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.

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

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

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

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PatsyT
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You have to love this one

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PatsyT
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And I think this is their first ??? Triva- any one know?

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Corgi Lover
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Patsy: If you change the URL by putting a “v” after http: like “https: it becomes fully embedded shown in the comment like the rest. It’s a luxury we have here. Enjoy.

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PatsyT
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You are way to cool FM- Thanks!

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

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nicole473
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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”

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nicole473
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Sam Cooke “Cupid”

And “You Send Me”

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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.

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Corgi Lover
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Johnie, as I said to Patsy, just change the “http:” to https: that’s all it takes.

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Thank you Sir. The first two, I have no idea how I managed it. The last was by your direction. Again thanks and I hope you enjoy my entries.

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Kalima
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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.

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nicole473
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Good choice!! They are my fave group to sing along with!

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

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nicole473
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Love Smokey.

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

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nicole473
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For sure. Love this song.

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nicole473
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Mary Wells “My Guy” and “Two Lovers”

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

Sorry about the addition of the words.

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nicole473
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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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Kalima
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Plus they can’t dance for monkey nuts. 🙂

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nicole473
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Bawahahahahahaha……….

So TRUE, Kalima!! Ahahaha…..

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nicole473
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I grew up in a Motown suburb. Have seen most of them in concert or just jamming in a bar. Some of my very fave music…..

One of my faves, Gladys Knight, “If I were your woman”

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javaz
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Wish I could play it, but I love Gladys Knight!

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nicole473
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Why can’t you play it, javaz?

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javaz
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We’re on dial-up.
No DSL lines available here, and we cannot afford to buy cable or satellite.

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nicole473
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I am sorry to hear that. Cable has gotten outrageously expensive and it is virtually a damn monopoly.

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Corgi Lover
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I actually have options where I live, the “phone company” supplies cable/phone/internet and so does COX. At least the cable and internet part. They didn’t have phone to begin with. My “new” neighborhood was wired for both when it was built.

None the less, it is expensive. When the conservatives talk about only paying for what you want, I’d love to do that on cable television. No Fox News (sorry, but they have a lot of sports networks, and I am not giving those up), No religious programming, and I have a number of other things I never watch that I’d be glad not to be paying on.

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javaz
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When we travel and go to campgrounds, lots of times cable or satellite is part of the camping fee, or we pay a dollar to view.
We’ve found that there are more commercials on pay TV than PBS or regular TV.
And we dog-sit for neighbors when they go on vacation and they have it all, but the commercials are unreal.
Why do you pay money to watch shows that air so many commercials?

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javaz
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Don’t get me wrong, because we could buy it, but we like to travel, so we prioritize our finances.
We’re on a fixed income, and yet we’re both young, imho, and it’d be a long boring story, but we choose not to buy TV or radio, so that we can travel.
We own a camper trailer, and we’ve been to 45 states, not to mention having lived in Paris for 2 years and Montreal for 4 months.
We sacrifice certain things, even though it’s not really a sacrifice at all.
We have prioritized.
Sorry for the rambling.

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nicole473
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Well, I am not able to afford travel anymore, so I envy you that. I suppose I could also make a few sacrifices, but my son would strangle me in my sleep if I gave up cable, lol. 🙂

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