Midnight Train To Georgia – Gladys Knight and The Pips

Gladys Knight, the Empress of Soul, started out with family members Gladys, Merald “Bubba,” and Brenda Knight back in 1952. The group started out as The Pips,but with several members leaving including Gladys for a while. When she returned the group settled on the name Gladys Knight and The Pips. Their original label was Brunswick where they did not score any hits. It was not until the moved to Motown…

January 15, 2017
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When She Was My Girl – The Four Tops

What can I say about The Four Tops that has not already been said? All I can say is that The Four Tops along with The Temptations, The Miracles and Diana Ross and The Supremes, where the groups that led the crossover to the Popcharts and placed the Motown/Detroit Sound and R&B/Soul solidly on the international scene. I was to see all of these groups in a Motown Revue back…

January 1, 2017
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Carwash – Rose Royce

Who remembers the movie “Carwash,” starring The Pointer Sisters, Richard Pryor and George Carlin? The soundtrack from the movie was just jumping. The main group on the soundtrack was a group from the Detriot Sound over at Motown Records. They were known as “Rose Royce.” Rose Royce a R&B and Soul group debuted from that soundtrack, a compilation of songs that would go on to win a Grammy award for…

November 18, 2016
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I Found Love On A Two Way Street – Stacy Lattisaw

Stacy Lattisaw started singing professionally around the age of 12, back in 1979. She had two fantastic producers that guided her musical career, Van McCoy and Narada Michael Walden. Her first major hit that peaked at number two on the R&B Charts was “I Found Love On A Two Way Street.” Her biggest hit however, was a Collaboration with Johnny Gill, which was “Where Do We Go From Here.” Under…

October 23, 2016
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Dancing In The Streets – Martha and The Vandellas

Martha Reeves, was the lead singer for the Motown group Martha and The Vandellas. She is also known as a former Council woman in Detroit. Her fronting the group was what made the difference in terms of becoming famous. Prior to her joining the group they were predominantly a backup group for other Motown R&B/Soul artists. This is Martha and The Vandellas signature tune.

October 14, 2016
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“Midnight Train To Georgia” – Gladys Knight and The Pips

“The Empress of Soul,” Gladys Maria Knight,although born in Atlanta, Georgia you would thing she would have been signed to one of the Southern Soul Labels. She was however, signed to Motown Records and was one of the groups that help put the Detroit Sound (Motown Records) on the map. The Pips had two of her cousins and a brother as members. She and the Pips used to be the…

October 9, 2016
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“Ain’t No Woman Like The One I Got” – The Four Tops

The Four Tops, with Levi Stubbs as the lead singer is one of the top groups coming out of Detroit, Motown Records that created the Motown Sound. Like most groups they started out with a different name (The Four Aims). Always pitted against The Temptations, yet their records had, in my opinion a different feeling. They were not as flashy as the Temps, yet still successful. Most groups in the…

October 9, 2016
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The Meaning of Soul Music

  I Love Music I have to thank my mother and father for introducing me to all genre of music, but especially the music of North America and the Caribbean. As my knowledge and curiousity grew I got to specialize in the type of music I wanted to purchase and listen. Do not get me wrong I still listen to all genre of music but the ones I listen to…

March 27, 2016
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