Classic Motown Photo Exhibition – Rare & Unseen Images
In 1964, Motown crossed the Atlantic from America to Britain. In June, Mary Wells’s ‘My Guy’ became the company’s first UK chart success, reaching No.5, which was followed in November 1964 by Motown’s first UK No.1, The Supremes’ ‘Baby Love.’ The invasion got well and truly underway with promotional visits to London by Mary Wells, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, and Martha & the Vandellas, paving the way for a full-scale assault in 1965, when the first Motown concert tour visited the UK. Others that followed included The Four Tops, The Temptations and a few years later, The Jackson 5.
From the archives of Motown and EMI Records there is now an exhibition of rare and unseen photographs at the Proud Galleries in London and here are just a selection. Don’t worry if you cannot visit in person because you can view all the fantastic images online. Just click here and it will take you to Proud Online where you can see the entire collection and there’s information on how to buy these fabulous photos.
Maria Carlota Carvalho
June 27, 2014 at 8:29 pm
June 27, 2014 at 8:44 pm
This was real music. Not like the junk we have today
June 28, 2014 at 6:02 pm
I love Motown, what I really wanted to say is about your name, I never thought anybody had the same name I was born with ha ha. although as you can see it has been Rothwell for a lot longer. Anyway thanks for me having a chuckle to myself.
June 29, 2014 at 2:42 pm
Real music yes indeed. I don’t listen to any of the junk they call music today.
June 27, 2014 at 8:54 pm
Is Michael Jackson the only one with a statute in London? In London
June 27, 2014 at 9:08 pm
Beautiful choice of photo’s you show!
June 27, 2014 at 9:10 pm
So when the Brits were invading the US..Motown was invading Britain..very cool!!!
June 27, 2014 at 9:40 pm
I grew up listening to all of this and still Love it!!
June 27, 2014 at 9:42 pm
June 27, 2014 at 9:44 pm
Love Motown music
June 27, 2014 at 10:02 pm
June 27, 2014 at 11:08 pm
Some remarkable photos. Really enjoyed seeing the ones of the Temptations from the mid 60’s.
June 28, 2014 at 1:34 am
All of my favorites! I grew up in the 60’s in Inglewood CA….Stevie Wonder was y first love !
June 28, 2014 at 5:54 am
What great photo of the best music ever
June 28, 2014 at 9:15 am
I love, love love Motown have done since I was 12 (now 61), the best music
EVER, by the greatest singers EVER – David Ruffin, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, Smokey, Brenda Holloway. Great Photo’s
June 28, 2014 at 10:18 am
One not to miss.
June 28, 2014 at 12:16 pm
Thank you for showing all these wonderful photoes, motown has brought happiness, into so many peoples lives. God Bless Motown.
June 28, 2014 at 12:50 pm
This is a wonderful thing it brings back so many great memories, I have friends who live in Manchester , England. I know for a fact my friends were avid Motown Fans, and when they finally got a chance to visit Detroit, that was the first place I took them to the Motown Studios I was so proud to be from Detroit. Just wish they had more souvenirs that they could have purchased to take back to England.
October 29, 2015 at 8:48 pm
Quite envious of your friends, – you taking them to the Motown Museum! A lifelong Motown fan, one day I hope to visit Detroit (from England), – if only for a couple of days, – and visit the old recording studios! Let me know if you could ever contemplate showing me around, – otherwise I’d be a bit like a fish out of water finding my way round!
June 28, 2014 at 4:29 pm
So lucky to have been born in 1956 and lived through this era of brilliant music….fantastic.
June 28, 2014 at 8:13 pm
Wow! Such beautiful pictures and so powerful it stirs up such emotions like I were a part of the 60’s. Great music surely brings memories to life, what has happened to black music. God bless Motown God The Temptations
June 28, 2014 at 8:13 pm
Wow! Such beautiful pictures and so powerful it stirs up such emotions like I were a part of the 60’s. Great music surely brings memories to life, what has happened to black music?. God bless Motown God The Temptations
June 28, 2014 at 8:21 pm
No mention of the Funk Bros. Yet they had a fan-base in England. Without them music would be entirely different.
July 11, 2014 at 1:01 pm
Frank, the Funk Brothers were not photographed in these early years as they were behind the scenes kind of guys. Agree with you though, awesome players!
June 29, 2014 at 8:25 am
Sono le icone della mia infanzia che mi hanno fatto conoscere la musica in senso puro :straordinari .
June 29, 2014 at 3:52 pm
Beautiful!! Love the choice of photos on exhibit. Will the show travel to the US?
July 1, 2014 at 12:51 am
I can’t imagine the music without so wonderful Singers…
Christine L Straw
July 9, 2014 at 4:07 pm
Still play Motown, even though I was lucky enough to have heard it / played it first time around.
‘Temptations’ my favourite; David Ruffin, best singer ever……………….
July 11, 2014 at 1:02 pm
So glad you enjoyed these rare photos so much, we’ll see if we can find some more for you, soon. Thanks for all the great comments
August 17, 2014 at 4:59 pm
That music was and still is GREAT
August 17, 2014 at 5:03 pm
Motown was and still is GREAT!!!!!!
April 9, 2016 at 2:52 pm
This so called music of today cannot light a candle to the motown sound. Thank god for motown and the funk brothers. Loved those brothers the recording acts had the talent. The funk brothers had the experience.