Tag: Motown Records

Feature Artist: Supremes (Singles) 6pm ET

Supremes60sThe Supremes were an American female singing group and the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s. Founded as the Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most commercially successful of Motown’s acts and are, to date, America’s most successful vocal group with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Most of these hits were written and produced by Motown’s main songwriting and production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland. At their peak in the mid-1960s, the Supremes rivaled the Beatles in worldwide popularity, and their success made it possible for future African American R&B and soul musicians to find mainstream success.

Founding members Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Diana Ross, and Betty McGlown, all from the Brewster-Douglass public housing project in Detroit,[4] formed the Primettes as the sister act to the Primes (with Paul Williams and Eddie Kendricks, who went on to form the Temptations). Barbara Martin replaced McGlown in 1960, and the group signed with Motown the following year as the Supremes. Martin left the act in early 1962, and Ross, Ballard, and Wilson carried on as a trio.

During the mid-1960s, the Supremes achieved mainstream success with Ross as lead singer. In 1967, Motown president Berry Gordy renamed the group Diana Ross & the Supremes, and replaced Ballard with Cindy Birdsong. Ross left to pursue a solo career in 1970 and was replaced by Jean Terrell, at which point the group’s name reverted to the Supremes. After 1972, the lineup changed more frequently; Lynda Laurence, Scherrie Payne, and Susaye Greene all became members of the group during the mid-1970s. The Supremes disbanded in 1977 after 18 years. – Wikipedia

Artist Countdown: Marvin Gaye Top 70 Hits 12p ET @MarvinGayeMusic

marvin gayeMarvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984), born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr., was an American singer-songwriter and musician.

Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records in the 1960s with a string of hits, including “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, and duet recordings with Mary Wells and Tammi Terrell, later earning the titles “Prince of Motown” and “Prince of Soul”. During the 1970s, he recorded the concept albums What’s Going On and Let’s Get It On and became one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of its production company. Gaye’s later recordings influenced several R&B subgenres, such as quiet storm and neo-soul.

Following a period in Europe as a tax exile in the early 1980s, Gaye released the 1982 Grammy Award-winning hit “Sexual Healing” and the Midnight Love album. Since his death in 1984, Gaye has been posthumously honored by many institutions, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

At around 11:38 am on April 1, 1984, as Marvin was seated on his bed talking to his mother, Gaye’s father shot at Marvin twice. The first shot, which entered the right side of Gaye’s chest, was fatal, having perforated his vital organs. Gaye was taken to the emergency room of the California Hospital Medical Center and was pronounced dead on arrival at 1:01 pm. Gaye died a day before turning 45.  The gun with which Marvin Gaye, Sr. shot his son was given to him by Marvin as a Christmas present.

Following his funeral, Marvin was cremated with part of his ashes spread near the Pacific Ocean. Gaye did not leave behind a will or an insurance policy at the time of his death. Gaye’s father pleaded no contest to a voluntary manslaughter charge and was sentenced to probation. He later died of pneumonia in 1998.  Marvin’s fans have held vigils for the singer at the final residence to celebrate the day of his birth.  -Wikipedia

1 I Heard It Through the Grapevine
2 Sexual Healing
3 Got to Give It Up
4 Too Busy Thinking About My Baby
5 You’re All I Need to Get By  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
6 Let’s Get It On
7 It Takes Two  (w/ Kim Weston)
8 Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
9 If I Could Build My Whole World Around You  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
10 How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
11 Good Lovin’ Ain’t Easy to Come By  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
12 Once Upon a Time  (w/ Mary Wells)
13 Come Get to This
14 The Onion Song  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
15 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
16 Little Darling (I Need You)
17 What’s Going On
18 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
19 Your Precious Love  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
20 I’ll Be Doggone
21 Ain’t That Peculiar
22 That’s the Way Love Is
23 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
24 Trouble Man
25 Pride and Joy
26 You’re a Special Part of Me  (w/ Diana Ross)
27 I Want You
28 You’re a Wonderful One
29 What’s the Matter with You Baby  (w/ Mary Wells)
30 Try It Baby
31 Can I Get a Witness
32 One More Heartache
33 My Mistake (Was to Love You)  (w/ Diana Ross)
34 Sanctified Lady
35 Keep On Lovin’ Me Honey  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
36 Your Unchanging Love
37 Chained
38 Distant Lover (Live)
39 Baby Don’t You Do It
40 Pretty Little Baby
41 You
42 Hitch Hike
43 The End of Our Road
44 Stubborn Kind of Fellow
45 What You Gave Me  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
46 You’re the Man
47 How Can I Forget
48 Take This Heart of Mine
49 You Sure Love to Ball
50 Don’t Knock My Love  (w/ Diana Ross)
51 After the Dance
52 What Good Am I Without You  (w/ Kim Weston)
53 Gonna Give Her All the Love I’ve Got
54 If This World Were Mine  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
55 Praise
56 You Are Everything  (w/ Diana Ross)
57 Abraham, Martin and John
58 My Last Chance
59 Ego Tripping Out
60 You Ain’t Livin’ till You’re Lovin’  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
61 Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)  (w/ Diana Ross)
62 Joy
63 My Love Is Waiting
64 Save the Children
65 It’s Madness
66 California Soul  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
67 Heavy Love Affair
68 Lucky, Lucky Me
69 I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby
70 ‘Til Tomorrow