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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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1984 (1984)

Based on the novel by George Orwell and set in the totalitarian future state of Oceania, this is the story of citizen Winston Smith...

Nat King Cole Show, The

1 9 5 6 - 1 9 5 7 (USA) This NBC series (the first TV variety show hosted by an African-American) began as a modest...

Hergé’s Adventures Of Tintin

1 9 6 1 - 1 9 6 2 (France) 50 x 5 minute episodes Tintin was created in 1929 for the Belgian weekly Le Petit Vingtième. The...

Trouble with Harry, The (1955)

A macabre comedy about a body that refuses to stay buried, The Trouble With Harry is an unusually rustic entry in the Hitchcock canon that’s...

Pixies, The

Having dropped out of the University of Massachusetts while on a college exchange program, Frank Black (real name Charles Michael Kitteridge Thompson IV) teamed...

Fleur De Lys, Les

Southampton's Fleur De Lys were a 1960s Mod squad who made all the right moves - signing with Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate label, working...

Bodysnatchers, The

Seven-piece all-girl ska/reggae band, The Bodysnatchers, were brought together in September 1979 by bass player Nicky - then a part-time veg seller in Berwick...

Agony and The Ecstasy, The (1965)

The historical inaccuracies in the movie are abundant. There is no record of Michelangelo's having been ministered to in times of illness by any contessinas,...