Yesterday March 21, 2013 Detroit’s own got their due by Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Our treasures, musicians, sound, style, epitome of the definition of Instrumentation.
Surviving members Eddy Willis & Jack Ashford attending this honor. Joe Messina who has been said to be sick viewed the ceremony via a live stream from his Detroit suburban home. To me this should have been done long ago and about time!
Because what you heard on every single one of the Motown Hits you was the music behind the vocals and they were simply called The Funk Brothers. But what a sound they created. No one on this earth could ever duplicate them if they tried.
The were not only Detroit’s legends they were the worlds. They were musics magicians. Extraordinary talents each and every single one of them. And if I repeat myself more than one time on this blog so be…
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Louvain Demps, Jackie Hicks and Marlene Barrow didn’t need Ann Bogan to sing lead on the only two singles Berry Gordy ever let this group record as a group.
They had more than enough talent to be one of the biggest acts to come out of “Motown” and Gordy knew it. So he again like he did with so many other artists literally held them back and put them in the back row with The Funk Brothers.
So Come Downtown And Enjoy It!
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“Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)”
Written by Holland / Dozier / Holland
Released in 1965
Kim Weston – vocals
The Funk Brothers – music
Another powerful voice of Motown but you wouldn’t know it since this was another artist Berry Gordy just left on the shelf.
Kim Weston born Agatha Natalie Weston was signed by Motown in 1963.
Written by Harvey Fuqua
Recorded in 1964
Mildred Gill, Bertha Barbee, Carolyn Gill, Betty Kelley & Norma Barbee
Filed under 1960s, Detroit Mi., Detroit Music, Entertainment, Hitsville USA, Motor City, Motown, MUSIC, Music History, Oldies, Song of the Day
Just the beginning of one. ENJOY IT!
Written by Holland–Dozier–Holland
Released in 1963
Martha Reeves – vocals
Rosalind Ashford – vocal
Annette Beard – vocals
Music – The Funk Brothers
Richard “Pistol” Allen: drums
James Jamerson: double bass
Joe Hunter: electric piano
Robert White: guitar
Eddie Willis: guitar
Thomas “Beans” Bowles: saxophone solo
Written By Junior Walker, Harvey Fuqua and Willie Woods.
Originally Released in Sept. 1962 on the Harvey Label.
Junior Walker – Saxophone
Willie Woods – Guitar
Victor Thomas – Organ
James Graves – Drums
Re-Released on Tamla 1966
James Jamerson – Bass
Born Autry DeWalt Mixon, Jr., Walker Smoked on Sax.
Cleo’s Mood is my favorite song from this group.
It’s a raw, seductive, sultry bump and grind number. A combination of Blues & Jazz.
I only wished the song could of gone longer like 30 Minutes. But I’ll take what I can get.
Filed under 1960s, Blues, Detroit Music, Entertainment, Hitsville USA, Jazz, Motown, MUSIC, Oldies, R&B, Song of the Day, Soul
Written by Smokey Robinson.
Released off the third self titled album in 1962.
Written by Ronald Davis
Released in 1963
Written by Smokey Robinson
Released in 1963
Lead vocals by Paul Williams
Background vocals by Eddie Kendricks,
Al Bryant, and Otis Williams
Instrumentation: The Funk Brothers
How in the world this didn’t become the very first hit for ” The Temptations ” is beyond me.
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Written by Smokey Robinson.
Rare Earth in Concert 1971.
Recorded: Civic Coliseum – Jacksonville, FL., Marine Stadium – Miami, FL., Cornell University – Ithaca, NY and At The Pharmacy – The Roostertail, Detroit, Mi.
Filed under 1960s Psychedelia, Detroit Music, Entertainment, Motor City, Motown, MUSIC, Music History, Oldies, Rock-n-Roll, Song of the Day, Soul
Written by Van Morrison.
Recorded at Cobo Hall, Detroit, September 4–5, 1975
Released April 1976
Bob Seger – lead vocals, guitar, piano
Drew Abbott – lead guitar, background vocals
Alto Reed – tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, percussion, background vocals
Robyn Robins – organ, clavinet, mellotron, piano
Chris Campbell – bass guitar, background vocals
Charlie Allen Martin – drums, background vocals
Released in 1959 on the Tamla Label.
Vernon Williams- added later
You are listening to the very first group ever signed to the ” MOTOWN ” Label in 1959. Yet Berry Gordy never ever gave this group any recognition what so ever. But that doesn’t surprise me.
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If anybody can watch this video without tears flooding out of your eyes or by its end not completely breaking down when Levi hits that last high note. Then all I can say is you don’t have a heart beating within you.
From The Heart: The Four Tops – 50th Anniversary Concert (2004) Detroit, Michigan
Released in 1967 on the A2 Records Label/A² 402
Written by Carole King & Ray Davies
Steve Correl – lead guitar, vocals
Bill Figg – drums
Scott Morgan – guitar, vocals
Terry Trabandt – bass, vocals
Released in 1963 on the Motown Label, Written by Smokey Robinson.
Actual Title was the longest in Motown’s History.
“A Breath Taking, First Sight Soul Shaking, One Night Love Making, Next Day Heartbreaking Guy”
This was a Report given to The House of Representatives in October 1999 about and directly on Horse Racing. 11 Years Ago
CHALLENGES TO MICHIGAN’S HORSE RACING INDUSTRY
Prepared by: Craig Thiel, Fiscal Analyst October 1999
Mitchell E. Bean, Interim Director – HOUSE FISCAL AGENCY
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All the younger people know is this was the song that Baby and Johnny seductively danced to in his room in Dirty Dancing.
The voice behind the recording us older folks knew all to well.
Solmon Burke had a life time of Music behind him, way too many to even count. His journey on this earth left us Sunday Oct. 10th.
Released in 1973 from the Ladies Invited album.