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Smokey Robinson (& The Miracles)

William 'Smokey' Robinson was born on 19 February 1940, the son of a municipal truck driver from what he called "the suave part of...

Spinners, The/Detroit Spinners

Despite scoring a transatlantic hit in 1970 with It's A Shame (co-authored by Stevie Wonder), The Spinners remained overlooked at Motown in favour of The Temptations...

Stevie Wonder

Born in Saginaw, Michigan on 13 May 1950, Stevie Wonder (born Steveland Judkins) was not born blind. The blindness happened shortly afterward as a result...

Supremes, The

In 1961 three teenage girls, Florence Ballard, Diane Ross (not until later would she be known as Diana) and Mary Wilson, began a journey...

Tammi Terrell

Tammi Terrell (real name: Tammy Montgomery) appeared in talent shows at the age of 11 and signed a recording contract when she was 15. In...

Temptations, The

The early history of The Temptations parallels that of The Supremes. The group actually started life as The Primes while The Supremes were called The Primettes....

Undisputed Truth, The

The Undisputed Truth came into being after Bobby Taylor brought Billie Rae Calvin and Brenda Joyce to Motown as part of The Delicates. When The Delicates...

Velvelettes, The

The Velvelettes were formed by Bertha Barbee at Western Michigan University in the early 60s, with Cal (Carolyn) Gill ending up as the lead...

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Neon Philharmonic, The

After the inspired fantasy of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the general perception was that any vaguely connected series of songs with a...

Valley of the Dinosaurs

1 9 7 4 (USA) 16 x 30 minute episodes Valley of the Dinosaurs debuted on Saturday 7 September 1974 and featured the cartoon adventures of a...

Running, Jumping & Standing Still

Aussie guitarist Doug Ford and singer Andy James moved to Melbourne when The Missing Links broke up in 1966.  There they formed Running, Jumping & Standing Still...

Sunstruck (1972)

Young Welsh schoolteacher and choral director Stanley Evans (Harry Secombe) decides to emigrate to Australia where the New South Wales Education Department invites him...

1955

January 01 - The US gives $216 million in aid to South Vietnam. 02 - President Jose Remon is assassinated in Panama. 06 - Comic actor (Blackadder and...

Lesley Gore dead: ‘It’s My Party’ singer dies of cancer aged...

16 February 2015 Singer-songwriter and actress Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in the 1960s with It's My Party, has died of cancer. She was 68. Gore...

Sweet Smell Of Success (1957)

A lacerating dissection of yellow journalism on Broadway, and one of the most acclaimed films of 1957. Burt Lancaster is the evil gossip columnist, J.J....

Show Called Fred, A/Son Of Fred

1 9 5 6 (UK) 13 x 30 minute episodes 8 x 30 minute episodes Son of Fred grew out of the five-part A Show Called Fred, which...