The 50 songs that had Motown dancing in the street The 50 songs that had Motown dancing in the street WITH the legendary label’s smooth and soulful tunes, stress is not an emotion associated with Motown, but a four week agony of choice has ended with the release of its fans’ favourite fifty greatest tracks.
Stevie Wonder is among the most celebrated, influential and inspiring musicians of the past half-century. He has set new benchmarks of popularity and artistry throughout his career: the youngest to have a No. 1 album, the first to reach that summit with a live recording, the first American to have an album debut at No. 1, and the only one to receive the Grammy® for Album of the Year for three consecutive releases.
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" is a song written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for Motown Records in 1966. The first recording of the song to be released was produced by Whitfield for Gladys Knight & the Pips and released as a single in September 1967; it went to number two in the Billboard chart.
What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" is a hit single recorded by Jimmy Ruffin and released on Motown Records' Soul label in the summer of 1966. It is a ballad, with lead singer Jimmy Ruffin recalling the pain that befalls the brokenhearted, who had love that's now departed.
Brenda Holloway (born June 26, 1946) is an American singer and songwriter, who was a recording artist for Motown Records during the 1960s. Her best-known recordings are the soul hits, "Every Little Bit Hurts", "When I'm Gone", and "You've Made Me So Very Happy."
Perhaps you've heard The Supremes' "L'Amore Verra'" — i.e., "You Can't Hurry Love"? Or The Temptations' romantic single "Mein Girl"? Starting in the mid-1960s, Berry Gordy — the legendary founder of Motown Records — had his biggest stars re-record versions of their hit songs in Italian, German, French and Spanish for European markets.
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" is an R&B/soul song written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson in 1966 for the Tamla label, a division of Motown. The composition was first successful as a 1967 hit single recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, becoming a hit again in 1970 when recorded by former Supremes frontwoman Diana Ross.
I Can't Get Next To You - Temptations 47. Cloud Nine - Temptations 48. Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today) - Temptations 49. Smiling Faces Sometimes - Undisputed Truth 50. This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak For You) - Isley Brothers 51. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted? - Jimmy Ruffin 52. Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler) - Marvin Gaye 53.
“Please Mr. Postman” takes 15 weeks to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, finally stepping up in December 1961. The following year, The Marvelettes score two more Top 20 pop hits, “Playboy” and “Beechwood 4-5789” (co-written by Marvin Gaye), then deliver the first Top 50 success for an up-and-coming writing/production trio at Motown.
"I Was Made to Love Her" is a hit single recorded by American soul musician Stevie Wonder for Motown's Tamla label in 1967. The song was written by Wonder, his mother Lula Mae Hardaway, Sylvia Moy and producer Henry Cosby and included on Wonder's 1967 album I Was Made to Love Her.
The original recording has subsequently been released on compilation albums such as Heaven Must Have Sent You: Holland/Dozier/Holland Story, released in 2005, and The Complete Motown Singles Vol.3 (1963), released in 2006. As of 2016, the only CD to find the track in stereo is "A Collection of 16 Big Hits, Vol. 2" on Motown MOTD-5449.
"Uptight (Everything's Alright)" is a 1965 hit single recorded by American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder for the Tamla label. One of his most popular early singles, "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" was the first Stevie Wonder hit single to be co-written by the artist.
The first Motown album by the group smolders with Gladys’ soul, then ignites with “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” as producer Norman Whitfield sharpens his agenda. GOING TO A GO-GO A trilogy of heartbreak – “Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tracks Of My Tears,” “My Girl Has Gone” – sets the tone for the Miracles’ finest work together.
The song is often referred to as "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave", but the title on the label of the original 1963 single was just "Heat Wave". Produced and composed with a gospel backbeat, jazz overtones and, doo-wop call and responsive vocals, "Heat Wave" was one of the first songs to exemplify the style of music later termed as the "Motown Sound".
One of my favorite Old School Motown Songs,My husbands too.Love the lyrics and catchy melody.I had the pleasure of seeing Martha in concert a few times about 20years ago in Atlantic City ,one of the casinos..forgot which one.I remember The Marvelletes opened than Martha and the headliner was Smokey Robinson.Hey you cant get names that big all in 1 show now a days.
The Cloud Nine album stands as a milestone for one of the most successful and consistently popular acts at Motown Records – or anywhere, for that matter. From early 1964 to mid-1968, the Temptations had delivered a remarkable 13 Top 20 pop hits, including four consecutive Top 10 titles, while eight – count ’em, eight – of their albums reached No. 1 on the R&B charts.
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" is a soul single by American musician Stevie Wonder, recorded for Motown's Tamla label. Released in June 1970, the song spent six weeks at number one on the U.S. R&B chart and peaked at number three on the U.S. Pop chart. In the same year, the song was also released on the album Signed, Sealed & Delivered.
"Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)" is a 1970 hit single for The Temptations. It was released on the Gordy label, and written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong. The song was used to anchor the 1970 Greatest Hits II LP. The song reached #3 on the US pop charts and #2 on the US R&B charts.
"Baby Don't You Do It" is a 1964 single by American singer Marvin Gaye. Released on the Tamla label, this song discusses a man who is at a standstill with his girlfriend, who he feels is neglecting his love stating "Don't break my heart/...I've tried to do my best".
"(I'm a) Road Runner" is a hit song by Junior Walker & the Allstars, and was the title track of the successful 1966 album Road Runner. Written by the team of Holland–Dozier–Holland, it was released on the Tamla (Motown) label in 1966 and reached the top twenty in the U.S. and the UK.
"(Come 'Round Here) I'm the One You Need" is a 1966 hit single by Motown group The Miracles, released on Motown Records' Tamla label. Unlike most Miracles songs, which were written and produced by the group themselves, "I'm the One You Need" was written and produced by Motown's main songwriting and production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, best known for their work with The Supremes and The Four Tops.