Yesterday 01:27 PM

Berry Gordy, Joni Mitchell, Bette Midler, & More Celebrated At Kennedy Center Honors

From UDiscoverMusic.com-
This year’s Kennedy Center honorees Joni Mitchell, Bette Midler, Berry Gordy, Lorne Michaels, and Justino Díaz were celebrated this weekend with a reception at The White House, a medallion ceremony at The Library of Congress and a formal, black-tie event at the performing arts center’s Opera House. The tributes and performances were filmed for a special broadcast that will air on CBS on December 22.
President Joe Biden and the First Lady attended the gala event Sunday night, a return to tradition that did not go unnoticed by host David Letterman. “It is very nice to see the presidential box once again being occupied,” Letterman said. In President Trump’s four years in office, neither he nor Melania Trump attended the Kennedy Center Honors.

Boxer turned songwriter and entrepreneur Berry Gordy turned an $800 loan from his family into a multimedia empire. The Motown mastermind brought the soul of Detroit to the rest of the world with artists like Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, and many others. Stevie Wonder recalled his first meeting with Gordy. “I was 11 years old and you said ‘Ok, I heard you’re good. What do you do?’ And I said ‘I play harmonica and I sing.’ I said, ‘As a matter of fact, I can sing better than Smokey Robinson.’”
After receiving his medallion, an emotional Berry Gordy told the audience, “I am so blessed to be in the company of the other honorees, this particular group of honorees whom I have known and admired for a long, long time.” Gordy continued, “to get to meet them and talk to them and let them know how much I appreciate them has been a wonderful feeling for me tonight.”
Upon receiving his nomination, Berry Gordy said, “The Arts not only give voice to the voiceless, but connect us, transform us, and soothe our souls. The Kennedy Center Honors epitomizes the recognition and value of both the Arts, and the Artist. I am thrilled to become a part of this prestigious American legacy.
“Growing up in Detroit, I was not only Black but the ‘black sheep’ of my family. I was a failure at everything I did until I was 29 years old, while my younger brother Robert was not only a family favorite, but strangely, a favorite of mine as well. He inspired me with his loyalty, love, and graciousness. Throughout the years I’ve been blessed with many wonderful memories, but this – the Kennedy Center Honors – is one that will be forever in my heart. Thank you.”
Visit the Kennedy Center’s official website for more information.

Yesterday 09:23 AM

Nice washington post article about berry gordy and motown

Interesting story about Berry Gordy and Motown in Washington Post. Berry is a Kennedy Center honoree and will be honored this Sunday. The event will be broadcast on CBS at a later date. I wonder which Motown artists will be there to honor him

12-06-2021 06:40 PM

FOREVER - remix by Marvin Gaye and the Marvelettes

I came across this version totally by accident. I had never heard Marvin Gaye's version and doing some research I discovered that there is a remix
version by Marvin Gaye and the Marvelettes.

How many other members have been aware of this?


Not a bad song but the Marvelettes performance is in my opinion one of their very best songs ever recorded by them.
12-02-2021 06:21 PM

Wife of Legendary Music Exec Clarence Avant Shot and Killed During Home Invasion

Horrible news. The fact that Clarence’s condition is “unclear” gives me a worse feeling, though:

Yesterday 03:55 PM

The Temptations Announce ‘TEMPTATIONS 60’ Album [1/28/2022-UMe]

From UDiscoverMusic.com:
The Temptations have today [3] announced details of their much-anticipated new album. In honor of their 60th anniversary year and its ongoing celebrations, it will be titled TEMPTATIONS 60 and released by UMe on January 28, 2022.
The album consists of nearly all-original songs that are both modern and classic in feel and sound, and features the track “Is It Gonna Be Yes Or No,” written and produced by and featuring Motown superstar and longtime Tempts collaborator Smokey Robinson. The song was released as a lead single in September.

As well as showcasing tracks produced by members of the “Emperors of Soul,” the album brings their modern-day line-up together with another key producer/collaborator in their unmatched history, Narada Michael Walden. The Grammy-winning Walden, who produced their last platinum-selling album, 1998’s Phoenix Rising, oversees the biographical “When We Were Kings.” The celebratory track is available now and sums up the Temptations’ legacy to this point, namechecking many of the group’s members. “Breaking My Back,” meanwhile, is a new love song evoking the sound of their classic catalog.
Dr. Otis Williams, the group’s founding member and executive producer of the album, who celebrated his 80th birthday on October 30, says: “Our new album carries with it, our legacy, our love of music and our hope that through our music we can uplift and bring people together. Most of all, we want fans to enjoy it and share it with family and friends around the world. It’s a thank you gift from our hearts to all of our fans, past, present and future.”

True to the group’s tradition, the new album combines love songs with topical tracks. Along with Dennis Nelson and Thomas “TC” Campbell, Williams co-produced five of its 12 tracks, including the harmony-infused ballad “Calling Out Your Name” and the uptempo “You Don’t Know Your Woman” and “How Do You Spell Love.”
Another highlight, co-produced by Williams, is an updated version of “Come On,” the first recording by Otis Williams & the Distants, precursors to the Temptations, in 1959. It features a special monologue about the group’s history.
Longtime Temptation leading vocalist and songwriter Ron Tyson, who joined the group in 1983, co-produced two tracks with Campbell. They are “Time For The People,” a powerful statement addressing modern issues that’s described as a “Ball of Confusion” for the 21st century, and the island-flavored love song, “I Want It Right Now.”
Also on board is Dave Darling, who produced the group’s last album, 2018’s acclaimed All The Time, and who supervises a cover of “My Whole World Stopped Without You,” the song by Hollywood, California-based, modern-day R&B band Vintage Trouble.
The album opens with the uniquely contemporary “Let it Reign,” featuring Queens New York-based hip-hop artist K. Sparks. It represents the latest bold update by a group who have never shied away from reinvention and experimentation, echoing the sonic update of “Cloud Nine” in the late 1960s and incorporating hip-hop, smooth jazz, and their deeply soulful elements.

Pre-order TEMPTATIONS 60, which is released on January 28, 2022.

Listen to "When We Were Kings" from TEMPTATIONS 60;


Ralph Terrana

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