Lamont Dozier, Part of Legendary Motown Songwriting Team, Dies at 81
With Brian and Eddie Holland, Dozier formed the formidable "HDH" songwriting partnership that turned out many of the biggest hits of the 1960s for The Supremes and The Four Tops among other Motown acts.
Mary Wilson, Co-Founder of the Supremes, Dies at 76
Mary Wilson was sometimes overshadowed by Diana Ross in the popular Motown group, but her peers recognized her contributions to the Supremes and popular music.
The Temptations: Born in the Turmoil of the 1960s and Still Conquering
by Bruce Chadwick
Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, is out and out hit, and a great window on entertainment history.
Review of Mark Kurlansky's "Ready for a Brand New Beat"
by Ron Briley
A new musical history of the civil rights era will be familiar to scholars, but it still hits all the right notes.
SOURCE: Detroit News
Smithsonian searches for Berry Gordy portrait
Detroit— The Smithsonian Institution has been on a two-year hunt for a fabled oil painting of legendary Detroit business tycoon Berry Gordy Jr., founder of Motown Records. The portrait: Gordy dressed as Napoleon.The painting, created by a Detroit artist, is just as it sounds. Gordy, the brilliant, autocratic founder of one of the most iconic music labels ever, is depicted in early-19th-century military garb of the French emperor who tried to conquer the world.“Berry said, ‘Damn, I like that,’” the artist, DeVon Cunningham, recalled Gordy commenting when he first saw the portrait that had been commissioned by Gordy’s sister.That was in 1969 at Gordy’s former Boston-Edison home in Detroit. And that was the last time Cunningham saw the portrait....
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