Inspiration for 'I Second That Emotion' struck when Smokey was out shopping with his friend and fellow writer Al Cleveland.
Still on Motown, the group were moving to a more streetwise, tougher sound.
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 co-founder of the Miracles shares memories of life on the road and in the studio with Motown’s first-ever signings.
The Miracles’ ‘Shop Around’ is one of the greatest soul songs of all time. Here's the story of how it got made.
The Norman Whitfield-Eddie Holland song became the third of four consecutive R&B No.1s for the Emperors of Soul.
This list of the best songs of the 60s celebrates wild and far-ranging sounds from all around the world.
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.
The pair had already written hits for Stevie and others when he oversaw her first album for Motown's MoWest label.
The histories of the most iconic recording studios – Sun, Motown, Abbey Road – have made them almost as famous as the musicians who have recorded there.
A history of Detroit music is wider-ranging than almost any other city’s. Everything from blues to soul and techno calls Motor City home.
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.
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.
Not often a label thought of in hip-hop terms, the best Motown samples prove that Berry Gordy’s empire had more than enough beats for the crate-diggers.
Motown Records was a huge inspiration for The Beatles in their early days, but the influence ran both ways, as the best Motown Beatles covers reveal.