Thirteen years after the Marvelettes' original, Richard and Karen Carpenter's cover of 'Please Mr. Postman' became their third US No.1.
The first queen of Motown followed her opening R&B No.1 with a second soul chart-topper in a row.
'Stubborn Kind Of Fellow,' which Gaye co-wrote with Mickey Stevenson and Berry Gordy’s brother George, established him as a soul contender.
The Marvelettes co-founder played a key role in scoring Motown Records its first No.1 hit.
The Motown R&B group found great success recording for the Motown and Tamla labels during the 1960s.
Inspiring covers by everyone from The Beatles to Carpenters, The Marvelettes’ ‘Please Mr. Postman’ song put Motown on the map as a true cultural force.
Alongside his fellow Funk Brothers, he helped weave the very fabric of Tamla Motown’s imposing and infectious sound.
Their sixth LP included such signature songs as 'Please Mr. Postman,' 'Only Yesterday' and 'Solitaire.'
Motown’s great songwriters were the foundations of the Great American Soulbook, an imaginary, but nonetheless awe-inspiring collection of songs written in the name of soul. But it did not come easy.
Ales' unique sales nous was vital to the company's incredible and unstoppable worldwide growth.
Hailed as “the truest artist” Motown founder Berry Gordy has ever known, Marvin Gaye was an uncompromising force that defined soul music in the 70s.
The story of Motown is also a story of female empowerment. Its finest female talents took opportunities – and risks – to help give women a spotlight.
From The Supremes to Martha & The Vandellas and beyond, the best Motown girl groups defined a strain of soul music that keeps us dancing in the street.
Girl groups go all the way back to the birth of pop, and their long and honourable dedication to delighting the ears deserves far more recognition than it gets.
On 30 January 1965, the soul chart made its comeback in the pages of Billboard, and Motown ruled the roost.