoming buddies with my friend Philles/Motown_Gary is that although we both love Motown, we almost never agree on any piece of music that Motown ever released! It's amazing to me, but I usually can figure how Gary will feel about an artist or song, simply by the way I feel. Usually if I like it, he won't and vice versa! I can't figure it out.

Anyway, if any local members might be interested, post here or send me an email. Perhaps we can plan for something later in the summer. It might be fun. After all, one can never have too many friends...or so I've been told!


Ralph Terrana

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