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From Memphis to Merseyside Ep 19 “More Motown!”
When Berry Gordy Jr. founded Tamala Records in 1958, he had a vision of a record label that would encourage black artists, and bring African-American artists the respect they deserved in a radio landscape that was still for all intents and purposes segregated. Tamala Records became Motown Records in 1960, and throughout the following two decades had incredible success with groups like Martha and The Vandellas, The Supremes, The Miracles, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and many more. “Hitsville, USA” became the label’s nickname, and it was well-deserved. Motown also signed several acts from Canada, and had a few white artists on their roster. The one consistent thread running through the narrative was excellent, timeless music. We hope you enjoy this episode of From Memphis to Merseyside, as we spin a fantastic playlist of Motown classics.
Ric Denis This Rumbling Sky
Barrett Strong Money (That’s What I Want)
The Marvelettes Please Mr. Postman
Martha and The Vandellas Heat Wave
The Contours Do You Love Me?
The Miracles Shop Around
Debbie Dean Don’t Let Him Shop Around
Stevie Wonder Uptight (Everything’s Alright)
The Beatles You Really Got A Hold On Me
The Kinks Dancing In The Streets
The Jackson 5 I Want You Back
Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing
The Four Tops Bernadette
Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers Malinda
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