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    Berry Gordy fulfills dreams with Motown reaching 60 years

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    " Motown Records founder Berry Gordy looked out at the audience at a 60th anniversary tribute to his groundbreaking record label and saw his dream of making music for "all people" in the world fulfilled.

    Gordy told the packed Microsoft Theater at the "Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration" that he wanted his label to bring people together from all walks of life through "a legacy of love." The pre-taped concert, hosted by Smokey Robinson and Cedric the Entertainer, with an all-star lineup including Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Diana Ross, Meghan Trainor and Tori Kelly, airs Sunday on CBS, 8:00 PM, EST.

    "My dream came true," said Gordy, who started the African American label in 1959, building a roster that included superstar artists such as Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, The Temptations, The Supremes and Diana Ross.

    "I want to thank all of you fans, and your parents, and their grandparents. All around the world. I could say their great grandparents, but that would make me older than I want to be."

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    I've been listening to a lot of old school Motown lately. Still great stuff, I wonder how those songs would sound recorded on modern equipment.

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    If You ain't Watching this then You bee Missing some Grrrrrr8 Stuff...!

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    Wasn't there but should have been :


    First Hit: “Baby I Need Your Loving”
    Biggest Hit: “Reach Out I’ll Be There”
    Top Album: Four Tops Reach Out
    Career Highlight: Harmony and Unity across five decades

    Levi Stubbs, Renaldo “Obie” Benson, Lawrence Payton and Abdul “Duke” Fakir first sing together at a high school party in Detroit, 1954, and mold themselves into a harmony group called the Four Aims. They begin to perform at supper clubs in the city, with a repertoire of jazz songs and standards.

    In 1956, the quartet changes its name to the Four Tops to avoid confusion with a nationally popular act, the Ames Brothers. Their horizons widen, and they hit the road across North America, honing their act and performing with Count Basie, Louis Jordan and Billy Eckstine, among others. “We were like gypsies,” says Duke. The Tops also record, unsuccessfully, for labels such as Chess, Riverside and Columbia.

    The Four Tops sign to their hometown hitmaker, Motown, in April 1963, and record Breaking Through, an album of (mostly) standards for release on the company’s Workshop Jazz imprint. The LP is shelved and the foursome begins working with Berry Gordy’s hottest new creative team, Holland/Dozier/Holland. “Baby I Need Your Loving” – showcasing the melancholy drama of Levi Stubbs’ lead – breaks through: the record is a Top 20 smash in the fall of ’64.


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    The Four Tops did a decent cover of this extraordinary Left Banke song.

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    The Left Banke was Good in Their Short Career but one thing They would Never get was one of these :


 

 

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