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  • The story of the first Ford Mustang video clip. (1965)

    01/26/2012 8:12:23 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 32 replies
    Martha and the Vandellas on the assembly line at the Ford Rouge plant on june 15, 1965
  • Obama, First Lady Get Their Groove On To Motown Hits (As The World Burns)

    02/26/2011 9:18:59 AM PST · by milwguy · 66 replies
    rcp ^ | 02/25/2011 | rcp
    President Obama and the First family danced to Motown songs during a celebration at the White House on Thursday night.
  • Obama celebrates the Motown Sound

    02/25/2011 6:33:23 AM PST · by safetysign · 36 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 02/25/2011 | Andrew Malcom
    Today, instead of warning another country, he praised Algeria for lifting its state of emergency decree that's been in effect since Obama was in law school somewhere. The Illinois Democrat has been chided recently for becoming something of a tardy diplomatic scold, warning many countries and foreign leaders but leaving Iran-bashing to underlings. So, Obama took the occasion Thursday to make a considerably longer statement celebrating the Motown Sound and Black History Month at another star-studded White House music party. (See complete texts of both statements below.)
  • Smokey Robinson tops White House concert (Band plays on as S.S. Obama sinks into oblivion)

    02/24/2011 7:20:12 AM PST · by milwguy · 36 replies
    upi ^ | 2/24/2011 | upi
    U.S. soul singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson headlines a White House Motown tribute Thursday that also features singers from the TV musical comedy-drama "Glee." Also performing for U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will be Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, Gloriana, Nick Jonas, Ledisi, John Legend, Seal, Jordin Sparks and Amber Riley and Mark Salling from "Glee," the White House said. Keyboardist Greg Phillinganes will be the night's music director. The concert, a U.S. Black History Month event, will be taped in the White House East Room and be broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service stations Tuesday. Robinson, Legend...
  • Obama bringing Motown to White House

    02/16/2011 8:44:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | February 16, 2011
    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will mark Black History Month at the White House with a celebration of Motown music. The White House says performers will include Smokey Robinson, Sheryl Crow and John Legend. The Feb. 24 event will be taped and broadcast on PBS March 1....
  • 'Please Mr. Postman' Motown star dies, aged 66

    01/27/2011 2:09:27 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 25 replies
    LOS ANGELES — Gladys Horton, the lead singer of Motown girl group the Marvelettes whose hits included "Please Mr. Postman," has died at the age of 66, her son said Thursday. Horton died Wednesday in a nursing home north of Los Angeles where she had been recovering from a stroke, said her son Vaughn Thornton said in a statement released by the Detroit-based Motown Alumni Association. The singer was only 15 when the Marvelettes released "Please Mr. Postman" in 1961
  • This Man Is Not a Motown Celebrity

    10/06/2010 9:48:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wed, Oct 6, 2010 | LORI PREUITT
    A little Motown knowledge can keep you safe in the City. A criminal case in San Francisco is sure to get a lot of attention because the suspect has found a unique way to con people. Police say a man named Alan Young, who is also wanted for outstanding arrest warrants, has been impersonating Motown celebrities in an effort to scam people out of money, dining and hotel rooms. Police say Young uses his stolen status to entice "star-struck" business owners into wining and dining him, as well as providing him with lodging and entertainment. Here's how he rolls, according...
  • Can light rail keep young talent in Detroit? Project 'going to happen' with U.S. backing

    07/23/2010 10:31:08 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 91 replies · 2+ views
    MLive ^ | Friday, July 23, 2010 | Jonathan Oosting
    Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says the $425 million Woodward Light Rail Project -- which will run from Hart Plaza to 8 Mile -- "is going to happen" and that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood should be in town soon to announce additional backing. Bing made the announcement Thursday during a "big four" round table discussion hosted by Paul W. Smith of WJR-AM 760, suggesting the line could help reverse economic and population trends. "I think it's about more than just transportation," he said. "It's about economic development. Cities that I've been in that have a light rail system, you've seen all...
  • Detroit on the Brink: what 50 straight years of Democrat rule has done to a once great city

    07/22/2009 6:04:10 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 130 replies · 4,004+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | July 22, 2009 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Detroit’s death spiral began with Coleman Young’s failed administration. From 1974 until he left in 1994 Detroit became the quintessential liberal Democrat city. It offered nothing but high crime and low prospects and accelerated White middle class flight. When the under skilled and overmatched Kwame Kilpatrick was carted off to prison the Motor City virtually ceased to exist. Now after 50 years of inept Democrat political hack administrations Detroit is among the worst places in live in America. For the past three years FBI statistics have shown Detroit is the murder capital of the nation. Per capita it is more...
  • Michael Jackson’s Strangest Collaboration: Rockwell (“Somebody’s Watching Me”)

    07/08/2009 7:30:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 1,222+ views
    EmptyV ^ | Wednesday, July 1, 2009
    In addition to the members of his own family, Michael Jackson collaborated with a number of top performers like Paul McCartney and the cast of “We Are the World”. But one of his better (and stranger) guest spots was on the hit single “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell (currently heard in remix form on those Geico commercials). Rockwell was born Kennedy Gordy, the son of Motown founder Berry Gordy. Though he was signed to his father’s label, he supposedly managed to secure a deal without Berry’s knowledge. Jackson (who was a childhood friend of Rockwell’s) sang the hook for “Somebody’s...
  • Mother Supreme (Michael Jackson Will Names Diana Ross Potential Guardian of his Kids)

    07/02/2009 8:51:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 1,046+ views
    The Sun ^ | 7/2/09 | PETE SAMSON and VIRGINIA WHEELER
    MICHAEL Jackson's 500 million-dollar will names Supremes singing legend Diana Ross as his children's potential guardian, it was revealed yesterday. The will leaves his ex-wife Debbie Rowe - mother of two of the children - NOTHING. During a day of bizarre developments, it also emerged that the superstar will probably be buried near his grandmother in LA - after the expected funeral at his former Neverland home in California hit problems. Family ... Jacko and his kids Jacko, 50, chose his beloved idol Diana, 65, as carer in the event that his mother Katherine died before him, or was unable...
  • Record price for rare Motown disc: £25,742 for a single of Do I Love You Indeed I Do by Frank Wilson

    05/01/2009 1:57:33 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 8 replies · 444+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, 1 May 2009 14:45 UK
    ...The copy of unreleased 1965 single Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) by Frank Wilson is one of only two in the world. Motown boss Berry Gordy had all other copies destroyed after Wilson moved into songwriting and producing... Whereas the songwriter went on to achieve success writing hits for The Supremes and The Four Tops, the Do I Love You song disappeared until the late 1970s. It resurfaced as an "instant anthem" when it was first heard on the Northern Soul scene in England. Mr Manship said: "It was considered at the time as one of the greatest...
  • Four Tops Vocalist Levi Stubbs Dies At 72

    10/17/2008 9:10:28 AM PDT · by lunarbicep · 22 replies · 821+ views
    billboard.com ^ | October 17, 2008 | Gary Graff
    Arguably the most powerful voice in Motown's storied history has been silenced. Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs, Jr., died today (Oct. 17) at his home in Detroit after a long series io illnesses -- including cancer and a stroke -- that forced him to stop performing in 2000. He was 72. Funeral arrangements are pending for Stubbs, who is survived by Clineice, his wife of 48 years, and five children. "He had one of the most prolific and identifiably voices in American history," the Motown Alumni Association's Billy J. Wilson tells Billboard.com. "It's a deep loss, to the entire...
  • Four Tops legend Levi Stubbs passes away aged 72

    10/17/2008 10:48:27 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 25 replies · 1,404+ views
    BBC News ^ | 17th October 2008 | BBC News
    Levi Stubbs, who sang on Motown band the Four Tops' biggest hits, has died at his home in Detroit aged 72. The singer, who had not toured with the group for several years because of ill health, passed away in his sleep. Abdul Fakir is the only surviving original member of the group, who have sold more than 50 million records. The Detroit band became one of Motown Records' biggest successes, scoring hits including Bernadette and Reach Out (I'll Be There). Founding members Lawrence Payton and Obie Benson died in 1997 and 2005 respectively.
  • Ford's Great Schtick (V)

    08/26/2007 10:32:42 AM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 13 replies · 197+ views
    Ford Crossover ^ | today | self
    I'm not green. I think green hype is just that: hype. However, I love nature, owned and ran a landscape design/build biz for 10 years, am as conservative as they come, and still think the environment is a gift that we need to manage wisely. OK? Everyone with any sense believes this, and we all know it.The point is, I'm posting this link not because I'm pushing green anything (I think the whole "green movement" is diabolically opportunistic) but because I really like the positive and car-loving way that Ford is pushing it.I have to say also that, while I've...
  • Barbara McNair, singer who found success in Hollywood, dies at 72

    02/05/2007 4:19:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 653+ views
    ap on Daily Comet ^ | 2/5/07 | Jacob Adelman - ap
    Singer Barbara McNair, who became a film and television star in an era when such opportunities were opening up for black women, has died, her sister said. She was 72. McNair died Sunday after a battle with throat cancer in Los Angeles, sister Jacqueline Gaither said. "She was very family oriented," Gaither said. "She was more than just a star or a famous personality. She was a person of her own." McNair made her Hollywood acting debut in 1968 in the film, "If He Hollers, Let Him Go." She later starred opposite Sydney Poitier in "They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!"...
  • The BOB E. LEE Blues Band (a shameless plug)

    08/31/2006 4:04:46 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 157+ views
    CD Baby ^ | 2004 - 2006 | Bob E. Lee
    "PIECES OF BLUES" is Bob E. Lee's first recorded documentation of his interpretation of "the blues" as seen through his eyes. Bob E. Lee is a twenty-year veteran of the Chicago Southside blues scene. His guitar and blues-harp, give voice to the emotion of a life-lived in the shadow of the steel mills. Bob's powerful voice, along with his talent for story-telling, combined to create his own personal experience of the blues. Bob leads the "Bob E. Lee Blues Band," a group of talented and diverse group of veteran blues musicians who perform regularly at blues clubs and festivals, etc......
  • Ex-Motown Star's Property Allegedly Neglected

    06/07/2006 11:09:13 PM PDT · by Westlander · 2 replies · 213+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 6, 2006 | AP
    DETROIT - Former Motown singing star and now-City Councilwoman Martha Reeves has been a strong advocate of stricter housing code enforcement, but a newspaper says it discovered multiple violations at her own properties. Inspectors found 25 code violations at one two-unit rental property, include two emergency infractions for lack of maintenance of fire doors, The Detroit News said Tuesday. Ten of Reeves' 15 vacant lots are deep in overgrown weeds, grass and trees, the newspaper said. It said three contained dumped electronic equipment, clothing, furniture and construction debris. In a written response, Reeves said she acquired most of the properties...
  • Today in Music History - David Ruffin (Temptations) died 15 years ago

    06/01/2006 6:48:31 PM PDT · by eleni121 · 42 replies · 798+ views
    Sound Generator ^ | June 1, 2006 | Sound generator
    There will only be one David Ruffin and the group he led - The Temptations. Ruffin died today 15 years ago of a drug overdose. His driver took him to the hospital and dropped him off. At first no one knew who he was...a few days later family members claimed his body. There are lot of websites dedicated to The Temptations, David Ruffin, Motown music, and the era that produced the music.
  • Putting a spit shine on old pair of sneakers

    01/29/2006 9:50:10 AM PST · by Willie Green · 6 replies · 389+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 29, 2006 | M.L. LYKE -- Seattle Post-intelligencer
    With next Sunday's Super Bowl XL providing the motivation and drawing a spotlight, Detroit has been hard at work trying to transform a gutted ghost town into a city of splendor DETROIT - The old street musician, two hats pulled over his head for warmth, closes his eyes and growls a gospel number set on a 12-bar blues line. "I'm so glad I found you, so the world can't do me no harm. Oh, Lord. Oh, Lord. It's another day done." A tourist gives the man — he goes by Travelin' Blue — 50 cents. Blue looks at the coins,...