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KQµårk 死神 On November - 13 - 2009

MOTOWNMotown Records was formed in 1959 by Berry Gordy to give African Americans a record label where they could get the full artistic respect and freedom they deserved.  Motown Records not only started a great musical movement but accelerated the civil rights movement because now African American music was untethered from the restrictions of establishment record labels.  Once all Americans had access to this new and explosive music scene and could recognize the talents of African Americans not to only perform but write and produce their own music it raised the consciousness and compassion of mainstream white Americans.  But of course the best part of Motown was the incredibly beautiful music it added to American culture.  In their existence Motown Records has had an amazing 110 top ten hits.

motown_legendsWe all remember the fabulous artists and groups of Motown while some are now resting many are still with us and are current artists.

Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Micheal Jackson, The Supremes, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Rick James, Commodores, Lionel Richie, Four Tops, Teena Marie, The Marvelettes, Nelly, Erykah Badu, Lil’ Wayne, etc.  You can click on the names that have links and they will open in a new window so you play one of their hits in the background all night long and find your favorite songs.

This video is a must watch for anyone who grew up in the 70’s and will bring back allot of memories,  The Commodores – I’m Easy.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R83A4CU1pus[/youtube]

Who can forget the smooth sounds of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles – Ooooo Baby Baby.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r9j5RAqiXI[/youtube]

The last song is  from my personal favorite female R&B group from the Motown era Martha and the Vandellas.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdvITn5cAVc[/youtube]

Kalima was the inspiration for recognizing this great music many of us grew up listening to in the ’60s and ’70s

Written by KQµårk 死神

My PlanetPOV contact is [email protected] Proud Dem whose favorite hobby is cat herding. The GOP is not a political party, it's a personality disorder. Cancer, Heart Failure and Bush Survivor.

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  1. PatsyT says:

    You have to love this one


  2. KQuark says:

    A huge thank you to Adlib for fixing the embedded videos in my original post.

  3. Kalima says:

    Let’s not forget the mellow sounds of these guys.


  4. nicole473 says:

    I have to run pick up my manchild, so this is my last one for a while. Hopefully will be back before the debate!

    Marvin Gaye, “Heard it Through the Grapevine”


  5. nicole473 says:

    Sam Cooke “Cupid”


    And “You Send Me”


    • johnie2xs says:

      I saw a couple of Marvin Gay songs but not my favorite.
      This was the first 8 track tape that I ever bought and played
      in my brand new Magnavox tape deck I had just installed in
      my 1964 Chevy Biscayne, 327 Police Package Detective’sCar.
      Aw Geez,….I think I’m getting wood.


      And here is a haunting A Cappella version of the same song.


      And my all time favorite. At the time it came out I thought it
      was the greatest song ever, and still do.


      And another haunting favorite.


      Sorry, you guys got me goin’and I can’t stop.
      The great Clyde Mc Phatter


      I dare you to sit through this one. Clyde again.


      I know I’m getting carried away, but……The Dominoes


      I’m fellin’ like a damned DJ. Same song,two different artists.
      First, Lady Day;


      Now Blood Sweat and Tears. Sorry about the proselytizing.
      It was totally unintentional.


    • KQuark says:

      Sam Cooke is one of those phenomenal talents that could have been helped by Motown.

  6. Kalima says:

    Sorry to be dashing them off like mini rockets but will start to get a little busy soon. It’s Saturday morning here, cleaning day in the KK house.


  7. Kalima says:

    The Diva.


  8. Kalima says:

    A bit of Smokey anyone and I’m not passing the joint here.


  9. KQuark says:

    One of the most amazing natural talents ever and one of my favorite songs in the 70’s. The way she sings those high notes still gives me goosebumps.

  10. Kalima says:

    A great loss to the music world when Tammy left us still so young.


  11. nicole473 says:

    Mary Wells “My Guy” and “Two Lovers”


  12. Kalima says:

    No Motown list would be complete without this. Happy memories.

    Sorry about the addition of the words.


  13. KQuark says:

    It ain’t a party without the pork or the funk.

  14. nicole473 says:

    I LOVE liberal men. Why, you ask? 😉

    Cause I have NEVER known a conservative male who really got in to Motown.

    They ain’t got NO soul. 😆


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