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100 PROOF Aged in Soul

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Soul Serenade: 100 PROOF Aged in Soul, “Somebody’s Been Sleeping”

When Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown in 1968 the team needed new hitmakers. They found them in 100 PROOF....

Marvin Gaye - Gladys Knight & the Pips

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Soul Serenade: “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” — Who Did It Best?

Two classic versions of one classic song. Which is your favorite?...

The Radiants

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Soul Serenade: The Radiants, “It Ain’t No Big Thing”

The Radiants were a Chicago group that deserved more success than they had...

Barrett Strong

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Soul Serenade: Barrett Strong, “Money (That’s What I Want)”

Barrett Strong had an early hit but found real success as a Motown songwriter...

Willie Hutch

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Soul Serenade: Willie Hutch, “Love Power”

Willie Hutch was a producer, songwriter, arranger, and hit-maker with 1975's "Love Power"...

Jackie Ross

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Soul Serenade: Jackie Ross, “Selfish One”

When the world was waiting for another Mary Wells hit Jackie Ross stepped up...

Lamont Dozier

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Soul Serenade: Lamont Dozier, “Fish Ain’t Bitin'”

Best known as a songwriter/producer, Lamont Dozier also had hits on his own...

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Soul Serenade: Stevie Wonder, “I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)”

Stevie Wonder broke new artistic ground with a trio of classic albums...

The Undisputed Truth

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Soul Serenade: The Undisputed Truth, “Smiling Faces Sometimes”

The Undisputed Truth's hit was one of many in the storied career of producer Norman Whitfield...

Rare Earth

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Soul Serenade: Rare Earth, “Get Ready”

Rare Earth scored big with two Temptations covers, and more...

Soul Serenade - Shorty Long

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Soul Serenade: Shorty Long, “Function At The Junction”

Shorty Long's should-have-been smash from 1966...

Soul Serenade - David Ruffin

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Soul Serenade: David Ruffin, “My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)”

A Motown immortal is celebrated in recent reissues...

Soul Serenade - Edwin Starr

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Soul Serenade: Edwin Starr, “Twenty-Five Miles”

Before "War" Edwin Starr hit it big with "25 Miles"...

Soul Serenade - Brenda Holloway

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Soul Serenade: Brenda Holloway, “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”

Brenda Holloway hit it big. A year later BS&T hit it bigger....

The Elgins

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Soul Serenade: The Elgins, “Heaven Must Have Sent You”

The Elgins revived a name at Motown that the Temptations had discarded...

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Soul Serenade: Freda Payne, “Band Of Gold”

Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown in 1967 and started their own label. One of their best signings was singer Freda Payne....

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Soul Serenade: Jackie Wilson, “Lonely Teardrops”

Jackie Wilson was a superstar in the '50s and '60s. His signature song was the the 1958 smash "Lonely Teardrops."...

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Soul Serenade: Gladys Knight & The Pips, “Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)”

Gladys Knight & the Pips were one of the biggest acts of the '70s. They reached their Motown peak with a Jim Weatherly penned hit in 1973....

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Soul Serenade: Brenda Holloway, “Every Little Bit Hurts”

Brenda Holloway isn't often included in the discussion of great female Motown vocalists. Ken Shane tells us why she deserves to be....

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Soul Serenade: Marvin Gaye, “What’s Going On”

May 21 marked the 40th anniversary of the release of Marvin Gaye's landmark album What's Going On. Ken Shane has an appreciation....