As their self-titled fifth album made its chart debut on 2 April 1977, the group were moving up fast.
Everyone was saying 'Hello' to Commodore Lionel in 1983.
'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.
After many previous chart battles with The Beatles, the Motown trio unseated the Stones with 'Love Is Here And Now You're Gone.'
The famous recording was made on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on 23 August 1963.
The album completed the group's transition to a more experimental sound, heavily influenced by psychedelic rock and by their adventurous producer, Norman Whitfield.
When it came to a new song by Smokey Robinson, the departing Mary Wells' loss was Brenda's gain.
The single entered the pop and soul charts as its parent album 'Solid Rock' climbed to No. 1 R&B.
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.