Tag: Motown Records

Chairmen of the Board

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Soul Serenade: The Chairmen of the Board, “Give Me Just a Little More Time”

The Chairmen of the Board teamed up with Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland to create a Beach Music classic...

The Marvelettes

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Soul Serenade: The Marvelettes, “When You’re Young and in Love”

One year ago in this column, I featured Ruby and the Romantics and their 1963 smash hit “Our Day Will Come.” The record was so...

The New Birth

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Soul Serenade: The New Birth, “Wildflower”

The New Birth was an ever-shifting assemblage that scored a big hit in 1974...

Dennis Edwards

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Soul Serenade: The Temptations, “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)”

When Dennis Edwards replaced David Ruffin in the Temptations their sound changed but the hits kept coming...

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...

The Commodores

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Soul Serenade: The Commodores, “Brick House”

The Commodores scored hit after hit in the '70s and '80s...

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...

The Originals

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Soul Serenade: The Originals, “Baby, I’m For Real”

Known primarily as background singers, the Originals got some help from Marvin Gaye and had their own hits...

Dennis Coffey

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Soul Serenade: Dennis Coffey, “Scorpio”

Legendary studio guitarist Dennis Coffey had a hit of his own in '71...

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...

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...

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...

Wilton Felder

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Soul Serenade: Wilton Felder, “(No Matter How High I Get) I’ll Still Be Lookin’ Up To You”

A career of brilliant variety came to an end when Wilton Felder died this week...

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...

Rare Earth

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Soul Serenade: Rare Earth, “Get Ready”

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

The 5th Dimension

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Soul Serenade: The 5th Dimension, “One Less Bell To Answer”

The 5th Dimension had one of their biggest hits with a Bacharach-David classic...

Billy Preston

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Soul Serenade: Billy Preston, “Will It Go Round In Circles”

"Will It Go Round In Circles" was one of the biggest hits in a legendary career...

The Isley Brothers

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Soul Serenade: The Isley Brothers, “That Lady”

"That Lady" was a crowning moment in a legendary career...

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...

Soul Serenade - Kim Weston

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Soul Serenade: Kim Weston, “Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)”

Kim Weston - a Motown legend who could have had 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 - The Dramatics

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Soul Serenade: The Dramatics, “In The Rain”

Rain! Thunder! The dramatic Dramatics!...

Soul Serenade - Eddie Kendricks

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Soul Serenade: Eddie Kendricks, “Keep On Truckin'”

David Ruffin was not the only Temptation who went on to solo success...

Soul Serenade - Jimmy Ruffin

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Soul Serenade: Jimmy Ruffin, “What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted”

Jimmy Ruffin's biggest hit is a Motown classic...

Soul Serenade - Ashford & Simpson

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Soul Serenade: Ashford & Simpson, “Solid”

The legendary songwriters had a smash of their own in '84...