Posts Tagged ‘Motown’

Diana Ross and the Temptations – Rhythm of Life

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Motown first released Anthology: The Best of The Supremes in 1974. It quickly sold over a million copies and the label would go on to release revised editions in 1986, 1995, and 2001. This week’s Top Tune “Rhythm of Life” was added to the 2001 collection which Rolling Stone Magazine called one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

In 1968, two Motown supergroups; The Supremes and The Temptations, appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show to promote their upcoming projects singing each others’ songs. The Supremes sang “My Girl” with the Temptations singing “Stop in the Name of Love”. The union was so successful that it launched four separate high profile projects.

This week’s performance first appeared in the 1969 tv special, Diana Ross and The Supremes & The Temptations on Broadway. In the show, Diana Ross joins The Temptations acting and singing in musical comedy sketches from hit shows of the era. The tune was written by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields and also appeared in the Oscar-nominated score of Sweet Charity of the same year. The film version was sung by Sammy Davis Jr. You can check out Sammy’s rockin’ version in this award winning advert for Guinness Stout HERE.

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Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
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Master controlled by Universal/Motown Records. Contact: Doug James / doug.james@umusic.com

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Marvin Gaye – Witchcraft

The early jazz ambitions of the great, Marvin Gaye are on display for this week’s Top Tune which was featured on Marvin Gaye’s 1961 debut album, The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye. This collection also marked the second long-playing album ever released by Motown. Marvin, a great admirer of early rock n roll, jazz and bee-bop, wanted to follow in the footsteps of Nat King Cole and Ray Charles and include “adult” material on his album which was in contrast with the teen-oriented R&B singles that Motown had been releasing to that point.

The jazz and pop standard “Witchcraft” which was penned by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh, fit the bill perfectly. Gaye played drums and piano on this fascinating album which also included songs by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Rodgers & Hart. Berry Gordy produced the sessions and also wrote a stunner ballad for the lp called “Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide”. Marvin’s girlfriend and wife-to-be, Anna Gordy (Berry’s sister) co-wrote the rocker “Never Let You Go”.

So, here it is. The swinging beginning of a 20-year run on Tamla/Motown by one of the greatest singers of all-time!

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Publishing (Carolyn Leigh, ASCAP) controlled by Morley Music Co c/o MPL Communications Inc / contact: inquiry@mplcommunications.com

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Stevie Wonder – Sunny

Recorded in Detroit during the summer of 1967 at Hitsville Studio A, Stevie Wonder‘s version of the great Bobby Hebb crossover hit “Sunny” is this weeks Top Tune. Motown waited until the Spring of 1968 to release the first of three singles before dropping the album that included “Sunny” at the end of the year. First came “Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day” #1 R&B, followed by “You Met Your Match” #2 R&B then finally the title track to the album Stevie’s monster hit, “For Once In My Life” #2 Pop & R&B.

Hebb was said to have written the song looking for a brighter day following the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the death of his brother in a knife fight outside a Nashville nightclub the following day. Recorded by Bobby Hebb and released in 1966, “Sunny” went on to become a worldwide smash leading to a tour of the U.S. with The Beatles. BMI rated “Sunny” number 25 in its “Top 100 songs of the 20th century”. The song’s uplifting message struck a huge chord and hundreds of hit cover versions by Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Dusty Springfield, Ella Fitzgerald, Musiq Soulchild, to recent versions by Lee Fields & The Dap-kings and Toots and the Maytals. This week we needed to share Stevie’s version complete with harmonica solo y’all.

Happy summer everybody!

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Written by Bobby Hebb, Published by Portable Music Co. Inc. (BMI). Contact: Damon Booth info@notablemusic.net. Administered by BMG Chrysalis / contact: Wendy.Griffiths@bmgchrysalis.com

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Marvin Gaye – Sunny (Mercury Edit II)

This week’s Top Tune is without a doubt one of our favorite remixes of the year – Mercury takes on Marvin Gaye’s classic recording of “Sunny” and brightens up our day.

Mercury is comprised of the Swiss duo: Mel & Simon. Their remixes for Tom Trago and Homework caught the attention of the legendary Gomma Records who signed the group in 2010. The Gomma label is a music (and graphic) collective that is based in Munich and is led by Jonas Imbery (aka Telonius) and Mathias Modica (aka Munk). The Gomma collective consists of musicians, djs, bands, and graphic designers from all over the world.

Sunny” was written and originally recorded by Bobby Hebb and has been covered by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Toots & The Maytals, Ella Fitzgerald, The Four Seasons, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Nick Cave, Oscar Peterson, and Dusty Springfield just to name a few. BMI rates “Sunny” number 25 in its “Top 100 songs of the 20th Century.”

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Original Master controlled by Universal Music Group / http://www.universalfilmandtvmusic.com
Written by Bobby Hebb, Published by Portable Music Co. Inc. (BMI). Contact: Damon Booth info@notablemusic.net. Administered by BMG Chrysalis / contact: Wendy.Griffiths@bmgchrysalis.com

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