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MOTOWN DID YOU KNOW...


DID YOU KNOW . . . that there was a B side song on the first 1959 recording Berry Gordy produced for the then new Tamla label? The artist was Marv Johnson, the A side song 
was "Come To Me", the time was January/1959, and the B side song was called "Whisper".

MOTOWN IN THE SCHOOL...


DID YOU KNOW . . .who the first Female artist to have a release under the Soul label was? 
Frances Nero's recording "Keep On Loving Me"/ "Fight Fire With Fire" was released March 11, 1966 on thSoul label. She signed a one record contract but was at Motown for 3 years.

 

She won the record contract at a competition given by Motown. She won first place and future Motown artists Ronnie McNair (currently singing with the Four Tops) won second place in that competition.

Though she wasn't the first Motown female artist to have a release, she was the first female on the Soul subsidiary label.

MOTOWN DID YOU KNOW...


DID YOU KNOW . . .that the group Rare Earth was not the first group to record on the Rare Earth label? The Rare Earth label was a subsidiary of Motown's conglomerate of 
record companies. The band Rare earth wasn't the first, second, or even third group to record on that label. The Pretty Things were first (7/14/69), The Virgil Brothers were second (8/15/69), The Easybeats were third (9/11/69), Sounds Nice were fourth (9/23/69), and Rare Earth were fifth amongst the groups (11/10/69.) If you add in Wes Henderson (8/15/69), Rare Earth (the group) would have been 6th on the list of "artists" that were released on the Rare Earth label.

WHO IS THIS CUTE LITTLE GIRL?


Who is this cute little girl? She became one of Motown most prolific producers aand is an award winning talent. She was also responsible for getting Berry Gordy to pay attention and get the Jackson 5 on the label.

Go to our facebook site to give the answer:

 

https://www.facebook.com/

MotownAlumniAssociation

 

Motown Did You Know...


Did You Know... that Debbie Dean was the first white female performer to appear on a Motown single, but wasn't the first white artist/ group to appear on the label?

 

Technically, Nick and the Jaguars, who had released the surf rock instrumental Ich-i-bon #1 in August 1959, were the first white performers on a Motown body of labels.

 

This Pontiac, MI-based instrumental trio had a lineup of two guitars and a drummer — leading them was a teenaged fireball named Marv Weyer, and Nick Ferro played the drums. Formed while all three players were still in school, they were notable not only for being out in front of future surf guitar legends such as Dick Dale by several years, but also for being the first white act signed by Motown Records, a deal brokered when Ferro’s dad, Gus, brought them to the attention of Berry Gordy Jr. during the company’s first year of operation. Their debut single, “Ich-i-bon #1” b/w “Cool and Crazy,” got a release on the Tamla label in August of 1959. They also saw action in the studio (as the Biscaynes) for Gordy’s Ridge label, and backed up the Ferros on their doo wop release of “Come Home My Love” b/w “Tough Cat,” for Fortune Records circa 1958. Marv Weyer went on to carve out a name for himself as a top rockabilly and country guitarist, and was still going strong at the start of the 21st century. The Jaguars were history by the start of the 1960s, but near the end of the century, the Gories paid tribute to their work and sound with a fresh rendition of “Ich-i-bon #1,” titled “Ichiban” and appearing on the Outta Here album. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

MOTOWN DID YOU KNOW...


DID YOU KNOW . . .

that Bobby Taylor, the man that put the call in for the audition to take place for the Jackson 5, was also a producer for the group? Bobby produced

the song 'Oh I've Been Bless'd', that's being released on the up coming

Jackson 5 Box Set Universal is releasing around August of this year.

MOTOWN DID YOU KNOW...


Did You Know... that Robert Bateman was Motown's first audio engineer, and the bass singer for Motown's first all male singing group the Satintones. . In the early years of audio engineering the white recording studio's of the day had most of the premier audio techs. "Bateman was a guenius" said Mike Mclean who was hired to fix the equipment and improve the studio's productivity. The problem was that when Mclean got hired, Bateman thought the company was trying to sneak in a White engineer in his position. So, Bateman quit after 2 years! "That's not why I was hired" said McLean... Bateman was great at what he done, I wasn't an engineer."

MOTOWN DID YOU KNOW...


 

 

 

 

Did You Know... that Motowner Bruce Channel influenced the Beatles? During a chance meeting with John Lennon, Channel got into a discussion with the future budding star John Lennon about playing a harmonica. Next thing you know...  Please, Please Me and Love Me Do were the first recordings with a harmonica.

got to Channel's official website:

 

http://www.brucechannel.com

DID YOU KNOW...


Did You Know... that the Jazz Workshop Label was actually created for the Motown musicians? The musicians during that time had an errigant aditude about the type of music they liked to play. Jazz music has been the hub of Detroits local main stream for decades, and is still central in the Black music scene. Berry knew from having a record in the past that jazz music didn't make much money, but he had to keep his musicians close to the company. So, he promised to record them on the label. 11 albums released on the label are some of the rarest albums on any Motown label.

WHO IS THIS MOTOWN GROUP?


Do you know who this group is? They were Motown's first hard rock group from the Detroit area. They were also David Ruffin's touring back up band. Their lead singer of the group is currently the CEO of the most successful booking agent in the Detroit area. Clue: They have a mythical name.

 

Go to our facebook site to give the answer:

 

https://www.facebook.com/

MotownAlumniAssociation

THE ORIGINAL VANDELLAS


The original Vandellas are available for 2013 bookings. Do you remember the Motown songs: "Heat Wave", "Dancing In The Street", "Jimmy Mack", "My Baby Loves Me", "Quicksand", "Honey Chile", "No Where To Run (No Where To Hide", and many more.

 

Take a look at the EPK and contact their manager.

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Who Is This?


Who is this beautiful Motowner? She grew up in the Motown dynasty, and came into her own as a Motown producer in the early 70's. 

She climbe up the Motown producer/ writer ranks and have worked with the likes of Debarge, Smokey Robinson, Rick James, High Energy, Te Temptations, and many others.

 

Go to our facebook site to give the answer:

 

https://www.facebook.com/

MotownAlumniAssociation

MOTOWN IN THE SCHOOL PROGRAM


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 Our love for children is massive. Even when we ask for help through time and effort we still seem to get ignored. The Motown In The School Program is totally supported by effort.  We don't have funds to work with, but we do have drive.

 

Our programs always need support. We are currently working in the Detroit Public School area, and need the entertainment army/ workers and to support and keep our children dreaming.

 

Entertainers are especially needed to take time out and just thank children for working hard to achieve goals.

 

You might have noticedthat we didn't ask for money entertainers, we are asking for your time!

 

A star at a school can have a greater impact with children than financial donations. ARTISTS... WE NEED YOU PLEASE!

 

If you are an entertainer and want to make appearances and help create a program that children will remember forever, call us the Motown Alumni Association at: 

(734) 972-7582

MOTOWN DID YOU KNOW...


DID YOU KNOW . . .

that Johnny Bristol was more than just a phenomenal producer for Motown? His

singing career launched, when he paired up with Jackey Beavers on the Tri-Phi

label that was eventually swallowed by Motown. They cut the original version

 

Supremes in 1969. He signed with MGM as a solo artist in 1974. His first

single, 'Hang On In There Baby' was number two on the R&B charts and number

eight on the pop charts that year.

of "Someday We'll Be Together," which was remade by Diana Ross and the Supremes.

GOSPEL HAIR SHOW

IN DETROIT


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MOTOWN DID YOU KNOW...


DID YOU KNOW . . .

that Bill Cosby is a Motown alumni? He recorded a couple of times with the

company, but his 1982 recording "Himself" was released under the Motown Consolidated label. He also recorded an album under the Black Forum/Motown

label with Ossie Davis.

MOTOWN DID YOU KNOW...

DID YOU KNOW . . .

that James Jamerson (the renowned Motown bassist) had a few nicknames, but the most earliest one was Snuffy? That was the nickname his family gave him when he was very young; he'd sit at the table and sniff the food that was in front of him, then he'd sigh with pleasure if he liked what he smelled. Later other nicknames followed such as Funky Finger. Referring to his genius as a bass player.

 

 

 

The 29th Annual MARVIN GAYE CELEBRATION


MOTOWN DID YOU KNOW...

 


 

DID YOU KNOW . . .

that Oscar award winning Cuba Gooding Jr. and Main Ingredient lead singer

Cuba Gooding Sr. are related? Senior is Juniors dad! The group Main

Ingredient had their first million-selling single with "Everybody Plays the

 

weeks on Billboard's charts in fall 1972. Sr. left the group by 1977 and

signed with Motown. His first album release in February of 1978 was called

"The First Cuba Gooding Album". 

MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL... Get Tickets Today!!!


Earl VanDyke (Funk Brother)


Motown on the mark!


WHATS UP DETROIT?


Berry Gordy recreates the legend of Motown

reported by: cbs.com

 

I took some risks, and they all paid off, big time," said Berry Gordy. "I mean, really big time."

 

Berry Gordy just wanted his own record label. But Motown became a sound -- a sound that tore through the racial divide in the Sixties and took black culture into White America deeper than it ever had before.

 

At the peak of its influence in the Sixties and early Seventies, Motown scored more than a hundred Top 10 hits. "We had a rule that if you got a hit with an artist, [the songwriters] would automatically get their next record," Gordy told Mason.

 

Now, at 83, Gordy is working on a new Broadway production that will tell the story of Motown on stage. He's spent the past five years on the project.

 

Does he feel pressure? "It's less pressure than I had with Motown," he said, "because I didn't know where I was going with Motown."

 

Gordy once said he'd started out writing songs to get girls. "My thought was make the music, make the money, and get some girls. That was it. Not necessarily in that order," he laughed.

 

Read the entire story: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-57577147/berry-gordy-recreates-the-legend-of-motown/

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