Today 06:16 PM

Why is Motown so big in the UK?

With an acknowledgement to mistercarter2u who asked this question on another thread, I hope that it is acceptable to give an answer by beginning a new thread.

I don’t know if there is a definitive answer, so I can only offer my personal thoughts. I feel lucky and privileged to have grown up during the sixties which were my formative musical years, and perhaps that is why those memories have stayed with me as they are far clearer and stronger than those from later years.

Musical styles seem to have changed every few years, the Americans had the “British Invasion”, but we also had invasions of American music, which led me to spend my hard-earned pocket money on “Baby Love” on the Stateside label. This was followed later by listening to pirate radio stations, broadcast from ships off the coast just a few miles from where I lived. This was a time of change in so many different ways. The sound of Motown was different, a change from the three guitars and a drum kit sound. For me, it sounded fresh and exciting, and perhaps even exotic compared to what we had grown used to.

On Sunday afternoons one of the pirate stations would play the US Top 50, giving us a chance to hear what was happening in the States. I’ve always remembered the superb series of hits by the Four Tops around the mid-sixties, including my favourite “Bernadette”. Even now, over 50 years later, that track still sends shivers down my spine. I always thought that there was so much more emotion put into this music, raising it above the rest.

Those experiences and memories have stayed with me throughout my life, and at long last I can say that “Baby Love” is far from the only example of Motown in my collection.

Just my humble opinion…
Today 08:47 PM

Motown japan - march 2019 releases

Currently being advertised on ebay are the 20 March 2019 releases from Universal Motown Japan which you'll be aware of. Amongst the same old are some choice releases from the likes of Earl Van Dyke, Brenda Holloway, Shorty Long etc.

BOYZ II MEN Cooleyhighharmony with Bonus Tracks (78867)
BOYZ II MEN II (78868)
THE SUPREMES Produced And Arranged By Jimmy Webb (78869)
EARL VAN DYKE & THE SOUL BROTHERS That Motown Sound (78870)
EARL VAN DYKE The Earl Of Funk (78871)
BRENDA HOLLOWAY Every Little Bit Hurts (78872)
SHORTY LONG Here Comes The Judge (78873)
KIKI DEE Great Expectations (78874)
MANDRE Mandre (78875)
NOLEN & CROSSLEY Ambience (78876)
SUPREMES Where Did Our Love Go (78877)
SUPREMES The Supremes A’ Go-Go (78878)
SUPREMES The Supremes Sing Holland–Dozier–Holland (78879)
DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES Reflections (78880)
SUPREMES Love Child (78881)
JACKSON 5 Diana Ross Presents Jackson 5 (78882)
JACKSON 5 ABC (78883)
TEMPTATIONS With A Lot O’ Soul (78884)
TEMPTATIONS I Wish It Would Rain (78885)
TEMPTATIONS Sky’s The Limit (78886)
TEMPTATIONS All Directions (78887)
TEMPTATIONS Reunion (78888)
TEMPTATIONS Truly For You (78889)
FOUR TOPS Second Album (78890)
FOUR TOPS Reach Out (78891)
MARVIN GAYE In The Groove (78892)
MARVIN GAYE & TAMMI TERRELL You’re All I Need (78894)
COMMODORES Machine Gun (78895)
COMMODORES Caught In the Act (78896)
COMMODORES Commodores (78897)
COMMODORES Natural High (78898)
COMMODORES Midnight Magic (78899)
LIONEL RICHIE Lionel Richie (78900)
LIONEL RICHIE Can’t Slow Down (78901)
LIONEL RICHIE Dancing On The Ceiling (78902)
MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS Heat Wave (78903)
MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS Dance Party (78904)
EDWIN STARR War And Peace (78907)
GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS standing Ovation (78908)
GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS Neither One Of Us (78909)
CRUSADERS Hollywood (78910)
GROVER WASHINGTON, JR. Mister Magic (78911)
JERMAINE JACKSON Let’s Get Serious (78912)
ODYSSEY Odyssey (78913)
SYREETA Syreeta (78914)
SYREETA Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta Wright (78915)
LEON WARE Musical Massage (78916)
RICK JAMES Street Songs (78917)
RICK JAMES Throwin’ Down (78918)
RICK JAMES Cold Blooded (78919)
MOTOWN SPINNERS 2nd Time Around (78920)
DAZZ BAND Keep It Live (78921)
DEBARGE All This Love (78922)
FANTASTIC FOUR Best Of The Fantastic Four (78923)
SCHERRIE & SUSAYE Partners (78925)
YVONNE FAIR The Bitch Is Black (78926)
Today 03:04 PM

When You Think "Motown", Do You Think "Lionel Richie"?

This question is not meant as a diss or anything. I am just curious as to what others on the forum think of Lionel Richie's music and contributions to Motown. I notice that he or his music is never discussed here, so please share your thoughts.
Today 06:55 PM

The Four Tops "4 For The Road" 1996 concert (Sunset Blvd.) 5/31/2019

The original Four Tops -- Levi Stubbs, Abdul "Duke Fakir, Renaldo "Obie" Benson & Lawrence Peyton -- live in concert.

1. MacArthur Park
2. Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)
3. Baby I Need Your Loving
4. In The Still Of The Night
5. Ain't No Woman (Like The One I've Got)
6. When She Was My Girl
7. Ask The Lonely
8. I've Got You Under My Skin
9. Bernadette
10. It's The Same Old Song
11. Walk Away Renee
12. Reach Out I'll Be There
13. Standing In The Shadows Of Love
14. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
15. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
16. Jumpin' Jack Flash


Ralph Terrana

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