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.
Ground-breaking Montreux shows from Johnny Cash, Carlos Santana, Phil Collins and more will also be available.
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.
Rightfully known as the queen Supreme, the best Diana Ross songs reveal just how much the Motown icon achieved when she stepped out as a solo artist.
'Your Precious Love' was written, just like the pair's ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,' by the rising team of Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson.
The lyrics of 'Nightshift' united Gaye with another soul giant, Jackie Wilson, who had died just three months earlier in 1984.
‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ was never appreciated during its time but now the VU’s debut is hailed as a groundbreaking album that pointed to the future.
The propulsive, tension-filled number came flying off the pens of Holland, Dozier and Holland and into the Motown studio.
In the way its music was presented and the universal themes its artists sang of, Motown broke racial barriers to move everyone, no matter their skin colour.
Combining groove with a sense of songcraft, drummers are the driving force of any group. Here we present the best female drummers of all time.
‘I Wish It Would Rain' topped the Billboard soul listing for 17 February 1968, as the Tempts' fabulous run of No. 1s continued.
From the first flushes of romance, to heartbreak, loss and lust, the love song puts emotions to words – and music – remaining a core part of our lives.
The love song: some of these songs celebrate love and some dump on it, but they all have one thing in common... that love is the highest of human emotions.
The far-reaching song inspired the African-American military pilots who fought in World War II, and it went on to enter the Grammy Hall of Fame.
If you’re suffering from heartbreak, trying to get next to someone, or dreaming about the unattainable, the best Motown love songs will suit your mood.