Touring will continue as long as there are new ears to listen to music. The desire for success, money and creative fulfilment will remain, but for many musicians, it is an essential...
His first singles chart appearance captured the improvised, call-and-response electricity between Stevie and a Chicago crowd.
The best summer songs conjure both eras and emotional to offer a mix of nostalgia and escapism. Time to sit back and unwind with this essential playlist.
The second star-studded edition also featured everyone from Marvin Gaye and Ike & Tina Turner to Joe Cocker and Jethro Tull.
'Dancing In The Street' is the perfect Motown dance record: it's infectious and features great musicians playing their socks off.
'Tear It On Down' was the final single to carry the name of Martha Reeves & the Vandellas.
A seismic career shift and a bold new artistic direction brought an indelible classic.
'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.
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.
A history of Blaxploitation film soundtracks that helped define the genre, and the musicians who asserted their street cred by writing their scores.
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Birthing some of the world’s greatest music, the history of New York’s Apollo Theater parallels “the evolution of black American identity”.