Today 04:45 PM

Happy Birthday to Joe Billingslea of The Contours

A very Happy 82nd Birthday to Joe Billingslea of the Contours!!!
Today 03:52 PM

Studio LP: Fastest Turn Around from Conception to Release

I was thinking about music releases today; how it's not uncommon for an artist to go years, or sometimes decades, between albums.

Motown on the other hand was a music machine, pumping out 2 or 3 or 5 albums on one artist in a year, sometimes releasing multiple albums on the same day.

Was wondering, sans live albums, from start to finish, what Motown LP was recorded in the shortest amount of time? While a majority of the LPs have songs that span over a few years, there must be examples of albums not including anything vaulted.

The only one that comes to mind might be "Sam Cooke" by the Supremes. Sam passed on December 11, 1964; their tribute was recorded, mixed, packaged and released 4 months later on April 12, 1965. Any other artists or examples of something faster?
Today 04:18 PM

Ronnie Spector and soulful pop/r&b and pop this Saturday night on PBS

Hi friends:

Of course there's some Motown on the set, here's a link to the details:

and here's a preview with some soulful R&B and pop:
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Ronnie Spector is sensational in two newly recorded Christmas tunes!
This Saturday Night on PBS (check local listings)
Today 02:51 PM

New 2-CD sets Exclusive to HMV

Two budget releases exclusive to HMV released today at £3.99 each. Both are 2-CD sets titled "All The Greats"

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Today 01:23 PM

Most Versions by Motown Artists....Who's Loving You???

I was wondering what the most recorded in house title was....is it safe to assume its "Who's Loving You"?

Brenda Halloway

did I miss anybody???
Today 12:59 PM

Vandellas Questions: Heatwave to Dancing

Another topic question has brought me here:

With the success of "Heatwave" as a single, Motown hurriedly threw an LP together to ride the wave of success. The LP itself however was all (mostly?) cover songs, and no other singles were released.

Heatwave (single) was released on July 10, 1963.....it would be over a year, not until July 31, 1964 until their next single "Dancing ITS" would be released.

Why so long between singles? Why didn't Motown try and strike while the iron was hot?

Furthermore, while the "Heatwave" LP was a rush job, it would be another year and a half until their next LP "Dance Party" was released.

Did Motown drop the ball? I realize the Supremes were HOT and the focus of attention went to them, but there's no denying a #4 Pop and #1 R&B hit didn't deserve some sort of timely followup.


Ralph Terrana

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