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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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Thunder

1 9 7 7 - 1 9 7 8 (USA) 12 x episodes This short-lived series debuted on NBC on 10 September 1977 and revolved around the...

Paul Winchell & Jerry Mahoney Show, The

1 9 5 0 - 1 9 6 1 (USA) Ventriloquist Paul Winchell built his dummy, Jerry Mahoney, when he was a teenager, and the two...

My Honourable Mrs

1 9 7 5 (UK) 7 x 30 minute episodes Jane Prendergast Pauline Yates Henry Prendergast Derek Nimmo Trevor Crichton Aubrey Woods Sarah Sylvestra Le Touzel Tim Anthony Howden William Nicholas Drake Eric Forbes Alan Curtis Susan Caroline Dowdeswell Clive John Quayle Miss Wilkins Primi Townsend

Tripods, The

1 9 8 2 - 1 9 8 5 (UK) 22 x 25 minute episodes This Saturday tea-time sci-fi from BBC1 was adapted from novels by John...

Homeroom

1 9 8 9 (USA) 13 x 30 minute episodes Darryl Harper (Darryl Sivad) has recently given up a job writing advertising jingles to be a teacher...

Rodriguez

Born in 1942 and schooled in the Detroit folk scene, Rodriguez was a hard-bitten street poet. His experiences as a child of immigrants -...

Eagle Has Landed, The (1976)

John Sturges’ entertaining adaptation of the Jack Higgins novel starts from a similar premise to that of Alberto Cavalcanti‘s Went the Day Well? Michael Caine (pictured...

Man of The Moment (1955)

Through a series of accidents, a Foreign Office clerk (Norman Wisdom) in Whitehall goes to Geneva with the British delegation. He becomes the most important...