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2011-08-10 10:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The relationship between Berry Gordy's Motown label and The Ed Sullivan Show made music and television history. Soon after the Supremes' debut on Sullivan (December 1964), it was clear that showcasing the latest Motown releases on CBS on Sunday nights (35 million viewers was average) was a way to expose the record company's newest hits and boost the show's ratings. Sullivan introduced nearly all the Motown acts including The Supremes, The...

2009-10-20 07:05:00

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Motown Records changed the sound of popular music and also its face. With Motown artists appearing on television's music and variety shows, the label put African-Americans in the spotlight like no other music company ever had. In this 50th anniversary year of Motown's founding, Motown 50 - The DVD (Motown/UMe), to be released November 3, 2009, presents 18 classic and often rare television performances from 1965 through 1971 featuring some of the...

2009-02-08 15:03:03

Abdul Fakir, the lone surviving member of the Four Tops, says it will be an emotional moment when he accepts a Grammy Award Sunday for the U.S. group. The Detroit native said he wished his fellow Four Top members could attend the 51st annual Grammy Awards and accept a lifetime achievement award with him, the Detroit Free Press reported. I really wish they were here, honestly, said Fakir, 73. Because they worked really hard all their lives. It just seems like they deserve to have been here....

2009-01-12 08:40:34

The 50th anniversary of Detroit's legendary Motown Records label is coming as a bittersweet occasion for a city facing economic meltdown, observers say. The anniversary, being marked Monday, is producing mixed emotions in a city where the disintegration of the automobile industry has produced a sense of gloom, as well as lingering bitterness of the 1972 decision by Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. to move the label to Los Angeles, the BBC reported. I really do believe that if Motown had stayed...

2009-01-08 09:30:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Ask just about anyone what their favorite Motown hit is and most will have a hard time picking just one. From "My Girl" by the Temptations to Marvin Gaye's haunting "What's Going On," Motown songs - and the talented artists and musicians who produced them - have touched the hearts of music fans worldwide over the last 50 years. Beginning this month and throughout the entire year, Borders will celebrate Motown's 50th anniversary with a prominent...

2008-10-17 15:00:15

Levi Stubbs, lead singer of Motown's Four Tops, has died at his home in Detroit at the age of 72. The Michigan native was best known for his work with the popular R&B singing group, who began in the 1950s as the Four Aims, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Their hit songs included "Baby I Need Your Loving,""Walk Away Renee,""I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),""Reach Out I'll Be There" and "Ain't No Woman Like the One I Got." USA Today said Stubbs...

2008-07-08 21:00:19

By Jeff Simon They called him "Papa Zita." That, according to Motown Legend, is because it was his wont to nod off at his drum kit during recording sessions. And one day, when he was awakened by fellow musicians, he started playing immediately and muttering, "Papa Zita, papa zita, papa zita." (Say it fast, like that. It's a terrific rhythm.) His real name was William "Benny" Benjamin. After a lifetime of abusing drugs and booze, he died of a stroke in 1969. He was 43. I'm telling you...

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