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Your 5 Favourite/Best Motown Songs.

Discussion in 'music' started by Mullardman, Jun 22, 2019.

  1. MVJ

    MVJ madvinyljunkie,Professional Plonker & PFM Member

    For me Tamla Motown was mixed in with Northern soul through sixties & seventies being a northern lad so I'm not sure I can pick any favourites I just love the whole lot and have amazing memories of that time in my life

    I have read through this thread & just about every song mentioned had me thinking " Yep thats in my top five"
     
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  2. SCIDB

    SCIDB Triode Man

    Hi,

    It is interesting when you look into the number of white artists on Motown. There were quite a few. Some of the tunes were great, others not so.

    Here are a few examples.


    Mike and the Modifiers. (this got a UK release in 1962)


    The Valadiers


    Connie Van Dyke


    Dorsey Burnette


    Pauline Matthews
     
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  3. SCIDB

    SCIDB Triode Man

    Hi,

    Are another five.

    Tommy Good


    R. Dean Taylor


    Connie Hayes


    Chris Clark


    Ray Oddis..........Is this the worst record on Motown?
     
  4. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    Who programmed this?:
    Under the Boardwalk - Bruce Willis What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
     
  5. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs hearing problems

    Not at all Motown, but easily my favourite Northern Soul tune (there are a lot of favourites...)

    Little Anthony and the Imperials - " Better Use Your Head"

    It just some it up, and it makes me want to dance about like a loon.



    excuse the intrusion into N/Soul, but (as someone else indicated) Tamla Motown and Northern Soul are intrinsically linked in my upbringing/ musical journey.
     
  6. Graham H

    Graham H pfm Member

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  7. Chris

    Chris pfm Member

    I love Tamla so much that I bought the 45th tamla Anniversary singles box of 20 singles when it came out, just to have it. I have never, ever played them ´cos I got rid of my Lingo 1 just before buying the box and I have never been able to play them with my Norton Air Power of course. But I don´t care, I may find a Dansette one day.

    1. FRANK WILSON - DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) / CHRIS CLARK - DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO)

    2. JR WALKER & THE ALL STARS - SHOTGUN / (I'M A) ROAD RUNNER

    3. THE TEMPTATIONS - PAPA WAS A ROLLIN' STONE / CLOUD NINE

    4. FOUR TOPS - REACH OUT I'LL BE THERE / BERNADETTE

    5. STEVIE WONDER - UPTIGHT (EVERYTHING'S ALRIGHT) / YESTER ME YESTER YOU YESTERDAY

    6. R. DEAN TAYLOR - THERE'S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE / GOTTA SEE JANE

    7. THE VELVELETTES - NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK / HE WAS REALLY SAYIN' SOMETHIN'

    8. SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES - THE TEARS OF A CLOWN / THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS

    9. DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES - BABY LOVE / WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO

    10. EDWIN STARR - WAR / STOP THE WAR NOW

    11. MARVIN GAYE - I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE / WHAT'S GOING ON

    12. JIMMY RUFFIN - WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN HEARTED / FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND

    13. THE ISLEY BROTHERS - THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) / BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE

    14. MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS - DANCING IN THE STREET / FORGET ME NOT

    15. MICHAEL JACKSON & THE JACKSON 5 - I WANT YOU BACK / DOCTOR MY EYES

    16.THE TEMPTATIONS - MY GIRL / AIN'T TOO PROUD TO BEG

    17. FOUR TOPS - I CAN'T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE HONEY BUNCH) / WALK AWAY RENEE

    18. DIANA ROSS - I'M STILL WAITING / TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING

    19. THE MARVELETTES - PLEASE MR POSTMAN / WHEN YOU'RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE

    20. SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES - I SECOND THAT EMOTION / GOING TO A GO GO


    But my favourite of all time is Mary Wells - My Guy. and Stevie Wonder´s I was made to love her is a very close 2nd.......
     
  8. Mullardman

    Mullardman Moderately extreme...

    That's a pretty decent list.. :)

    .but I could argue with some of the choices representing specific artists...
     
  9. Tarzan

    Tarzan pfm Member

    'Reach out l'll be there' Four Tops

    'Papa was a Rolling Stone'- The Temptations.
    '
    Heatwave'- Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.

    'Ball of confusion'- The Temptations.

    'The Night' - Frankie Valli and the four seasons. ( Mowest label.)

    Loads of others too. :)
     
  10. ex brickie

    ex brickie pfm Member

    So many to choose from but here goes.....

    Junior Walker - Road Runner
    Isley Brothers - Behind a Painted Smile
    Supremes - Nathan Jones or Up the Ladder to the Roof
    Four Tops - Walk Away Renee
    Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Ain’t No Mountain High Enough or Onion Song
     
  11. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    We were asked for 5 Chris.
     
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  12. waxkinglyrical

    waxkinglyrical pfm Member

    Most of my choices have already been mentioned, I’d add:

    Marvin Gaye - Can I Get A Witness
    The Dazz Band - Let It Whip
     
  13. neildalton

    neildalton pfm Member

    In terms of glorytime top 45s from the sixties, my Motown picks would be:

    What Does it Take to Win Your Love? Junior Walker’s All Stars



    More Love, The Miracles



    Cleo’s Mood, Junior Walker



    Nowhere to Run, Martha etc



    Heaven Must Have Sent You, The Elgins



    But then, with the arrival of Sly and Hendrix, everything changes...
     
  14. SCIDB

    SCIDB Triode Man

    Hi,

    I'm still thinking about my favourites but in the mean time, here are some more curios.


    Richard Anthony
    The 1st Frenchman on Motown


    The Morrocco Music Makers
    Great name!



    Joe Frazier
    Yes that Joe Frazier! Unlike his punches, it wasn't a hit.


    Lee Alan
    Featuring the Vandellas on backing vocals


    Joel Sebastian
    The stuff they released on Motown
     
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  15. aedagnino

    aedagnino pfm Member

    I'll follow the trend and exclude Stevie and Marvin Gaye. In no particular order:

    Just My Imagination - The Temptations
    My Girl - The Temptations
    Reach Out - The Four Tops
    Machine Gun - Commodores
    Dancing in the Street - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
     
  16. DavidS

    DavidS pfm Member

    5 is not enough
     
  17. mjw

    mjw pfm Member

    I recall when I first heard Tony Blackburn with all his radio babble and antics (Arnold etc.) that I thought he was a complete tw#t but later it emerged for me that he certainly knew his Motown. He might still be a tw#t but it’s no longer my first thought.
     
  18. webster

    webster Listen & enjoy.

    I seem to remember Arnold was a dog?
     
  19. mjw

    mjw pfm Member

    Correct. “What did you think, Arnold” “barking noise”.
    Tw#t
     
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  20. ex brickie

    ex brickie pfm Member

    Woof Woof!

    TB certainly knows his soul and Motown.... He's a DJ legend (check his longevity and all the different programmes he's hosted over all those years).
     

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