Motown

OOO BABY, BABY – SMOKEY ROBINSON HONORED BY LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Detroit Music Station

Smokey Robinson grew up on Belmont, just down the street from Diane Ross in Detroit’s North End neighborhood. He sang with a group called the Five Chimes which later turned into the Matadors before he met Berry Gordy in 1957- just before the formation of Motown Records. By then he had changed the name of his group again to The Miracles and he began writing and recording songs with Berry. By 1960 he produced and recorded Motown’s first big hit...

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Thursday, 17 November 2016
Dancing in the Seats at Bert’s Warehouse: Martha Reeves Turns 75
Detroit Music Station

Her storied career is legendary. She worked through the ranks at Motown Records from receptionist to office manager to back up singer for Marvin Gaye, to the labels top performing act, Martha and the Vandellas. On Monday, July 18, the legendary singer turns 75 years old and there is a big party at Bert’s Warehouse that night in her honor. It ‘s a 60’s – themed party and the joint will be packed with area musicians, celebrities and dignitaries. It...

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Sunday, 17 July 2016
BILLY WILSON – A MAN YOU NEED TO KNOW
Detroit Music Station

If you’ve been in the music business for any length of time here in Detroit, you have probably met Billy Wilson. If you haven’t, you probably should. Billy is best known as the President of the Motown Alumni Association, but what you may not know is that he is also a very accomplished bass player (he played bass for country music legend Barbra Mandrel, for example) and he is, perhaps, one of the most connected and smartest music minds in...

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Saturday, 06 February 2016
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