Co-penned by Berry Gordy and Marv Johnson, ‘Come To Me’ became Motown’s first single, paving the way for the label’s world domination.
Adapting to the new funk scene of the early 70s, Booker T & The MGs released the perfectly titled ‘Melting Pot’, an album that still sounds in the moment.
The best David Ruffin songs prove that the Motown singer most remembered for his time with The Temptations recorded some majestic work under his own name.
One of the finest artists on the illustrious Chess label, Howlin’ Wolf shaped the blues, as this playlist of 20 of the best Howlin’ Wolf songs shows.
A generous offering for the holidays, the ‘A Motown Christmas’ album includes seasonal classics from Stevie, Smokey, The Supremes and Jackson 5.
Revealing just how she feels about the holidays, ‘A Very Special Season’ is a heartfelt Christmas album from Motown legend Diana Ross.
Scrapped in favour of the ‘Sex Machine’ album, the recently unearthed ‘Live At Home With His Bad Self’ finds James Brown in his full funky glory in August, Georgia.
Unafraid to live up to their name, Soul Children placed emotion at the top of their agenda with a Stax Records debut album helmed by Isaac Hayes.
With the release of their soundtrack for ‘Saturday Night Fever’, in 1977, Bee Gees were at the birth of disco, pointing the way for others to follow.
Sam & Dave’s second album, ‘Double Dynamite’, remains a classic example of the dynamic soul duo at their best, and a classic in the Stax Records catalogue.
Brilliant and inventive, George Clinton’s debut solo album, ‘Computer Games’, was a funky return to form from the P-Funk mastermind.
Both baffling and astounding, ‘Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants’ found Stevie Wonder branching out into soundtrack work for the first time.
‘Who’s Making Love’ practically defined the “can’t trust a lover” strain of soul and made Johnnie Taylor a Stax star during the label’s pivotal year.
With ‘A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing’, Black Sheep promoted intelligent Afrocentricity and upset hip-hop’s apple carts by refusing to act like gangstas.
In thrall to the jazz music she grew up with, Amy Winehouse’s debut album, ‘Frank’, found her at turns optimistic and wry, on her way to ‘Back To Black’.