Today’s edition of Turntable Tuesday is brought to you by… MOTOWN.
Motown is a record company founded by Berry Gordy Jr. in 1959 in Detroit, Michigan. The “Motown Sound” is a combination of soul, R&B and pop that played an important role in the racial integration of popular music in North America. Motown may have been created by Gordy, but its success is partially owed to his sister, Esther Gordy Edwards, who lent him the cash to start the label and became an integral part of Motown’s business operations.
History lesson complete, let’s move on to the music.
Motown’s “Girl Groups” (The Marvelettes, Martha & the Vandellas, Gladys Knight & the Pips and The Supremes) paved the way for female artists of the 80’s, 90’s and beyond. There would be no Beyonce without Diana Ross, so I dedicate this Tuesday to the ladies of Motown.
SEGUE to one of my favourite Youtube shows: What’s In My Bag by Amoeba Records. In this short segment, Amoeba invites an artist, band or otherwise interesting figure to Amoeba Records (either in Berkley or Hollywood) and after they’ve shopped around, they talk about what they chose. I am always interested to know what kind of music musicians listen to. This show is a great way to discover new music, and I highly recommend it.
A few weeks ago, the featured artists were Mary Wilson (of the Supremes) Freda Payne (we all know the song Band of Gold) and disco queen Linda Clifford. I’ll let the video speak for itself. Their love for music is infectious!
Enjoy this playlist of rocking Motown ladies (and Dusty Springfield…)
Thanks for tuning in!