Posts tagged "Motown"

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Shop Around" by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles

Song Of The Day – “Shop Around” by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles As for me…I am in no rush to get to Target, Best Buy or the Mall. You can keep Black Friday, I think I’ll pass. Except tomorrow is also one of two Independent Record Store Days per year where you’re supposed to... Read more »

Song Of The Day - "There He Is (At My Door) by The Vells

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “There He Is (At My Door)” by The Vells The Vells featured a secretary from Motown who was asked to fill in at a session for an absent Mary Wells. That gave Martha Reeves her big break that led to singing background on Marvin Gaye’s “Pride And... Read more »

Today in Music History: Marvin Gaye

On this date twenty-seven years ago, Marvin Gaye is shot and killed by his father after attempting to intervene in an argument between his parents.  It is a day before Marvin’s forty-fifth birthday,  Here is the best cut on his landmark ’71 What’s Going On album:      

Today in Music History: Tammi Terrell

On this date forty-one years ago, Motown singer Tammi Terrell dies of a brain tumor at age twenty-four.  She is best known for a series of classic duets with Marvin Gaye.  He reacted by taking a four-year break from performing live.  Here is one these classics:      

Today in Music History: Brian Holland

On this date seventy years ago, Brian Holland of the legendary songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland was born in Detroit.  Here the Isley Brothers perform an H-D-H hit from ’66, the highlight of the Isleys four-year stint with Motown:      

Song Of The Day - "When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You" by Marvin Gaye

By Eric Berman This one comes from one of the most emotionally devastating records ever recorded, the 1978 divorce album “Here, My Dear.” During the 1970s, Gaye laid his soul bare for all to partake in on behalf of the world with his 1971 masterpiece “What’s Going On.” In 1974, he took us to the erotic... Read more »

Song Of The Day - "Nowhere To Run" by Martha & The Vandellas

Song Of The Day – “Nowhere To Run” by Martha & The Vandellas  After yesterday’s debacle they call an election, this song has taken on new meaning! Martha Reeves was a secretary at Motown Records when one day Mary Wells failed to show up for a recording session. Reeves was asked to fill in signaling... Read more »

Song Of The Day - "Keep On Truckin'" by Eddie Kendricks

Song Of The Day – “Keep On Truckin'” by Eddie Kendricks from the 1973 album “Eddie Kendricks”  Originally a member of The Primes (to the Supremes’ Primettes), Kendricks possessed one of the most soulful voices in the group that would later be renamed The Temptations.  His angelic falsetto voice climbed the charts numerous times on... Read more »

Song of the Day - "Mickey's Monkey" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

Song of the Day – “Mickey’s Monkey” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Here’s a great 1965 clip of Smokey and company performing their 1963 hit. Not only do we get Smokey’s unbelievably soulful elastic vocals and the cool dance moves of the Miracles on one of their most infectious hits, but in this clip... Read more »
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