Does ‘Dreamgirls’ Offer Lowdown on Motown?

Does ‘Dreamgirls’ Offer Lowdown on Motown?
The movie Dreamgirls tells the story of the rise of a small black record label and the ups and downs of its star girl group. The plot draws quite a bit from the story of Motown Records, its founder Berry Gordy Jr., and the Supremes. But how much of the …
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Jimmy Ruffin, Motown Hitmaker, Dead at 78
Singer Jimmy Ruffin, who had hits with “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” and “Hold On (To My Love),” died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital, according to The Associated Press. He was 78. No details were immediately available about the cause of death.
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Motown lives again with ‘Masters of Soul’
If you are able to take these selections and run with them (no judgment if you’re off-key), then you are heading in the right direction for Saturday night’s “Masters of Soul” concert at the Oxford Performing Arts Center. The ensemble music revue …
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Motown The Musical Tickets
The songs, the sound and the story of Motown The Musical celebrate 12 spectacular months in the West End! Motown The Musical uncovers the story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation. Featuring …
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Motown Dance Party Soul Sound Revue
Get your dancing shoes out and be ready to leave it all out on the dance floor. Undoubtedly the best Motown band in the land. An Infinity Hall favorite returns to satisfy your R&B craving, playing all your favorite hits and more.
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Launched – HITSVILLE The Birth Of Tamla Motown – Keith Rylatt
Keith Rylatt’s Hitsville! The Birth of Tamla Motown is the debut title from our new publishing arm. This fascinating story of the Tamla Motown Appreciation Society’s pivotal role in establishing the Motown Sound in Britain is lavishly illustrated over …
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Missing Hitsville: 10 ultra-rare Motown records

musicMissing Hitsville: 10 ultra-rare Motown records
Here are 10 of the ultra-rarest. Frank Wilson had a tough choice to make. He’d just cut his first single, the buoyant “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do),” for Motown’s Soul subsidiary. An estimated 250 demo copies had been pressed and a release date in …
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Motown, Northern and Soul night for Parkinsons Awareness.
we will be doing a collection & raffle to raise money for Parkinsons Awareness. Martin & guest Dj’s will playing a great selection of later day 20th Century Soul both on Vinyl & CD in a homely pub that’s just a few minutes walk from the City Centre, run …
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The Flip Side Returns To Waquoit
After a year in the recording studio, The Flip Side will return to the stage on Sunday, December 4, from 4 to 6 PM to perform at Higher Grounds Coffeehouse, a community music space hosted by the Waquoit Congregational Church. The concert presents a …
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Map of Motown: the sites that made the legendary Detroit label

musicMap of Motown: the sites that made the legendary Detroit label
Motown Records would release some of music’s most unforgettable soul and pop records of the next three decades. A defining moment for any first-time visitor to Detroit is squeezing into Studio A, a small room where the Temptations, the Supremes …
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PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Motown Actress and Soul Singer Morgan James Shares Her Musical Inspirations
Morgan James, who can currently be seen in Broadway’s Motown, will return to Manhattan nightclub 54 Below Sept. 15 at 9:30 PM. In anticipation of her 54 Below concert, James shares her musical inspirations as part of Playbill.com’s Playbill Playlist series.
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Hartland Teacher Immerses Students In Motown Culminating In Public Concert
Bean says the concert and film festival, featuring short student made movies about Motown, will be performed alongside professional musicians from bands like Soul Shake, The Social Bandits and Big Will and 360 Degrees. Admission to the concert is free …
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Explaining Grownup Music to Kids: Motown & the Rise of ’60s Soul

musicExplaining Grownup Music to Kids: Motown & the Rise of ’60s Soul
One of the groups to truly launch Motown into the stratosphere, The Marvelettes flirted openly with pop, soul and doo-wop during their ten-year run. They sang bouncy, piano-fronted tunes that could have easily fit with our early conversation about ’50s …
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Maddy & the Groove Spots plays motownsoul
Maddy & the Groove Spots plays motown-soul at Silver Dollar Showroom-Wort Hotel Contact Silver Dollar Bar by phone at 307-732-3939 for more information. Contact Info. cost. Free. details. Contributed 21 And Older. Website: …
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Jaki Graham will bring the Wonder of Motown to Soul Legends revue at Grand
Now Jaki takes her place in Soul Legends, a Stateside spectacular from the producers of The Magic Of Motown, that boasts soul smashes by Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, Sam And Dave, Michael Jackson, Barry White and …
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music‘American Idol’ Recap: Top 8 Girls Keep Motown Week Swinging
As “Motown Week” continues on American Idol, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. return to the Fillmore in Detroit to hear the top eight girls perform for their shot at season 14’s top 12. Just as with the boys last night, Ryan Seacrest …
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Dreamgirls continues to spark questions about its Motown inspiration
It’s a cavalcade of black Motown singers: the Shirelles, the Chiffons, Martha and the Vandellas, Little Richard and Stevie Wonder. All the characters are larger than life.” Running from 1981 to 1985 on Broadway, Dreamgirls won eight Tony Awards …
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Mr. Motown: Smokey Robinson at the Emerald Queen Casino
He shared several first-hand stories about the history of Motown, even joking that Motown started 30 years after he was born. He referred to an interview where he was asked what he does when he hears his music on the radio. “Turn it up!” he exclaimed.
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