History Creator / Motown

16th Feb '17 4:45:04 PM Spinosegnosaurus77
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31st Jan '17 6:53:57 PM mkmckoy
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* ExecutiveMeddling: Berry Gordy was obsessed with quality 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.



* 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 Motown's best and most popular singles from its beginning to when Gordy moved it to [=LA=]. The documentary, ''Standing In The Shadows Of 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.
31st Jan '17 6:51:46 PM mkmckoy
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* MilestoneCelebration: The page quote comes from ''Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever'', an Creator/{{NBC}} special aired in May 1983 to commemorate the label's anniversary. While it reunited many of their best acts for some heartwarming moments, it's best known nowadays for Music/MichaelJackson's first moonwalk. It even got briefly featured in NBC's 75th anniversary special in 2002 as one of the channel's defining moments.
5th Jan '17 8:27:10 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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23rd Dec '16 12:10:26 PM MarkLungo
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* TheRival: Creator/StaxRecords qualified stylistically, because it specialized in tougher, harder-edged soul music in contrast to the more commercial pop sound produced by Motown. Ironically, although Stax specialized in music that sounded more "black" than what Motown offered, the label was actually owned by a white businessman, Jim Stewart, and featured several white musicians, including ace guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, on its recordings, not to mention distributing Music/BigStar through its subsidiary, Ardent. Creator/AtlanticRecords (Currently owned by Warner Music), a New York-based jazz and blues label, is another commonly cited rival.

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* TheRival: Creator/StaxRecords qualified stylistically, because it specialized in tougher, harder-edged soul music in contrast to the more commercial pop sound produced by Motown. Ironically, although Stax specialized in music that sounded more "black" than what Motown offered, the label was actually owned by a white businessman, Jim Stewart, and featured several white musicians, including ace guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, on its recordings, not to mention distributing Music/BigStar through its subsidiary, Ardent. Creator/AtlanticRecords (Currently owned by Warner Music), Creator/AtlanticRecords, a New York-based jazz and blues label, label (and erstwhile Stax distributor) that eventually released other genres such as [[RockMusic rock]] and [[CountryMusic country]], is another commonly cited rival.
23rd Dec '16 8:44:08 AM darkchiefy
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* TheRival: Stax Records qualified stylistically, because it specialized in tougher, harder-edged soul music in contrast to the more commercial pop sound produced by Motown. Ironically, although Stax specialized in music that sounded more "black" than what Motown offered, the label was actually owned by a white businessman, Jim Stewart, and featured several white musicians, including ace guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, on its recordings, not to mention distributing Music/BigStar through its subsidiary, Ardent. Creator/AtlanticRecords (Currently owned by Warner Music), a New York-based jazz and blues label, is another commonly cited rival.

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* TheRival: Stax Records Creator/StaxRecords qualified stylistically, because it specialized in tougher, harder-edged soul music in contrast to the more commercial pop sound produced by Motown. Ironically, although Stax specialized in music that sounded more "black" than what Motown offered, the label was actually owned by a white businessman, Jim Stewart, and featured several white musicians, including ace guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, on its recordings, not to mention distributing Music/BigStar through its subsidiary, Ardent. Creator/AtlanticRecords (Currently owned by Warner Music), a New York-based jazz and blues label, is another commonly cited rival.
21st Dec '16 4:49:34 PM darkchiefy
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* TheRival: Stax Records qualified stylistically, because it specialized in tougher, harder-edged soul music in contrast to the more commercial pop sound produced by Motown. Ironically, although Stax specialized in music that sounded more "black" than what Motown offered, the label was actually owned by a white businessman, Jim Stewart, and featured several white musicians, including ace guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, on its recordings, not to mention distributing Music/BigStar through its subsidiary, Ardent. Atlantic Records (Currently owned by Warner Music), a New York-based jazz and blues label, is another commonly cited rival.

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* TheRival: Stax Records qualified stylistically, because it specialized in tougher, harder-edged soul music in contrast to the more commercial pop sound produced by Motown. Ironically, although Stax specialized in music that sounded more "black" than what Motown offered, the label was actually owned by a white businessman, Jim Stewart, and featured several white musicians, including ace guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, on its recordings, not to mention distributing Music/BigStar through its subsidiary, Ardent. Atlantic Records Creator/AtlanticRecords (Currently owned by Warner Music), a New York-based jazz and blues label, is another commonly cited rival.
8th Dec '16 2:45:46 AM 06tele
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* SerendipityWritesThePlot: "Dancing in the Street" was meant to be a slow ballad, but Martha Reeves asked if she could sing it how she thought it should be sung, as an upbeat dance number. Having got permission, she sang it in the studio, only to be told that the tape hadn't been rolling. They told her to take it again, and her pissed-off delivery is what gives the final song much of its energy.

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* SerendipityWritesThePlot: "Dancing in the Street" was meant to be a slow ballad, but Martha Reeves asked if she could sing it how she thought it should be sung, as an upbeat dance number. Having got permission, she sang it in the studio, only to be told that the tape hadn't been rolling. They told her to take it again, and her pissed-off delivery is what gives the final song much of its energy.
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* SerendipityWritesThePlot: "Dancing in the Street" was meant to be a slow ballad, but Martha Reeves asked if she could sing it how she thought it should be sung, as an upbeat dance number. Having got permission, she sang it in the studio, only to be told that the tape hadn't been rolling. They told her to take it again, and her pissed-off delivery is what gives the final song much of its energy.
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