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  • FUNK BROTHERS GUITARIST JOE MESSINA DEAD AT 93

    04/05/2022 1:16:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    UltimateClassicRock ^ | April 5, 2022 | Bryan Rolli
    Joe Messina, one of the original guitarists for Motown Records' in-house backing band the Funk Brothers, died on Monday at the age of 93. Born on Dec. 13, 1928, in Detroit, Messina began playing guitar as a child and dropped out of high school to pursue a career as a jazz musician. He gigged in local clubs and led a band, the Joe Messina Orchestra, before joining the house band for the daily children's television show The Soupy Sales Show, where he played alongside jazz legends such as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. In 1959, Motown founder Berry...
  • Wanda Young Dies: Singer For The Marvelettes On ‘Please Mr. Postman’ Was 78

    12/26/2021 1:56:15 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Deadline ^ | December 25, 2021 | Bruce Haring
    Wanda Young, one of the original Marvelettes on Motown’s Tamla label in the 1960s and later the group’s lead singer, has died. She was 78 and passed on Dec. 15 in Garden City, Michigan from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to her daughter. Young joined the Marvelettes as they signed their first record deal with Motown. The group scored Motown’s first song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1961. The song also was No. 1 on the R&B chart. “Please Mr. Postman” became the Marvelettes signature, and has since been covered by...
  • [bleep] Antifa!” – Police Intervene as Antifa Goons Get Their Butts Kicked in Modesto, CA (VIDEO)

    08/28/2021 8:22:39 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 55 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | August 28, 2021 at 6:45pm | Cristina Laila
    Modesto, California – Police intervened as a group of Antifa dressed in black bloc got their asses beat by a group of conservatives. Antifa goons were taking quite a beating by conservatives when police swooped in broke up the fight. Conservatives held a “straight pride” event in Modesto on Saturday when Antifa and other left-wing protesters showed up to start trouble. Pro-family and pro-life protesters stood in front of Planned Parenthood holding anti-abortion signs. About an hour into the event, a brawl broke out between Antifa and conservatives. VIDEO (language warning):
  • 50 YEARS AGO: TEMPTATIONS HIT NO. 1 WITH OLD-SCHOOL ‘JUST MY IMAGINATION’

    04/04/2021 1:57:52 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    UltimateClassicRock ^ | April 3, 2021 | Tyler Sage
    Turning points in music history are almost always more complicated than they appear at first glance. That's exactly the case with the Temptations' "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 3, 1971. In a way, the history of the song goes back to 1969, when Motown producer Norman Whitfield and his frequent writing partner Barrett Strong penned it. At the time, though, it didn't fit with what the Temptations were doing; it was a ballad perfectly set up for a dreamy, romantic orchestration, and the group had moved away...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Tunes For Our Troops: Music of Motown ~ 03 April 2021

    04/02/2021 6:00:57 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 160 replies
    Our Troops Rock ! | The Canteen Crew and FRiend
    ***** Tunes For Our Troops ~Canteen Music Dedication Presents~~ The Music of Motown ~ *****~ Support The Artists You Hear Throughout The Canteen ! ~ ***** Warning: Not all music may be appropriate for children! Please click with caution. Thank you! Tunes For The Troops This music is provided for the entertainment of our Troops, Veterans, Allies & their families! Enjoy the variety of musical selections that the Canteen DJs provide throughout the thread. Please ping any DJ with your requests for the Troops! All music is removed on Monday.Thanks to all the DJs for their time & effort...
  • Mary Wilson, Co-Founder of The Supremes, Dead at 76

    02/09/2021 11:35:26 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 9, 2021 | Megan Stone
    The popular Motown group recently celebrated its 60th anniversary.The Motown legend's death takes place just days after the legendary girl group, of whom she was...Read More The music industry is mourning the death of Mary Wilson, a Motown legend and co-founder of The Supremes. She was 76. The legendary girl group, of which she was the longest-running member, recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. Wilson's longtime friend and publicist, Jay Schwartz, confirmed her death early Tuesday. Berry Gordy, founder of Motown, openly grieved the late legend in a public statement, writing, "I was always proud of Mary. She was quite...
  • Rare Marvin Gaye Instrumental Album Made Available for Very First Time

    01/25/2021 3:39:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NME ^ | 25th January 2021 | Will Lavin
    The funk-driven LP was recorded in 1971Recorded during the summer of 1971, ‘Funky Nation: The Detroit Instrumentals’ is the result of some downtime Gaye had after refusing to tour in support of his game-changing classic album, ‘What’s Going On’. Released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the title track from ‘What’s Going On’, the 14-track, funk-driven collection of instrumentals hears Gaye joined by the late Hamilton Bohannon on drums, Ray Parker Jr. (17-years-old at the time,) Wah Wah Watson, and Leroy Emmanuel on guitars, as well as a 20-year-old Michael Henderson on bass. While some of the tracks have been...
  • Why the Temptations Nearly Didn't Record 'Papa Was a Rolling Stone'

    09/25/2020 1:52:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    UltimateClassicRock ^ | Corey Irwin
    “It was the third of September / That day I’ll always remember,” begins “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” the classic song by the Temptations. Though it became one of their biggest hits, the group initially rejected the song - and that opening line proved problematic as well. “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” was penned by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, two of the most successful songwriters in Motown’s arsenal. Whitfield created the song’s haunting melody, while Strong handled the lyrics. “Norman said he wanted lyrics that were fun, not serious, so listeners would have a good time with it,” Strong...
  • Hitsville: The Making of Motown - We Got It, You Need It.

    04/06/2020 7:13:26 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 16 replies
    MOTUS ^ | 4-6-20 | MOTUS
    Monday: day 23 of the shutdown for some of us. Most strikes don’t last this long.But let’s forget about pathogens, pandemics and politics for the day. I have something much better for you to focus on, music and movies. Or to be more precise, a movie about music – Hitsville: The Making of Motown is a nearly 2 hour documentary film that explores the founding of Motown in Detroit in 1958. We just watched it last night.Hitsville museum, a simple house in Detroit where the legendary Motown sound was createdIt’s not without its flaws but all you need to know...
  • Gladys Knight, before Super Bowl anthem date, criticizes Kaepernick

    01/18/2019 2:25:13 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 73 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 18, 2019 | Sopan Deb
    Soul singer Gladys Knight, who will be singing the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl in Atlanta, seemed to criticize Colin Kaepernick in a statement published by Variety on Friday.
  • Motown Funk Brother Wah Wah Watson Gone At 67

    10/27/2018 11:47:34 AM PDT · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 35 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | October 25, 2018 | Elias Leight
    He joined the Motown house band, the Funk Brothers, in 1968 and later played on one of the Temptations’ most iconic singles, “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” which incorporates long, flickering funk riffs, bluesy excursions and pointillistic solos. The shimmery, lingering guitar part after the line “it was the third of September” is a perfect demonstration of the wah wah pedal effect. Ragin went on to appear on both Marvin Gaye’s sensual masterpieces, Let’s Get It On and I Want You, Quincy Jones’ most successful solo LP, Body Heat, Rose Royce’s breakout album, Car Wash, Smokey Robinson’s criminally underappreciated Love...
  • “The Sun Is the Same In a Relative Way But You're Older”

    09/02/2018 5:52:04 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 20 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 9-2-18 | MOTUS
    Enough with the politicizing at the funeralizing. It’s worse than 3 days of rain (which it’s going to do in these parts) on a holiday weekend. I know there’s more scheduled for today but I’m going to take a pass. Instead I’ll be celebrating a musicality Sunday, with a slight nod towards the neon gods that have and will be laid to rest this past week. My first selection, something I could use a bit more of: And the people bowed and prayed To the neon god they made And the sign flashed out its warning In the words that...
  • Divas Always Wear Mink

    08/17/2018 5:27:20 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 8-17-18 | MOTUS
    Beyond the music itself, the moment everyone talked about after Franklin’s performance at the Kennedy Center was the way, just before the final chorus, as she was reaching the all-out crescendo, she stripped off her mink and let it fall to the floor. Whoosh! Dropping the fur—it’s an old gospel move, a gesture of emotional abandon, of letting loose. – Soul Survivor Ah, such sweet sadness; the lights in Detroit - which only recently began to glow a bit again - will be a bit dimmer tonight as the curtain comes down on one of Motown’s great ones. Aretha’s...
  • Exclusive: Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Gravely Ill in Detroit, Winner of 18 Grammy Awards

    08/13/2018 7:07:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    www.showbiz411.com ^ | August 12, 2018 7:28 pm | by Roger Friedman
    This is exclusive, and heart breaking for me and for the family and friends of the great Aretha Franklin. She is gravely ill in Detroit. The family is asking for prayers and privacy. Originally diagnosed with cancer in 2010, Aretha, who turned 76 in March, bravely battled back and refused to be knocked out by illness. Her last performance as on November 2, 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York. Her final public performance was at Philadelphia’s Mann Center in August 2017. It was a miraculous show as Aretha was already then fighting exhaustion and dehydration. Aretha...
  • Legendary Temptations Singer Dennis Edwards, of Florissant, Dies at 74

    02/02/2018 3:21:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | Kevin C. Johnson Kevin C. Johnson
    Grammy-winning singer Dennis Edwards, an unmistakable voice during legendary act the Temptations’ heyday, died Thursday night (Feb. 1) of complications from meningitis, confirms his wife of 18 years, Brenda Edwards. Mr. Edwards, who lived in Florissant, died in a hospital in Chicago, and had been in and out of hospitals since he was diagnosed May 2017. He would have been 75 on Saturday (Feb. 3). Mr. Edwards received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, given to the Temptations, in 2013 that included original Temptations singer Otis Williams and the survivors of the departed members of the group. The Post-Dispatch profiled Edwards at...
  • Classic Motown - Al Wilson, Show and Tell

    11/29/2016 5:43:06 PM PST · by NFHale · 32 replies
    Youtube ^ | April 2010 | englishvampire78
    1973, Al Wilson, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week on January 19, 1974 and sold over two million copies.
  • WAKE UP EVERYBODY

    11/24/2015 6:36:18 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 3 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TDfPgd3Kyc ^ | Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
    At time stamp of 1:50, pic of Dr. B. Carson. Wake up, all the doctors Make the old people well They're the ones who suffer And who catch all the hell
  • Ben Carson On Being From Detroit: "We Love The Motown Sound"

    08/05/2015 5:43:45 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 5, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    CLEVELAND, Ohio: GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson opened up to David Webb about his personal life in a special that will air on Sirius XM’s the David Webb Show Wednesday evening. Webb introduced Carson by saying he has written eight books. “Clearly an underachiever when it comes to writing,” Webb joked.
  • Famed Detroit Jazz Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave Dies at 78

    05/24/2015 5:39:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Sunday, May 24, 2015 | Jeff Karoub
    Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, died Sunday. He was 78. Belgrave died at an Ann Arbor care facility and the cause of death was heart failure, said Hazelette Crosby-Robinson, a cousin of Belgrave's wife Joan. Belgrave remained active on the Detroit and international jazz scenes up until his death. Born into a family of musicians in Chester, Pennsylvania, he started playing professionally at 12 and joined The Ray Charles Band in the late 1950s — what he once described as "the beginning...
  • Motown singer Jimmy Ruffin dies at age 78

    11/19/2014 6:35:42 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 23 replies
    AP ^ | Nov 19, 2014 2:52 PM (ET) | MESFIN FEKADU
    NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown singer whose hits include "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Hold on to My Love," died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78. Philicia Ruffin and Jimmy Lee Ruffin Jr., the late singer's children, confirmed Wednesday that Ruffin had died. There were no details about the cause of death. Ruffin was the older brother of Temptations lead singer David Ruffin, who died in 1991 at age 50.