History Creator / Motown

30th Nov '16 2:06:53 PM MarkLungo
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Finally, Motown was famous for the sheer number of hugely successful acts they signed. At one time or another, Music/MarvinGaye, Music/StevieWonder, [[Music/MichaelJackson Michael]] [[Music/TheJacksonFive Jackson]], Music/LionelRichie, Music/BoyzIIMen and Music/RickJames were artists signed to one of Gordy's Motown labels, while famous acts from the glory days of the label like the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Supremes or Martha Reeves and the Vandellas quickly became household names.

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Finally, Motown was famous for the sheer number of hugely successful acts they signed. At one time or another, Music/MarvinGaye, Music/StevieWonder, [[Music/MichaelJackson Michael]] [[Music/TheJacksonFive Jackson]], Music/LionelRichie, Music/BoyzIIMen and Music/RickJames were artists signed to one of Gordy's Motown labels, while famous acts from the glory days of the label like the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Supremes Music/TheSupremes or Martha Reeves and the Vandellas quickly became household names.




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!!Motown performers with Wiki/TVTropes pages:
[[index]]
* Creator/BillCosby
* Music/MarvinGaye
* Music/MichaelJackson
* Music/TheJacksonFive
* Music/LionelRichie
* Music/TheSupremes
* Music/StevieWonder
[[/index]]
18th Oct '16 2:55:37 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* ProductionPosse: The Funk Brothers, a rotating ensemble of 10+ exceptionally skilled session musicians, responsible for creating [[SignatureStyle the label's distinct sound]] by playing on nearly all of Mowtown's best and most popular singles from it's beginning to when Gordy moved it to [=LA=]. The documentary, ''Standing In The Shadows Of Mowtown'', chronicles the group's entire history, intercut with an all-star tribute concert with the (as of 2002) surviving members and a host of [=R&B=] superstars.

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* ProductionPosse: The Funk Brothers, a rotating ensemble of 10+ exceptionally skilled session musicians, responsible for creating [[SignatureStyle the label's distinct sound]] by playing on nearly all of Mowtown's Motown's best and most popular singles from it's its beginning to when Gordy moved it to [=LA=]. The documentary, ''Standing In The Shadows Of Mowtown'', Motown,'' chronicles the group's entire history, intercut with an all-star tribute concert with the (as of 2002) surviving members and a host of [=R&B=] superstars.
23rd Jun '16 3:15:10 AM gewunomox
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->''"[[FracturedFairyTale Once upon a time]] in a kingdom known as UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}, there lived a young warrior named Berry … [who] took on the ways of the minstrel, and he began to write songs for others to sing. And a local celebrity, Sir Jackie of Wilson, heard some of the songs and put them on circular platters called “discs.” And the townspeople liked the sounds that emanated from the pressed discs, and turned them into something called “hits.” … So Berry went out on a great quest, and he found Miracles and [[StevieWonder Wonders]] and [[OddNameOut Marvelettes]]. And he brought the discoveries to a secret place called Hitsville, and there he taught them wondrous things. There was young Smokey of Robinson, and Mary of Welles, and Martha of the Vandellas. [[Music/MarvinGaye Marvin of the Gaye]] and Tammi of Terrell. And there were Pips and Knights named Gladys. And Temptations and Tops, Contours and Spinners. And before anyone realized what was happening, it happened: Hitsville became like its name."''

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->''"[[FracturedFairyTale Once upon a time]] in a kingdom known as UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}, there lived a young warrior named Berry … [who] took on the ways of the minstrel, and he began to write songs for others to sing. And a local celebrity, Sir Jackie of Wilson, heard some of the songs and put them on circular platters called “discs.” And the townspeople liked the sounds that emanated from the pressed discs, and turned them into something called “hits.” … So Berry went out on a great quest, and he found Miracles and [[StevieWonder [[Music/StevieWonder Wonders]] and [[OddNameOut Marvelettes]]. And he brought the discoveries to a secret place called Hitsville, and there he taught them wondrous things. There was young Smokey of Robinson, and Mary of Welles, and Martha of the Vandellas. [[Music/MarvinGaye Marvin of the Gaye]] and Tammi of Terrell. And there were Pips and Knights named Gladys. And Temptations and Tops, Contours and Spinners. And before anyone realized what was happening, it happened: Hitsville became like its name."''



** It was noted by Berry Gordy, while he worked at a local music store, [[SlobsVersusSnobs that jazz music sold far less than pop music]]. Gordy, keen to make an R&B/pop crossover style that appealed to whites and blacks, with both a sophistication and elegance not usually found in R&B, but not too sophisticated or uncommercial that it would alienate pop audiences ("[[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth Don't Bore Us, Get To The Chorus]]" was reputedly a popular motto of his when auditioning new songs) insisted that the Funk Brothers ''not'' play anything too jazzy. As the Funk Brothers were jazz musicians determined not to become too bored playing formulaic pop-R&B, and as Berry often kept the musicians interested by promising them they could make jazz music at some point and time, the musicians were limited by what they could play, but often did their best to sneak jazz into their accompaniment without Berry losing his patience with them. One might classify the "Motown Sound" as a compromise between the two worlds, to some degree. This, along with the sociopolitically charged/uncompromised lyrical content might explain Gordy's hesitance to allow concept albums like ''[[StevieWonder Music Of My Mind]]'' and ''Music/WhatsGoingOn'' to be released.

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** It was noted by Berry Gordy, while he worked at a local music store, [[SlobsVersusSnobs that jazz music sold far less than pop music]]. Gordy, keen to make an R&B/pop crossover style that appealed to whites and blacks, with both a sophistication and elegance not usually found in R&B, but not too sophisticated or uncommercial that it would alienate pop audiences ("[[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth Don't Bore Us, Get To The Chorus]]" was reputedly a popular motto of his when auditioning new songs) insisted that the Funk Brothers ''not'' play anything too jazzy. As the Funk Brothers were jazz musicians determined not to become too bored playing formulaic pop-R&B, and as Berry often kept the musicians interested by promising them they could make jazz music at some point and time, the musicians were limited by what they could play, but often did their best to sneak jazz into their accompaniment without Berry losing his patience with them. One might classify the "Motown Sound" as a compromise between the two worlds, to some degree. This, along with the sociopolitically charged/uncompromised lyrical content might explain Gordy's hesitance to allow concept albums like ''[[StevieWonder ''[[Music/StevieWonder Music Of of My Mind]]'' and ''Music/WhatsGoingOn'' to be released.
14th Jun '16 9:22:14 AM NWolfman
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* ExecutiveMeddling: Berry Gordy was obsessed with quality control and tried to veto the release of successful songs like "What's Going On" and "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" because he thought they wouldn't cross over well enough. Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder both ended up threatening to stop recording unless their demands were met.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: Berry Gordy was obsessed with quality control control[[note]]During one particularly brutal session in which The Funk Brothers were forced to record '''fifty seven''' takes of the same song, the band actually [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere snuck out when Gordy wasn't looking]] and hid in a local funeral parlor.[[/note]] and tried to veto the release of successful songs like "What's Going On" and "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" because he thought they wouldn't cross over well enough. Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder both ended up threatening to stop recording unless their demands were met.
14th Jun '16 9:17:34 AM NWolfman
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* ProductionPose: The Funk Brothers, a rotating ensemble of 10+ exceptionally skilled session musicians, responsible for creating [[SignatureStyle the label's distinct sound]] by playing on nearly all of Mowtown's best and most popular singles from it's beginning to when Gordy moved it to [=LA=]. The documentary, ''Standing In The Shadows Of Mowtown'', chronicles the group's entire history, intercut with an all-star tribute concert with the (as of 2002) surviving members and a host of [=R&B=] superstars.

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* ProductionPose: ProductionPosse: The Funk Brothers, a rotating ensemble of 10+ exceptionally skilled session musicians, responsible for creating [[SignatureStyle the label's distinct sound]] by playing on nearly all of Mowtown's best and most popular singles from it's beginning to when Gordy moved it to [=LA=]. The documentary, ''Standing In The Shadows Of Mowtown'', chronicles the group's entire history, intercut with an all-star tribute concert with the (as of 2002) surviving members and a host of [=R&B=] superstars.
14th Jun '16 9:17:25 AM NWolfman
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* ProductionPose: The Funk Brothers, a rotating ensemble of 10+ exceptionally skilled session musicians, responsible for creating [[SignatureStyle the label's distinct sound]] by playing on nearly all of Mowtown's best and most popular singles from it's beginning to when Gordy moved it to [=LA=]. The documentary, ''Standing In The Shadows Of Mowtown'', chronicles the group's entire history, intercut with an all-star tribute concert with the (as of 2002) surviving members and a host of [=R&B=] superstars.
7th Jun '16 2:43:10 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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->''"[[FracturedFairyTale Once upon a time]] in a kingdom known as UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}, there lived a young warrior named Berry … [who] took on the ways of the minstrel, and he began to write songs for others to sing. And a local celebrity, Sir Jackie of Wilson, heard some of the songs and put them on circular platters called “discs.” And the townspeople liked the sounds that emanated from the pressed discs, and turned them into something called “hits.” … So Berry went out on a great quest, and he found Miracles and [[StevieWonder Wonders]] and [[OddNameOut Marvelettes]]. And he brought the discoveries to a secret place called Hitsville, and there he taught them wondrous things. There was young Smokey of Robinson, and Mary of Welles, and Martha of the Vandellas. [[MarvinGaye Marvin of the Gaye]] and Tammi of Terrell. And there were Pips and Knights named Gladys. And Temptations and Tops, Contours and Spinners. And before anyone realized what was happening, it happened: Hitsville became like its name."''

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->''"[[FracturedFairyTale Once upon a time]] in a kingdom known as UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}, there lived a young warrior named Berry … [who] took on the ways of the minstrel, and he began to write songs for others to sing. And a local celebrity, Sir Jackie of Wilson, heard some of the songs and put them on circular platters called “discs.” And the townspeople liked the sounds that emanated from the pressed discs, and turned them into something called “hits.” … So Berry went out on a great quest, and he found Miracles and [[StevieWonder Wonders]] and [[OddNameOut Marvelettes]]. And he brought the discoveries to a secret place called Hitsville, and there he taught them wondrous things. There was young Smokey of Robinson, and Mary of Welles, and Martha of the Vandellas. [[MarvinGaye [[Music/MarvinGaye Marvin of the Gaye]] and Tammi of Terrell. And there were Pips and Knights named Gladys. And Temptations and Tops, Contours and Spinners. And before anyone realized what was happening, it happened: Hitsville became like its name."''
14th Apr '16 7:41:59 PM intersection786
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The early years of the label, and the career of the Supremes in particular, were the inspiration for the musical and movie ''Theatre/{{Dreamgirls}}''.


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The early years of the label, and the career of the Supremes Music/TheSupremes in particular, were the inspiration for the musical and movie ''Theatre/{{Dreamgirls}}''.

14th Apr '16 3:08:59 PM intersection786
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* GirlGroup: TheSupremes were the most successful, achieving nine number one hits and becoming arguably the second biggest pop group in the world next to Music/TheBeatles during the 1960s. Others included the Marvelettes and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.

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* GirlGroup: TheSupremes Music/TheSupremes were the most successful, achieving nine number one hits and becoming arguably the second biggest pop group in the world next to Music/TheBeatles during the 1960s. Others included the Marvelettes and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.
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