Tag: Berry Gordy

The Falcons

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: The Falcons, “I Found A Love”

At one time or another Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, and Sir Mack Rice were members of the Falcons...

Motown collage

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Soul Serenade: Motown, The Sound Of Young America

A splendid new visual history of the legendary soul label...

Johnny Bristol

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Soul Serenade: Johnny Bristol, “Hang On In There Baby”

Johnny Bristol had already had an amazing career when he scored his biggest hit...

Frank Wilson

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Soul Serenade: Frank Wilson, “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)”

The one single that Frank Wilson released is one of the most collectible records in history...

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Soul Serenade: The Velvelettes, “Needle In A Haystack”

Norman Whitfield and the Velvelettes were a match made in soul music heaven...

Music, The Friday Five

The Friday Five: January 2, 2015

It's the Friday Five! Shuffle through five random tracks from your library and share it with the Popdose community....

Soul Serenade - The Contours

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Soul Serenade: The Contours, “First I Look at the Purse”

The Contours were one of the most high-energy acts ever signed to Motown...

Mary Wells

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Soul Serenade: Mary Wells, “My Guy”

Mary Wells was the First Lady of Motown...

Music, The Friday Five

The Friday Five: June 7, 2013

Shuffle. Rinse. Repeat x5. What is on your Friday Five?...

The Supremes

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Diana Ross And The Supremes, “Reflections”

Florence Ballard was part of one last hit before she was brutally dismissed from the Supremes...

Martha & the Vandellas

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Soul Serenade: Martha & The Vandellas, “Come And Get These Memories”

Martha & the Vandellas had their first hit with their second Gordy single...

Book Reviews, Books, Music

Book Review: Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown’s First Superstar

An interesting new book takes a look at the life, successes and troubles of Motown's first "First Lady," Mary Wells....

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Soul Serenade: The Drifters, “There Goes My Baby”

The Drifters were legendary for their music, and their story...

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Soul Serenade: Stevie Wonder, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”

We lost Funk Brother Bob Babbitt this week, He played on countless Motown hits, including this Stevie Wonder classic....

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Soul Serenade: The Four Tops, “Bernadette”

The Four Tops smash "Bernadette" was just one of the hundreds of Motown hits that featured the bass playing of the legendary James...

AM Gold: 1969

Digging for Gold, Music

Digging for Gold: The Time-Life “AM Gold” Series, Part 29

1969 --The year Hair dominated the American airwaves. The first of several Hair cover songs debuts on AM Gold this week....

AM Gold: 1964

Digging for Gold, Music

Digging for Gold: The Time-Life “AM Gold” Series, Part 11

Another Wednesday, another batch of AM Gold for your listening pleasure. This week rolls on with the third installment from 1964....

AM Gold: 1964

Digging for Gold, Music

Digging for Gold: The Time-Life “AM Gold” Series, Part 9

AM Gold: 1964 beckons! Enjoy the Supremes and the Zombies! Make it through Gene Pitney!...

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Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: The Marvelettes, “Playboy”

The Marvelettes were Motown's first successful female group, and they scored the company's first number one pop hit. In all they scored 21...

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Soul Serenade: The Ronettes, “Be My Baby”

In which our own Ken Shane and Jim Fusilli of the Wall Street Journal debate the merits of Phil Spector's work in light of his murder...

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Digging for Gold, Music

Digging for Gold: The Time-Life “AM Gold” Series, Part 1

Popdose breaks down the first five songs from Time-Life Music's AM Gold: 1962 compilation album, and takes time to enjoy a classic 1980s...

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Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Jr. Walker & the All Stars, “What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)”

As part of a week of tributes to the late Clarence Clemons, Ken Shane features a musician who had a major impact on Clarence's musical...

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Consumerism

Consumerism: The Motown Tour

Berry Gordy, Jr. served in Korea, returned to Detroit, got a job at Ford, and started writing songs for his friend Jackie Wilson. Gordy...

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Soul Serenade: Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers, “Does Your Mama Know About Me”

In 1968, the guitarist for an obscure group wrote a song that became a Top 30 hit. He went on to legendary success, but not as a...

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Soul Serenade: The Moonglows, “Sincerely”

Harvey Fuqua died on Tuesday. He was 80 years-old. Fuqua was from Louisville, KY, where in 1951 he founded a group called the Crazy Sounds....

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Music, Popdose Guides

The Popdose Guide to Michael Jackson, Part One

On the eve of the first anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, Mike Heyliger begins his look back at the King of Pop's discography....

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Film, Soundtrack Saturday

Soundtrack Saturday: “The Last Dragon”

It's the 25th anniversary of "The Last Dragon" (that dragon's old enough to rent a car!), and Kelly Stitzel's got the lowdown on the movie...

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DVD Reviews, Film

DVD Review: “Motown: The DVD”

Let’s begin with the facts. Motown: The DVD contains 18 vintage clips of Motown artists performing some of their best known songs....

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Human Nature, “Reach Out”

“In the style of the boy-band vocal bands of the time, Human Nature became Australia’s most successful pop group of the...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Marvin Gaye in Tokyo, November ’79

As mayor of Bootleg City, I’ve decided to make some changes around these parts. You see, recently I noticed that our fair city really...