Motown turns 50
And to celebrate, the kind folks over at The Guardian have created a 3-part video piece featuring interviews with the likes of Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves and The Contours. I couldn’t figure out how to embed the videos on the blog (it kept coming up with some clip of NFL commentary) but you can check out parts one and two here and here. And if any of you find yourself in Detroit someday, I highly recommend checking out the Motown Museum. They still have the original recording studio there and you can see the worn out floor in the control room where Holland-Dozier-Holland, Smokey and all the other great songwriters who put Hitsville USA on the map. It’s quite something.
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Tears of a Clown
There’s no word yet as to if there will be some sort of concert celebration similar to the one the company, now a subsidiary of Universal Music, held for it’s 25th anniversary. But then really, how do you top this: