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Today 03:37 PM

Billy Eckstine _ Motown Collection

pent an enjoyable day compiling a CD-R on Billy Eckstine . I wanted to concentrate on Motown only songs, leaving the standards alone. I was worried that I would not have enough tunes to fill a CD-R.
In the end , I ran out of room.....had to leave a few off, which was a shame.
I really enjoy MR. B's Motown material. What a shame the company didn't find the right platform/promotion for him...I'm sure there were some potential hits here....possibly they chose the wrong 45s?

ROAD TO HAPPINESS
I HEAR A RHAPSODY
I'LL BE LOVING YOU
LOST
DOWN TO EARTH
HAD YOU BEEN AROUND
LOVE IS GONE
JUST LOVING YOU
FANTASY
MAYBE TODAY
TOGETHER TILL THE END OF TIME
I WONDER WHY ( NOBODY LOVES ME)
I'VE BEEN BLESSED
THANK YOU LOVE
ANYONE HERE GOING MY WAY
MY CUP RUNNETH OVER
ASK THE LONELY
OH HOW HAPPY
THE LOVE LINE
KICKIN' STONES
UMBRELLA MAN
I JUST DON'T HAVE THE TIME
LOVE IS LIKE AN OLD MAN
LOOKIN' DOWN
IF YOU ARE REALLY HAPPY
I WISH YOU WERE HERE
THE ANSWER IS LOVE
Today 03:33 PM

Ella Fitzgerald Barbie Doll

Not sure if this will necessarily interest anyone on this forum, but if anything, I think it's a wonderful thing that Mattel has honoured the legendary Ella Fitzgerald by creating a collectible Barbie doll...

https://www.amazon.com/Barbie-Fitzge...1324176&sr=8-1
Today 03:11 PM

Putting Motown Into The Context Of Its Time

This is a little something I came across in a book I hadn't read in some time. Struck me as an excellent blueprint of how Berry Gordy may have developed his psychology concerning just what the Motown Sound had to be for success across the board.

"To achieve lasting success in the white market, with all its opportunities for wealth...it was not possible to achieve such fame upon the vocal talents of a black group in isolation. Their records required an extra sophistication. To reach the white market and remain successful in it neccessitated surrounding black groups with the customary trappings of the popular white singer. Harmony was saccrificed as a chorus of chanting girls, elaborate percussion, a string orchestra and a heavenly choir became the norm. For the casual listener, it became increasingly difficult to distinguish a record made by a group from one made by a solo performer. Apart from the lead singer, the remainder of the group were now content to mouth an unobtrusive drift of stereotyped "oohs" and "aahs." There was little point in doing anything else for, very soon, even this small contribution was drowned amidst a welter of instrumental combinations. Moreover, a female chours...allowed no room for the exquisite harmony for which black groups had previously been noted."
Today 03:38 PM

Motown Performers FIRST Television Appearances

I was just reading the following in Robin Seymour's new book just published.

Johnny Carson asked his guest Smokey Robinson "Your first appearance on television was on American Bandstand, right?" "No," Smokey replied. "My first television appearance was 1965 in Detroit on a local dance show called Swingin' Time, hosted by Robin Seymour."

First I ever heard this about Smokey.

Now, let's try to see if we can have a running tabulation of the other Motown artists and where their first television appearance was. Let's try to cover as many as we can. This should be interesting.

Thanks for any input you can provide on this question.

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