The Empire on West Grand Boulevard

2657 West Grand Blvd.

This was Motown's other building on West Grand Boulevard.

It was used for Artist Development, and is situated diagonally across the road from Hitsville.

I wonder if the extension to the rear  was where choreographer Cholly Atkins worked with those amazing stars?

Miss Maxine Powell, who was well respected by all who knew her,  was also based in number 2657, where she was in charge of poise and presentation. 

Veteran bandleader, Maurice King, taught vocal exercises and sophisticated arrangements. Maurice was well known for his work at the Flame Show Bar on John R.

Also working on artist development were Gil Askey (Arrangements), and Johnnie Allen (Rehearsal Pianist).

Notes thanks to David Meikle



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