On the Billboard R&B chart for 25 January 1969, Stax star Johnnie Taylor had something new to say: Take Care Of Your Homework.
From sorrowful mourning to polemical rage, the best Martin Luther King songs deal with the death of the civil-rights icon in moving, revelatory ways.
Gaye's final Motown album is now rightly seen as a record of huge historical importance and creative substance.
On 14 January 1970 in Las Vegas, Diana Ross appeared in concert as a member of the Supremes for the final time.
From the Issac Hayes’ funky instrumental scores to Trent Reznor’s dark genius, here are just a few of the growing ranks of musicians-turned-film composers.
The 1978 album was described as “the most poisonous alimony settlement of the 20th century”, but it was much more than that.
The much-covered '(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons' had its origins at the end of World War II.
On 21 December 1968, Bell entered the R&B listings with the track that would become his first top ten hit on that chart, ‘I Forgot To Be Your Lover.’
Never shy of a little chutzpah, Motown announced that the soon-to-be-solo Diana had discovered the label's new quintet herself.
Only a year after Gladys Knight and the Pips took it to the top of the R&B chart, Marvin made 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' his for keeps.
On 21 November 1964, Gaye entered the Hot 100 with what would would become a new crossover success, but a UK entry for just one week on 12 December.
Among the artists featured in the visually stunning series are the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Four Tops and the Temptations.
What Gaye did after 'What's Going On,' far from trying to repeat its sound, was to branch out into a blaxploitation movie soundtrack.
The group's second and final R&B No. 1 album 'Special Occasion' came nearly three years after the first.
The chequered story of I Heard It Through The Grapevine included Gladys and the group's R&B No. 1 version, before Marvin took ownership of the song.