The life of the founder member of the Supremes was filled all too briefly with adulation before it was cut short so sadly.
Charles Edwin Hatcher on 21 January 1942 in Nashville. He's affectionately remembered by everyone who ever heard or met him as Edwin Starr.
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.
The founder of Motown Records was born in the city he helped make synonymous with soulfulness, Detroit, on 28 November 1929.
The live album was credited not to Lennon and Ono but solely to the Plastic Ono Band.
David Ruffin had been making solo records for some seven years by the time he had his greatest success in his own right with the superb 'Walk Away From Love.'
'He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'' was nothing like the big hit it deserved to be, but it became a much-loved Hitsville highlight.
On the final Hot 100 of the 1960s, the trio scored the last of their 12 pop No. 1s in less than five and a half years with 'Someday We'll Be Together.'
The Detroit native teamed up with his original bandmates in 1953, and has been a Top ever since.
The funky track, a studio extra on their then-new 'Live!' album, became the group's fourth soul chart-topper.
'I've Passed This Way Before' made its debut on Billboard’s Top Selling R&B Singles chart of Christmas Eve 1966.
Stevie's 1987 album generated three Grammy nominations and two No. 1 R&B hits in 'Skeletons' and 'You Will Know.'
Never shy of a little chutzpah, Motown announced that the soon-to-be-solo Diana had discovered the label's new quintet herself.
In the golden era of the Temptations, Kendricks' light, acrobatic voice was the perfect foil for the gritty tones of the equally brilliant David Ruffin.
Motown's first-ever chart-toppers rounded off a memorable 1967 as another Smokey song and production entered Billboard's Hot 100.