Following an unprecedented reign, Parliament signed off for almost forty years, leaving ‘Trombipulation’ behind as the template for 80s electro-funk.
The best soul music gifts of the year are a testament to living legends, and those much-missed voices whose legacies live on.
‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’ first appeared on the 'Jackson 5 Christmas Album', released in October 1970.
As Motown celebrates its 60th anniversary, the best Motown Christmas gifts come in many forms, from “lost” albums to collectible box sets and rare reissues.
Even in the streaming age, nothing beats an expertly-curated box set, the best of which will thrill the obsessive and casual fan alike this Christmas.
“By honouring me, you are also honouring the entire Motown family – those who make Motown what it is today.”
Joining the Temps cast this year are performers from Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Hadestown and Beetlejuice, along with a special performance from the Radio City Rockettes.
Combining previous single releases with covers of contemporary hits, William Bell’s ‘The Soul Of A Bell’ album remains his definitive artistic statement.
By 1970, it was time for a second seasonal album offering from Smokey Robinson and the group.
Only a year after Gladys Knight and the Pips took it to the top of the R&B chart, Marvin made 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' his for keeps.
The Motown stars recorded ‘Silent Night’ for 'The Temptations Christmas Card', their 1970 festive album.
The much-loved ‘My Favorite Things’ originally features in the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, 'The Sound of Music'.
The campaign leads up to what would have been Cooke's 90th birthday on 22 January 2021.
Unafraid to live up to their name, Soul Children placed emotion at the top of their agenda with a Stax Records debut album helmed by Isaac Hayes.
At 1968's Royal Command Performance at the London Palladium, the Supremes played for the British Royal Family.
With the Black Forum label, Motown founder Berry Gordy created a place where African-American spoken-word artists could make their voices heard.