Motown’s 50th Anniversary
2-12-09 Motown’s 50th Anniversary
I understand that Motown Records is having their 50th anniversary this year. The February 2009 issue of Mojo Magazine from
For me, Motown: we’re talking a core of only a few artists: Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Martin Gaye, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, The Four Tops et al. I do like some of the lesser lights, too: The Marvelettes, The Originals (“Baby I’m For Real”) etc. I just love Jr. Walker & The All Stars!
I’m a big fan of the “Anthology” 2CD sets that came out in the late 80’s. I’ve got a couple of them, and it would seem that these collections really hit the mark. More recently, I’ve been trying to find many of the Universal / Motown “20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection” CD’s (I just got The Marvelettes!). I remember when the LP edition of this set was coming out, the Stevie Wonder one was highly anticipated, but…it was disappointing, as it contained none of his 70’s hits. Let’s hope that there are at least 2 volumes of Stevie Wonder in the “20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection” series!
I never bought any Motown LP’s when I was young; only a couple of 45’s. I think my then-all-time-favorite Motown song was “Ball Of Confusion” by The Temptations. And I vividly remember “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” by The Four Tops on the AM radio. And, of course, “The Happening” by Diana Ross & The Supremes.
My GF is a big
In the video age (the 80’s) I remember Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me”, and several Rick James videos, too. But my Motown era is really ’62 – ’70.
And of course The Beatles covered three Motown songs on their 2nd album.
Are we going to get a PBS special on Motown’s 50th? Or will it be on some cable channel, and I’ll have to rent a DVD of it to see if they have any righteous 60’s footage that I haven’t already seen? Guess I’ll have to wait until September to find out.
Let’s not forget Berry Gordy’s foray into rock music: Rare Earth Records! In addition to the group Rare Earth, they also released The Pretty Things “S.F. Sorrow” in the