Motown Records & Billboard Hot 100

Motown is a record company originally founded by Berry Gordy, Jr. The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. 5.0/5

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"It's a Shame" is a song co-written by Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright and Lee Garrett and produced by Wonder as a single for The Spinners on Motown's V.I.P. Records label. The single became the Detroit-reared group's biggest single on the Motown Records company since they had signed with the company in 1964 and also their biggest hit in a decade. The lineup of the Spinners include original members Pervis Jackson, Henry Fambrough, Billy Henderson and Bobby Smith and lead vocalist G.C. Cameron. The quintet recorded the single in 1970. The song, which is about a man who complains about a lover's "messin' around" on him, became a huge hit for the group reaching number-fourteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-three on the R&B singles chart, making it their biggest hit to date. The song was the first song Wonder produced for another act by himself. Two years later, the group would leave Motown for a contract with Atlantic Records on the advice of fellow Detroit native Aretha Franklin, also an artist on that ...
Lionel Richie is the debut solo album by R&B singer Lionel Richie after leaving the Commodores. It was released in 1982 on Motown Records. The first single, "Truly", topped the Billboard Hot 100. Follow-up single "You Are" reached number four, and "My Love" reached number five. The album was also a hit, reaching number one on the Cashbox albums charts on December 11, 1982. In 2003, Lionel Richie was re-released as part of a remaster series that saw two additional tracks added to the overall package. A solo version of "Endless Love" and an instrumental version of "You Are" now round out the CD. Features Thomas Dolby on Synthesizers. Joe Walsh had played on the album this was his first album appearance since playing all tracks on John Entwistle's fifth solo album, Too Late the Hero. Track listing "Serves You Right" (John McClain, Greg Phillinganes, Lionel Richie) – 5:14 "Wandering Stranger" (Richie) – 5:38 "Tell Me" (David Cochrane, Richie) – 5:32 "My Love" (Richie) – 4:08 "Round And Round" (Cochran ...
~ Historical Music Trivia ~ January 15th: On this Day 1955: A young singer named Elvis Presley performs at the Louisiana Hayride, Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, LA, performing "Hearts Of Stone," "That's All Right, Mama" and "Tweedle Dee." In the audience is "Colonel" Tom Parker, who was witnessing Elvis for the first time. 1955: Billboard magazine reports that "music with an R&B beat is not longer regarded as a passing phase by major recording firms," citing the recent success of white pop covers of R&B hits. 1958, The Everly Brothers made their debut on British TV appearing on The Perry Como Show. 1961, The Supremes signed a world wide recording contract with Motown Records. Originally founded as the Primettes, they became the most commercially successful of Motown's acts and are, to date, America's most successful vocal group with 12 No.1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. 1964, The Beatles performed live at the Cinema Cyrano, Versailles, France, before an audience of 2,000. The show was a warm-up for ...
Tammi Terrell (born Thomasina Winifred Montgomery; April 29, 1945 – March 16, 1970) was an American recording artist, best known as a star singer for Motown Records during the 1960s, most notably for a series of duets with singer Marvin Gaye. Terrell's career began as a teenager, first recording for Scepter/Wand Records, before spending nearly two years as a member of James Brown's Revue, recording for Brown's Try Me label. After a period attending college, Terrell recorded briefly for Checker Records, before signing with Motown in 1965. With Gaye, Terrell scored seven Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" and "You're All I Need to Get By". Terrell's career was interrupted when she collapsed into Gaye's arms as the two performed at a concert at Hampden-Sydney College on October 14, 1967, with Terrell later being diagnosed with a brain tumor. She had eight unsuccessful operations before succumbing to the illness on March 16 ...
The Marvelettes "Please Mr. Postman" becomes Motown Records first song on Billboard Hot 100 on Aug 21, 1961
Highlights from today’s FAB Music Calendar for June 12th include… June 12, 1971 – The Rolling Stones were bumped out of the spot on the Billboard Hot 100 as Honey Cone replaced Brown Sugar with Want Ads. Honey Cone was the Los Angeles trio of Edna Wright, Carolyn Willis and Shelly Clark who were the marquee female act on the Hot Wax record label – The brainchild of the former Motown Records writing and producing trio Holland-Dozier-Holland who in the 1960s were responsible for twenty five hits from Motown artists including The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and The Four Tops. Want Ads debuted on the chart on April 10th, 1971…And within nine weeks climbed from to the Top of the American Pops on its way to earning gold record certification for selling one million copies. The song is credited as having contributed the structure, sound and attitude that would a few years later be the key ingredients to the emergence of disco. Honey Cone scored two more Top Twenty singles, but never again came close to the im ...
R&B singing sensation Ne-Yo has announced that he will be hitting Birmingham’s LG Arena on Thursday (March 14). Ne-yo’s fifth studio album R.E.D, is his first with new label Motown Records after being appointed as the label's senior vice president for A&R. The album crosses over a range of musical genres combining elements of R&B, pop and dance-pop, re-uniting with frequent partners StarGate as well as new collaborators such as Harmony Samuels, No I.D. and The Underdogs. Before hitting the big-time as a singer with his debut single ‘So Sick’, Ne-Yo had success as a songwriter contributing to number of songs released by top artists including; Mary J.Blige, Faith Evans, and most notably he wrote ‘Let me Love you’ for Mario, which reached number on the Billboard Hot 100.
What if Berry Gordy Jr. had not started the Motown Record Corporation? We might not have gotten to experience the artistry of some of the greatest performers of the last half of the 20th century. As the founder and driving force of Motown Records and its subsidiary labels (Tamla, Gordy, Soul, etc.), Gordy provided the access and organization that otherwise may have been unavailable to many of the talented stars who blossomed under Gordy's direction. The glory years for Motown were between its inception in 1960 and the moving of its headquarters from Detroit to Los Angeles in 1972. Over this period the label had over 110 Top Ten hits, according to the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Of those who recorded with Motown over this golden age (1959-1972), who were the top 10 acts? 10. Mary Wells. She was called "Motown Mary," and with good reason. She was the first artist to record on the Motown label itself and not on one of the subsidiary labels, the first to have Smokey Robinson as a writer and producer, the first t ...
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