Tag: Smokey Robinson

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Linda Creed, Songwriter

“Linda Creed was such a sweet young lady. She started out wanting to be a singer and she wasn’t a bad singer but she was a...

Music, Popdose Interviews

Popdose Q&A: Tahiti 80’s Xavier Boyer

"That's what I like about pop music: the only truth is the three and a half minutes of music you're presenting to the audience."...

Dizzy Heights, Music

Dizzy Heights #26: Mom

Have you thanked your mother lately? No, seriously, thank your mother. ...

Willie Hutch

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Willie Hutch, “Love Power”

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

Jackie Ross

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Jackie Ross, “Selfish One”

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

Johnny Bristol

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

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

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

Natalie Cole

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Natalie Cole, “This Will Be”

Natalie Cole emerged from a large shadow to become a star in her own right...

The Undisputed Truth

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

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

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Rare Earth, “Get Ready”

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

Brenda & the Tabulations

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Brenda & The Tabulations, “Dry Your Eyes”

The sweet sound of early Philly Soul raced up the charts in '67...

Soul Serenade - My Girl at 50

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: The Temptations, “My Girl” at 50

An American classic turns 50 on Sunday...

Soul Serenade - The Contours

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

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 - Shorty Long

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

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

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

Music, The Friday Five

The Friday Five: June 20, 2014

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

Soul Serenade - Eddie Kendricks

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

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

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

Soul Serenade - Brenda Holloway

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

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

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

Bottom Feeders, Music

Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’90s, Vol. 76

The other guy from Wham! finally makes an appearance in Bottom Feeders!...

Mary Wells

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Mary Wells, “My Guy”

Mary Wells was the First Lady of Motown...

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...

Music, The Friday Five

The Friday Five: April 26, 2013

The Friday Five: sharing is caring. ...

Martha & the Vandellas

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

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

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

Popblerd!

American Idol Season 12 – And Then There Were 8

We're down to 8 on American Idol. Will Lazaro be rightfully eliminated or is he Teflon?...

Music, The Friday Five

The Friday Five: January 18, 2013

Working for the weekend? How about a quick break to play along with this week's Friday Five?...

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....

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Eddie Holman, “Hey There Lonely Girl”

Eddie Holman is primarily remembered for one song, but what a song it was...

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, “The Tears Of A Clown”

Believe it or not, the Miracles only had one #1 hit while Smokey Robinson was their singer. Ken Shane recalls "The Tears of a Clown."...

Greatest Un-Hits, Music

Greatest Un-Hits: The Slits’ “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1979)

The Slits’ cover of “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” should have been that one song from the weird, still-breaking...

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

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....

AM Gold 1965

Digging for Gold, Music

Digging for Gold: The Time-Life “AM Gold” Series, Part 15

There's no denying the stone-cold classics found in this week's edition of AM Gold....