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Barbara McNair

Brenda Holloway had one genuine rival in the Motown glamour stakes. The delectable Barbara McNair from Racine, Wisconsin, even went into the annals as...

Berry Gordy Jr

Berry Gordy's family, like thousands of others, had moved from the southern states of the USA to Detroit, whose automobile industry in the years...

Brenda Holloway

Perhaps the most beautiful woman to step in front of a microphone at the studio, there was never a greater, more unfulfilled talent at...

Chris Clark

Motown boss Berry Gordy Jnr signed Chris to his label after she walked into his office in 1963 and performed an impromptu version of the Etta...

Chuck Jackson

Chuck Jackson racked up a string of uptown New York soul monsters on Scepter's subsidiary label Wand in the early 60s, but by 1967,...

David Ruffin

David Ruffin, who Marvin Gaye characterised as "one of the true artists of Motown", was among the most conspicuously gifted singers in all of...

Edwin Starr

Charles Edwin Hatcher was born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1942. He and his cousins, soul singers Roger and Willie Hatcher, moved to Cleveland, Ohio,...

Elgins, The

The Elgins were a quartet - three males (two of whom had originally signed to Motown as part of The Downbeats) and female lead...

Four Tops, The

The Four Tops got together at high school in 1954 and had been playing the Detroit club circuit since the mid-fifties, originally as The...

Jackson 5, The/The Jacksons

Given the built-in obsolescence of pop stars, it is remarkable that the singer who made the biggest impact in 1970 should have still made...

Jimmy Ruffin

Jimmy Ruffin was born in Collinsville, Mississippi in May 1936. He sang with his family's gospel group, led by his minister father, before moving...

Kim Weston

Kim Weston was born Agatha Natalie Weston on 30 December 1939, in Detroit, Michigan, and started singing in the church at the age of...

Martha & The Vandellas

Martha Reeves, Rosalind Ashford and Annette Sterling started singing together at their Detroit high school as The Del-Phis. In 1962 Martha was working as a...

Marv Johnson

When Berry Gordy first started his Motor Town touring spectaculars (the precursors of the celebrated Motown revues) Marv Johnson was a headliner on an...

Marvelettes, The

Hailing from the low-income Detroit suburb of Inkster, the 17-year-old girls who came together as The Marvelettes (originally The Casinyets - a corruption of...

Marvin Gaye

Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. (inspired by Sam Cooke, he added the "e" to his surname when he began his musical career) was born in Washington...

Mary Wells

Born in Detroit on 13 May 1943, Mary Wells started singing at the age of ten and actually auditioned for the Tamla Motown label in 1961,...

Michael Jackson

The King of Pop is a lofty title for any person to live up to, but there's no doubt that Michael Jackson was qualified. He...

Motown

With an $800 loan from his family and a roster of unknown young Detroit singers, former record shop owner Berry Gordy Jnr (pictured) started what...

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Paper Lace

Paper Lace made history in 1974 when their single The Night Chicago Died went to the very top of the American Hit Parade - and later...

Tomorrow People, The

1 9 7 3 - 1 9 7 9 (UK) 68 x 25 minute episodes Although a new version of The Tomorrow People was made in the 1990s with...

Robot Monster (1953)

Universally derided as one of the worst movies ever made, Robot Monster tells the frightening tale of earth's invasion by "Earth Ro-Man", a killer robot from...

Class Act

1 9 9 4 - 1 9 9 5 (UK) 14 x 30 minute episodes The aristocratic and self-centred Kate Swift (Lumley) is left abandoned and in...

For The Love Of Ada

1 9 7 0 - 1 9 7 1 (UK) 26 x 30 minute episodes 1 x 45 minute episode 1 x short special This fine, gentle comedy sported...

Lesley Gore

In 1963, a 17-year old from Tenafly, New Jersey, hit the top of the charts with It's My Party. The daughter of a wealthy swimsuit manufacturer,...

Visage

Poster boys for the New Romantic movement until Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran came along, took their ball and ran off with it, Steve Strange's Visage had more of a...

Red Letter Day

1 9 7 6 (UK) 7 x 50 minute episodes It happens in almost everyone’s life. There is a special day – a day of unusual significance....