The lyrics of 'Nightshift' united Gaye with another soul giant, Jackie Wilson, who had died just three months earlier in 1984.
After many previous chart battles with The Beatles, the Motown trio unseated the Stones with 'Love Is Here And Now You're Gone.'
When it came to a new song by Smokey Robinson, the departing Mary Wells' loss was Brenda's gain.
The album completed the group's transition to a more experimental sound, heavily influenced by psychedelic rock and by their adventurous producer, Norman Whitfield.
The cast album accompanies the record-breaking musical that tells the story of the Motown soul legends.
The propulsive, tension-filled number came flying off the pens of Holland, Dozier and Holland and into the Motown studio.
The life of the founder member of the Supremes was filled all too briefly with adulation before it was cut short so sadly.
The track stayed at the R&B chart summit for a mighty nine weeks, to become the longest-running soul No. 1 Stevie has ever had.
On 20 February 1965, the new single by the Motown queens entered the Hot 100. Within five weeks, it was their next chart-topper.
One of the great careers in soul music was launched on Smokey's 18th birthday with an answer record.
‘I Wish It Would Rain' topped the Billboard soul listing for 17 February 1968, as the Tempts' fabulous run of No. 1s continued.
In early 1964, Capitol Records were essentially playing catch-up on UK Beatles releases, leading to the cherry-picking and title change for the US 'Meet The Beatles' album.
The exciting instrumental 'Shotgun' is rich in Tamla legend, with an unusual contribution by one of the Funk Brothers.
‘Shop Around’ is an absolutely vital part of the early development of Motown, and on 12 February 1961 it became their first million-seller.
The quartet's first 'Greatest Hits' album spent no fewer than 16 consecutive weeks in the UK top ten.