The 1966 smash had the working title ‘This Is Where I Came In,’ before Holland-Dozier-Holland found the lyric they wanted.
Inspiring covers by everyone from The Beatles to Carpenters, The Marvelettes’ ‘Please Mr. Postman’ song put Motown on the map as a true cultural force.
In the summer of 1976, the band was on a strange lap of honor.
The Holland-Dozier-Holland classic was first cut a month earlier — and got the thumbs down from Berry Gordy.
The six-piece from Detroit, the Contours, took the song to No.1 on the US R&B chart for three weeks.
Alongside his fellow Funk Brothers, he helped weave the very fabric of Tamla Motown’s imposing and infectious sound.
The pair had already written hits for Stevie and others when he oversaw her first album for Motown's MoWest label.
Deft footwork was required to get the Tops' new single into stores on 9 July 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 relationship between Motown and politics runs deep. At the heart of it was great music and a commitment to changing the world.
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.