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  1. #1

    If you had to choose just 1...?

    Now this is a really difficult one: if you had to choose just 1 label of artists and music to keep from Motown’s 7 main labels, to the extent that none of the other labels artists and music have ever existed, which 1 would it be?

    Bear in mind, if you choose MOTOWN, you lose Marvin, Stevie and the Temptations; if you choose GORDY, you’ve never had The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Miracles or The Marvelettes; if you choose TAMLA, you would have never heard The Vandellas, The Velvelettes, Jr Walker or Gladys!!

    …for the record …I chose to keep TAMLA…! …now your turn…and here’s lists of all 7 labels’ artists …from the classic 1959 to 1976 era …to help you make your choice…!


    GORDY


    Bob Kayli
    Bobby Taylor
    Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
    Bunny Paul
    Buzzie
    Edwin Starr
    Edwin Starr & Blinky
    Eivets Rednow
    Eric & The Vikings
    Hattie Littles
    Jay & The Techniques
    Kim Weston
    LaBrenda Ben & The Beljeans
    Lee & The Leopards
    Leon Ware
    Liz Lands
    Luther Allison
    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    Mike & The Modifiers
    Paul Williams
    Ralph Sharon
    Rev Martin Luther King
    Rita Wright
    San Remo Golden Strings
    Terry Johnson
    Tommy Good
    The Contours
    The Darnells
    The Festivals
    The Lollipops
    The Stylers
    The Temptations
    The Undisputed Truth


    MOTOWN

    Amos Milburn
    Art & Honey
    Barbara McNair
    Barrett Strong
    Billy Eckstine
    Blinky
    Bob Horn
    Bobby Breen
    Bobby Darin
    Bobby Womack
    Bottom & Company
    Captain Zap & Motortown Cut-Ups
    Carolyn Crawford
    Caston & Majors
    Celebration
    Charlene Duncan
    Chip Hand
    Choker Campbell & His 16-Piece Band
    Chris Clark
    Chuck Jackson
    Connie Haines
    Connie Van Dyke
    CP Spencer
    Dan The Banjo Man
    David Ruffin
    Debbie Dean
    Diahann Carroll
    Diana Ross
    Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye
    Diana Ross & The Supremes
    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    Dickey & The Poseidons
    Different Shades Of Brown
    Earthquire
    Eddie Holland
    Edwin Starr
    Eric & The Vikings
    Eugene Remus
    Frankie Valli
    Frankie Valli & Four Seasons
    Freddie Perren
    GC Cameron
    Gil Askey
    Gloria Jones
    Gordon Staples & Motown Strings
    Henry Lumpkin
    Herman Griffin
    Holland & Dozier
    Irene Granny Ryan
    Jackie Jackson
    Jermaine Jackson
    Jerry Butler
    Jimmy Randolph
    Joe Frazier
    Joe Harnell
    Jonah Jones
    Junior Walker
    Kathe Green
    Kim Weston
    Lenny Williams
    Leslie Uggams
    Libra
    Linda Griner
    Little Lisa
    Marbaya
    Martin & Finley
    Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells
    Mary Wells
    Matrix
    Michael Edward Campbell
    Michael Jackson
    Michel Legrand
    Paul Petersen
    Philip Lambro
    Popcorn & The Mohawks
    Puzzle
    Reuben Howell
    Red Jones
    Richard Popcorn Wylie & His Band
    Riot
    Ronnie McNeir
    Rose Banks
    Sammy Davis Jr
    Sammy Turner
    Scatman Crothers
    Severin Browne
    Sherri Taylor & Singin' Sammy Ward
    Sisters Love
    Soupy Sales
    Stacie Johnson
    Stephanie Mills
    Stephen Cohn
    Stoney
    Su Shifrin
    Suzie Ikeeda
    Syreeta
    Tammi Terrell
    The Allens
    The Boones
    The Commodores
    The Contours
    The Devastating Affair
    The Ding Dongs
    The Dynamic Superiors
    The Four Tops
    The Golden Harmoneers
    The Jackson 5
    The Jerry Ross Symposium
    The Magic Disco Machine
    The Morrocco Muzik Makers
    The Naturals
    The Ones
    The Originals
    The Pat Boone Family
    The Satintones
    The Serenaders
    The Spinners
    The Supremes
    The Supremes & The Four Tops
    The Twistin' Kings
    The Valadiers
    Thelma Houston
    Third Creation
    Tony Martin
    Vin Cardinal
    William Goldstein
    William Goldstein & Magic Disco Machine
    Willie Hutch
    Xit
    Yvonne Fair
    Zell Black


    MoWEST

    Art & Honey
    Blinky
    Bobby Darin
    Bobby Taylor
    Celebration
    Frankie Valli
    Frankie Valli & Four Seasons
    GC Cameron
    GC Cameron & Willie Hutch
    Gil Askey
    Hetherington
    Kubie
    Leo Bendix
    Lesley Gore
    Lodi
    Martin & Finley
    Michael Campbell
    Michel Legrand
    Michelle Aller
    Odyssey
    Phil Cordell
    Reuben Howell
    Riverhead
    Sisters Love
    Stacie Johnson
    Stoney
    Suzee Ikeda
    Syreeta
    The Blackberries
    The Commodores
    The Crusaders
    The Devastating Affair
    The Music Makers
    The Nu Page
    The Repairs
    Thelma Houston
    Tom Clay


    RARE EARTH

    Allan Nicholls
    Blue Scepter
    Brass Monkey
    Chris Holland & T-Bone
    Dan The Banjo Man
    Danny Hernandez & The Ones
    Dave Prince
    David Alexander
    Dennis Stoner
    Friendly Persuasion
    Howl The Good
    Keef James
    Ken Christie & The Sunday People
    Lost Nation
    Love Culture
    Magic
    Michael Denton
    Michael Edward Campbell
    My Friends
    Puzzle
    R Dean Taylor
    Rare Earth
    The Rough Riders
    Slowbone
    Slowbone & The Wonder Boys
    Sonny & The Sovereigns
    Sounds Nice
    Stoney & Meatloaf
    The Cats
    The Crystal Mansion
    The Easybeats
    The God Squad Featuring Leonard Caston
    The Impact Of Brass
    The John Wagner Coalition
    The Messengers
    The Poor Boys
    The Power Of Zeus
    The Pretty Things
    The Repairs
    The Rustix
    The Sunday Funnies
    The Virgil Brothers
    Toe Fat
    UFO
    Vincent Dimarco
    Wes Henderson
    Wolfe
    Xit


    SOUL

    Abdullah
    Barbara Randolph
    Billy Proctor
    Blinky
    Bob Babbitt
    David & Jimmy Ruffin
    Earl Van Dyke
    Earl Van Dyke & The Motown Brass
    Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers
    Frances Nero
    Frank Wilson
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    Jack Hammer
    Jamal Trice
    Jimmy Ruffin
    Joe Hinton
    Jr Walker & The All Stars
    Junior Walker
    Richard Popcorn Wylie
    Shorty Long
    The Fantastic Four
    The Freeman Brothers
    The Hit Pack
    The Merced Blue Notes
    The Monitors
    The Originals
    The Velvelettes
    Yvonne Fair


    TAMLA

    Barrett Strong
    Bob & Marcia
    Bob Kayli
    Brenda Holloway
    Chico Leverett
    Different Shades of Brown
    Eddie Kendricks
    Gino Parks
    Kiki Dee
    Kim Weston
    Little Otis
    Mable John
    Marv Johnson
    Marvin Gaye
    Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
    Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
    Mickey McCullers
    Mickey Woods
    Nick & The Jaguars
    Rev Columbus Mann
    Ron & Bill
    Sammy Ward
    Saundra Mallet & The Vandellas
    Smokey Robinson
    Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
    Stevie Wonder
    TŠta Vega
    The Courtship
    The Downbeats
    The Gospel Stars
    The Isley Brothers
    The Marvelettes
    The Miracles
    The Satintones
    Valerie Simpson
    Virgil Henry
    Willie Tyler & Lester



    VIP

    Chris Clark
    Chuck Jackson
    Danny Day
    Debbie Dean
    Dorsey Burnette
    Hearts of Stone
    Ivy Jo
    King Floyd
    Little Lisa
    Mickey McCullers
    Oma Heard
    Patrice Holloway
    Posse
    PJ
    R Dean Taylor
    Ray Oddis
    Richard Anthony
    Rick, Robin & Him
    The Abbey Tavern Singers
    The Andantes
    The Dalton Boys
    The Elgins
    The Headliners
    The Honest Men
    The Hornets
    The LaSalles
    The Lewis Sisters
    The Majestics
    The Monitors
    The Mynah Birds
    The Serenaders
    The Stylists
    The Underdogs
    The Velvelettes
    The Vows
    Tony & Carolyn

    Grape
    Last edited by grapevine; 08-25-2019 at 02:37 PM.

  2. #2
    Not difficult at all: Motown, for Supremes / Diana Ross, Four Tops, and Jackson Five / Michael Jackson.
    Last edited by Ngroove; 08-25-2019 at 11:22 PM.

  3. #3
    Hmmm not sure why this reply didn't register the first time.......

    First of all, interesting question.



    Secondly, what a horrible choice for any Motown fan to have to make!

    But to answer your question, I would choose Tamla for the combination of The Marvelettes, Marvin and Tammi, Smokey and Stevie.

  4. #4
    I cant....I just cant. but DRATS are my fav Motown group...so I guess Motown...and since its a fantasy I'll just make believe my other favs recorded for RCA or Capitol

  5. #5
    Tamla, because Marvin, Stevie and Smokey! It would suck having to give up the Temptations ( though I would have Eddie’s solo recordings), Four Tops and many others.

  6. #6
    Another thought that got lost in my first "disappearing" post............Who ARE all these people??????? I have probably never heard of nor seen any records by 30-40% of them!

  7. #7
    Two final questions and then I will shut up for the night.......

    A) Why is Edwin Starr listed twice? Didn't he record only on Gordy?

    B) The "Odyssey" that is mentioned is not the "Native New Yorker" disco group, right?

  8. #8
    ^^ Edwin Starr switched to Motown in 1973.
    Odyssey isn't the disco group.

  9. #9
    As I live in the UK I would chose the Tamla-Motown label to ensure that I would have most of the golden years, including What's Going On! I'd miss out on the early releases on Stateside etc. but I could live with that.

  10. #10
    Me too, rovereab!

    We would have the best of everything.

    Except....ahem...aren't we talking Tamla Motown, with no hyphen?

  11. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by westgrandboulevard View Post
    Me too, rovereab!

    We would have the best of everything.

    Except....ahem...aren't we talking Tamla Motown, with no hyphen?
    Ah yes, good spot - I was confused with the UK Tamla-Motown Appreciation Society!

  12. #12
    Even the TMAS sometimes used the hyphen, and sometimes not.

    So, all very easy to become confused.

    But what a fabulous way for it to happen.

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    What????? You didn't even consider Miracle Records, with The Temptations, The Equadors, The Valadiers, Miss Ray (Little Iva), Jimmy Ruffin, Pete Hartfield, Don MacKenzie, Joel Sebastian, and the rest???? Nor Melody, with The Pirates (Temptations), Creations, Lamont Dozier (my favourite song by him), Bruce Channel, The Vells (Martha and The Vandellas with a different lead), The Charters, and all those great C&W songs???? And not Workshop Jazz, with all that great Jazz??? And not Ray-Ber Records, with that great 2-sided Wade Jones record????

  14. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by 144man View Post
    ^^ Edwin Starr switched to Motown in 1973.
    Odyssey isn't the disco group.
    Edwin Starr also had singles on the Soul imprint ("Take Me Clear From Here", "There You Go" & "Who Is The Leader Of The People") before they put him on Motown. And about the main topic of this thread, I can't choose just one of Motown labels so I won't try.


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    Quote Originally Posted by daviddesper View Post
    Another thought that got lost in my first "disappearing" post............Who ARE all these people??????? I have probably never heard of nor seen any records by 30-40% of them!
    Only one / two acts was focused into stars at a time.

    As once told by a Supreme's own words in the "Dreamgirls" book, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas were also highly major in 1963 - 1964, but as time went on focusing more on the Supremes, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas gradually became less and less visible.

    But let's see....of lesser (rarer, non-top ten, thus lower, harder to find) Motown acts I've actually managed to find records of: Billy Eckstine (Motown years, as otherwise, he was a hitmaker), Barbara McNair (Motown years, otherwise she was a major songstress), Monitors, Fantastic Four, and once found a pre-Motown Carlton Bob Kayli.

    Otherwise, yes, Supremes, Four Tops, Temptations, and Jackson Five 45s, they are still easy to find, due to the fact they were top priority, thus top high volume of pressings.

    Oh yeah, also once found a Mary Wilson....not trying to "troll" or anything, but am aware that Motown allowed them to quickly slip into the back of the bargain bins...how did I manage the luck to stumble onto one...was it pure luck?

  16. #16
    interesting breakdown of acts and so many!!

    Tamla

    that would provide me my favorite Motown disco song , DONT LEAVE ME THIS WAY , (as Thelma was on Tamla ,not Motown as listed) , and Marvin , Stevie and of course:

    ....'boogie down baybee' ..............
    Last edited by Boogiedown; 08-26-2019 at 01:54 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robb_k View Post
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    What????? You didn't even consider Miracle Records
    ...no Robb ...just stuck with the main 7 ...but if Miracle Records is your fave...the same rules apply ...!!!!

  18. #18
    Why would you torture me like this. I will always need The Temptations in my life, but I also need Marvin Gaye🤔 I canít!

  19. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by NativeNuYorker View Post
    Why would you torture me like this. I will always need The Temptations in my life, but I also need Marvin Gaye樂 I can’t!
    Just choose the first label, act associated with label, that springs to your mind.

    If a Temptations' "Gordy" record pops first, then say "Gordy". If a Marvin Gaye "Tamla" pops first, then say "Tamla".

    But mine, Motown. Motown, the instant, natural name that definitely is "Motown" in big rainbow-colored print, don't have to read the smaller print "Trademark of Motown Record Corp" to know it is Motown.

    Motown, still had a legendary line-up, such as started with Mary Wells. Then she left, so the stardom went to the Supremes. Also home of the fun of the Four Tops. And Jackson Five. And Commodores. Before long afterwards, by a point in the middle of the eighties, everyone ended up Motown anyways, including Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and Smokey Robinson.
    Last edited by Ngroove; 08-29-2019 at 01:24 AM.

  20. #20
    Motown for Diana / Supremes. (Sorry Martha, Wanda, Cal, Brenda, and Kim. We were tortured and coerced!)

  21. #21
    Motown for Supremes, Mary Wells, 4 Tops, Spinners. Gordy not far behind.
    Last edited by luke; 08-30-2019 at 10:00 PM.

  22. #22
    While physically the[gordy]lable has always been my fav,but without the [tamla]lable with smokey-it won't work -the classic temps-marvin-mary wells they all needed smokey's writing.

  23. #23
    Motown, definitely. For The Supremes, Diana Ross, The Four Tops, Mary Wells, Diana & Marvin.

  24. #24
    Thankfully I'd never have to make this decision in real life but for the sake of the thread
    I'll pick Gordy. Temptations forever and all that. I've got a dozen girl groups on other
    labels I'd keep before the Supremes. Brenda I'd simply kidnap (...

  25. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by splanky View Post
    Thankfully I'd never have to make this decision in real life but for the sake of the thread
    I'll pick Gordy. Temptations forever and all that. I've got a dozen girl groups on other
    labels I'd keep before the Supremes. Brenda I'd simply kidnap (...
    Kidnap Brenda? LOL!!!!!

  26. #26
    I'd pick Motown just for the lovely rainbow classic Motown logo...

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