The first Temptations single may have gone nowhere fast, but the label stuck with them, and soon they began to grow into soul giants.
Also to be honored are operatic bass-baritone Justino Díaz, 'Saturday Night Live' creator Lorne Michaels, stage and screen star Bette Midler, and definitive singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell.
Deft footwork was required to get the Tops' new single into stores on July 9, 1965.
The life of this founding member of the Supremes was filled all too briefly with adulation before it was sadly cut short.
His first singles chart appearance captured the improvised, call-and-response electricity between Stevie and a Chicago crowd.
The group were still 'Ridin' High' even without the help of Holland-Dozier-Holland.
Why do millions of people flock to Graceland or fly across the world to see The Beatles’ instruments? The best music museums offer historic time capsules.
'Come And Get These Memories' embodied the sound that Berry Gordy had been looking for.
A pioneering and everlasting legend, Mary Wells was Motown’s first true icon, paving the way for an artistic freedom that others would come to follow.
Motown’s great songwriters were the foundations of the Great American Soulbook, an imaginary, but nonetheless awe-inspiring collection of songs written in the name of soul. But it did not come easy.
Tammi left us at a tragically young 24, but her elegant vocals live on.
Having helped birth soul music in the 60s, Motown helped it mature in the 70s, creating classic albums and asking some of the biggest questions of the era.
Absorbing and life-affirming, Smokey Robinson’s ‘A Quiet Storm’ is one of the landmark soul albums of its era, and its innovations continue to resonate.
From singing in Motown’s biggest girl group to earning Oscar nods and becoming a fashion icon, Diana Ross set the template for future stars to follow.
The story of Motown is also a story of female empowerment. Its finest female talents took opportunities – and risks – to help give women a spotlight.