Alongside his fellow Funk Brothers, he helped weave the very fabric of Tamla Motown’s imposing and infectious sound.
His first singles chart appearance captured the improvised, call-and-response electricity between Stevie and a Chicago crowd.
The second star-studded edition also featured everyone from Marvin Gaye and Ike & Tina Turner to Joe Cocker and Jethro Tull.
The Academy Award-winning director incorporated multiple tracks from Gaye’s landmark LP, ‘What’s Going On’ throughout his new film, and offered a nod to Motown legends, The Temptations.
The new record features a set of handpicked Motown classics remixed and reimagined by the influential rapper and producer.
The relationship between Motown and politics runs deep. At the heart of it was great music and a commitment to changing the world.
“This is a historic song for an important moment in history, and what’s beautiful is that its message is timeless and universal.”
A seismic career shift and a bold new artistic direction brought an indelible classic.
'Tear It On Down' was the final single to carry the name of Martha Reeves & the Vandellas.
'You're The Man (Part 1)' is perhaps his least-celebrated top ten soul hit.
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 Records was a huge inspiration for The Beatles in their early days, but the influence ran both ways, as the best Motown Beatles covers reveal.
The Philadelphia singer became famous through her hit singles that were recorded for the legendary Motown label.
Being ahead of their time, too offbeat for mass consumption, or through plain old bad luck – some artists became wildly influential without becoming household names.
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.