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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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My Six Loves (1963)

Exhausted by her hectic career, Broadway superstar Janice Courtney (Debbie Reynolds) collapses before a throng of reporters and is ordered by her doctor to...

Gypsy (1962)

Based on the memoirs of striptease queen Gypsy Rose Lee, the film follows her early years in vaudeville, which involved being dragged from one...

Yachts

This little known British band produced some killer power pop during the early 80s and should have been huuuuuge stars - but sadly they weren't and...

Ladies Man, The (1961)

Mrs Wellonmellon (Helen Traubel) hires Herbert H. Heebert (Jerry Lewis) to work as a handyman and general dogsbody around her boarding house for young...

Joy Division

Joy Division formed in Manchester, England, in January 1977 originally as The Stiff Kittens, then Warsaw. The name they finally settled on came from House of...

Andy Robson

1 9 8 2 (UK) 20 x 25 minute episodes This Tyne Tees series was based on Frederick Grice's 1969 novel, The Courage of Andy Robson, about...

Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, The (1974)

The bittersweet story of a Jewish boy from Montreal struggling up out of the ghetto, using any and every means he can lay his...

Circus Of Fear (1966)

Circus Of Fear starts with a dramatic and meticulously-planned armoured car heist against the backdrop of Tower Bridge. It all goes horribly wrong when a...
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