Throughout the history of pop music, the studio changed for musicians and producers from being a place of work to becoming a creative hub.
Inspiration for 'I Second That Emotion' struck when Smokey was out shopping with his friend and fellow writer Al Cleveland.
Motown’s inspired decision to release the three-year-old ‘Tears Of A Clown’ as a UK 45 led it to No.1 in Britain and a belated US release.
The Miracles’ ‘Shop Around’ is one of the greatest soul songs of all time. Here's the story of how it got made.
The romantic, swaying track features a momentous reunion with one of their oldest friends Smokey Robinson.
The Norman Whitfield-Eddie Holland song became the third of four consecutive R&B No.1s for the Emperors of Soul.
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s hit inspires our Motown duets playlist.
One of the world’s pre-eminent songwriters, Jimmy Webb can be said to have spearheaded an Americana equivalent of The Great American Songbook.
The six-piece from Detroit, the Contours, took the song to No.1 on the US R&B chart for three weeks.
The engine that drove the Motown machine was made up of the songwriters and producers who worked behind the scenes to create the Motown sound.
Motown’s most dangerous star of the early 1980s was on fire in the summer of 1983, and so were his label.
The pair had already written hits for Stevie and others when he oversaw her first album for Motown's MoWest label.
You’ll find answer records in all walks of music. Some are aggressive, some motivated by a sense of injustice, and others show contempt through wit.
Paul remained a lesser-known name than either David Ruffin or Eddie Kendricks, despite his great vocal presence and pivotal role in the rise of the classic five-piece line-up.
The best Motown songs are timeless soul classics that capture everything it means to be in love, to suffer heartbreak – and to want to dance with abandon.