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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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Chris Clark

Chris Clark was a 17-year-old, 6-foot platinum blonde when she arrived at Motown's Detroit headquarters in 1963 to audition for Berry Gordy Jnr. The Motown...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Motown

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

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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Lucy Show, The

1 9 6 2 - 1 9 6 8 (USA) 156 x 30 minute episodes Following her divorce from Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball carried on as Queen...

Mold-A-Rama

Forget about buying pre-made souvenirs. In the future (and by "the future" we mean the 1950s), true souvenir connoisseurs would make their own, courtesy...

Walking Tall

1 9 8 1 (USA) 7 x 60 minute episodes Buford Pusser (Bo Svenson) was the big, brawling sheriff of McNeal County, Tennessee. A former Marine and ex-wrestler, Buford...

Life Less Ordinary, A (1997)

Holly Hunter and Delroy Lindo are cast as angels on assignment to make a love connection between Robert (Ewan McGregor), a scruffy, unemployed janitor, and...

Operation Bikini (1963)

A single submarine and its crew deliver a brave six-man underwater demolition team to a rendezvous behind Japanese lines to undertake a secret operation...

And God Created Woman (1956)

Roger Vadim created a scandal with his first film, And God Created Woman, which starred his young wife Brigitte Bardot. The ruckus was caused by the...

Skyjacked (1972)

An action-adventure film based on the novel Hijacked by David Harper. Captain Hank O'Hara Charlton Heston Angela Thacher Yvette Mimieux Sgt. Jerome K. Weber/Weller James Brolin Sgt. Ben Puzo Claude Akins Clara...

Combat!

1 9 6 2 - 1 9 6 7 (USA) 152 x 60 minute episodes The longest-running WWII series on television, this one-hour drama followed a frontline...