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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On Wednesday August 24, 2011 91-year-old Esther Gordy Edwards may have been surrounded by family and some friends when she died but certainly not all the friends this lady of Motown had. For they would have had to have a museum a thousand times bigger then the one she created for the Detroit’s recording studio she founded.
When you hear our city’s legacy it makes you wonder how all that music, all those artists, all those musicians and all those hits got cranked out of a garage ( Studio A ) of a house that has sat at 2648 West Grand Boulevard from the start, but they did. And that house would be transformed into “Hitsville USA”.
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” I have never heard any song in my life that the words ring out so prevalent today in 2011 as the year they were written in 1971, 40 years ago “.
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You don’t need any details of why this Man was called this. The music says it all.
Jackie was one of the most dynamic performers to watch and listen to. If that man couldn’t make you dance you were DEAD!
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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
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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.
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Mayor Dave Bing is an IDIOT… PERIOD.
Detroit is so scrapped for money they want to take it out on those who they look to come and spend their money here. Visitors
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.
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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
Detroit Red Wings & Vancouver Canucks game just concluded. Jiri Hudler for the Wings won it in the shootout with blasting a bullet past Roberto Luongo. Final Score 2-1. This ending Vancouver’s 8 game winning streak and extending the Red Wings wins on the road streak to 8. Niklas Kronwall actually scored with only 24 seconds of the overtime period but was disallowed when the referee said Todd Bertuzzi interfere with the goalie yet no penalty was called.
No doubt when Hudler’s fiery slap shot blasted into the net.
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”