By the mid sixties, the seeds
of a new music genre, planted by Berry Gordy Jr.
of Detroit, had taken the world by storm.
Little Stevie Wonder,
the Supremes, the Four Tops, the
names that would be emblazoned across the marquees of the
world, emerged from their humble origins in the ghettoes
of Detroit and crossed the racial divide to capture the hearts
and souls of people all over the world.
As a result of Motown's
success, record companies blossomed all over Detroit and as
many as 400 labels plied their wares during that fruitful era.
Many were unsuccessful, but their product was of such high
quality, that it has been sought after by tens of
thousands of fans in the United Kingdom.
Those fans form a cult known
as The Northern Soul Scene. It was christened Northern
Soul at The Twisted Wheel club in Manchester, England, in
1971, due to the fact that those enjoying the music were
mainly based in the North of England.
For thirty years
now the Northern Soul Scene has survived, and is actually peaking again, as fans flock back
to listen to the music of their youth.
Indeed, the music has played such
a big part in my own life, that it led me to the
streets and buildings where it was all created...... The
City of Detroit.
Notes thanks to MWRB.
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