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    Artists couldn't pay bills from singles sales. ...

    Artists couldn't pay bills from singles sales.

    The good news is that anybody with an internet connection can stream. Look at what Valerie Simpson has done!
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    A 12" package would solve it. I've been imagining...

    A 12" package would solve it. I've been imagining a gatefold jacket with a USB socket.

    Ostin created coffee table album covers at Verve and went on to Warner Bros.

    The music fragmented because...
  4. My wife was Cosby's lab partner at Temple. When...

    My wife was Cosby's lab partner at Temple. When her son worked with him on a TV show and tried to say hello, he got all uptight and denied ever knowing her. Now we know why.
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    I'll never forget mixing a song with Billie Jean...

    I'll never forget mixing a song with Billie Jean Brown. At one point she turned to me and said "I've had enough, fade it!"

    The reason for fades was that the volume level of a 45 drops like a rock...
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    - I'm in Nashville TN wearing a mask in public...

    I'm in Nashville TN wearing a mask in public because of the idiots around here who won't get vaccinated.
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    Losing the physical package was the problem....

    Losing the physical package was the problem. Album jackets engage listeners with artists. They were how Herb Alpert [A&M) and Mo Ostin [Verve, Warner Brothers) moved the market from singles to...
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    Motown, and every other Indi label, could only...

    Motown, and every other Indi label, could only get paid when we had another single that the stores and distributors needed. Berry Gordy's genius was the idea of records failing inside the company as...
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    We are really talking about the transition from...

    We are really talking about the transition from the singles economy to the album economy.

    Berry and Barney had top-40 airplay and record sales completely wired without any payola. Motown spent...
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    Norman Smith, the original Beatles engineer, was...

    Norman Smith, the original Beatles engineer, was surprised to find that it was no problem achieving "the Motown Sound" at EMI/Abbey Road when he recorded the Funk Brothers. I visited London in 1969...
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    Prior to the mid 1960s, the center of the...

    Prior to the mid 1960s, the center of the recording industry had been in Chicago which was convenient to Detroit. Motown's staff and musicians began migrating to LA because the entire industry from...
  12. That's great!

    That's great!
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    Most likely both Uriel and ”Pistol!”

    Most likely both Uriel and ”Pistol!”
  14. - I'm glad those sources corrected themselves. I...

    I'm glad those sources corrected themselves. I first explored this after hearing the Time Jumpers, a western swing group here in Nashville. I posted something about the missing credits and got a...
  15. - According to Cab Calloway, Chick Webb invented...

    According to Cab Calloway, Chick Webb invented swing. One of his singer/sax soloists, Louis Jordan literally turned it into rock and roll. Neither one gets the credit that they deserve.
  16. I should add that I'm not certain that Berry...

    I should add that I'm not certain that Berry Gordy and his family fully realize how brilliantly the company was managed. I certainly had no idea until I dealt with the major labels years later.
  17. Chicago was the center of the recording industry...

    Chicago was the center of the recording industry between the 1930s and late 1960s when most of it moved to Los Angeles. Chicago was the production center for the NBC and CBS radio networks. Detroit...
  18. It's important to understand what we were doing....

    It's important to understand what we were doing. Releasing a single was a pretty expensive proposition by the time you paid for manufacturing, shipping and promotion aligning airplay with live shows...
  19. Ken Scott told me Jeff took the tapes to him for...

    Ken Scott told me Jeff took the tapes to him for a mix and Mickey Most showed up demanding that they be handed over. I've read that Jeff is considering releasing the recordings so he must have them...
  20. Jeff and Micky Most, the producer, hadn't been...

    Jeff and Micky Most, the producer, hadn't been speaking to each other for months which didn't exactly help the situation. It was Beck's drummer, Cozy Powell. He was really good. Beck wanted Babbitt...
  21. I'll be happy to answer any questions!

    I'll be happy to answer any questions!
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    Most of the world's great arrangers play trumpet...

    Most of the world's great arrangers play trumpet or trombone. They think in counterpoint. That's a big deal.
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    Motown was never the principal source of income...

    Motown was never the principal source of income for the musicians. Many had moved on as Detroit's advertising and broadcast work left and the live music scene wound down.
  24. The US actually HAD all of that while Motown was...

    The US actually HAD all of that while Motown was in Detroit before Republicans began tearing it all apart!
  25. Why was simply because there were more great...

    Why was simply because there were more great songs than the company could afford to release.
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