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Today 04:34 PM

Motowniest Non Motown Song?

What non Motown label song do you think sounds most like a Motown Song?

Covers of Motown songs donít count

I would say Cool Jerk by the Capitols but if I remember right wasnít it all Funk Brothers playing on it? Which to me would disqualify it

I always thought that Karma Chameleon by Boy George had a Motownesque feel to it

When the Motown sound became a phenomenon a lot of labels and artists tried to emulate it

Who do you think did it the best?
Today 07:46 PM

Audio Engineering Society - Motown Studio Technical Talk [ Bob Olhsson & John Windt ]

Came across this yesterday which might be of interest to the members with a technical/recording interest in all things Motown.

Our very own Bob Olhsson, and the late Mike McLean's no.2 in the technical engineering department, John Windt.



Quite a long video, but well worth the watch!

Cheers

Paul
Today 01:14 PM

Mable John Tamla 45's

I am a little puzzled about something. There were a total of four Mable John 45's issued by Tamla.

Tamla 54031 ---- 54040 ---- 54081
All of these were shown on the label as MABLE JOHN.

The unique one is Tamla 54050 - Actions Speak Louder Than Words.
This is shown on the label as MABEL [not Mable] John.

I was looking on discogs and there are copies of the first three with some of each for sale; however, on the 54050 there are NONE for sale.

Could this be because of the misspelling of her first name - doubtful!

Does anyone have any insight into why none of 54050 are available for people to buy? It is the only one of the three I do not have in my collection.

Mable is someone who RARELY gets any attention on the Motown Forum.
Today 04:51 PM

Smokey's tearjerkers

Part of the genious of the master songwriter is just as he's written happy songs of love, with one stroke of his mighty pen he will write a sonnett so sad that you'll reach for the hanky...the sadness of[the tracks of my tears]the dire warning to those at[the fork in the road]the desperate plea of[oo baby baby]the loneliness of[i can't find]do you have a fav? For me the greatest song ever written about lost love is[i can't find].
03-02-2021 09:44 AM

Songs with dances in the title

Mickey's Monkey
Twistin' Postman
Come On Do the Jerk
Can You Jerk Like Me?
Shotgun
Hitchhike

All of the above songs were original compositions released on various Motown labels, and all contain the names of dances.

I know there are more. Can you name more songs released by Motown that contain the names of dances that are NOT covers?

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