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A BILLBOARD CLASSIC ’45 AD FLASHBACK! 02/18/1967

February 28th, 2017

50TH! A PHILIPS BILLBOARD AD PAGE RIP: ”Beggin’,” 4 Seasons February 18, 1967 (click on image 2x for largest view)


BEGGIN’ * THE 4 SEASONS

A BILLBOARD CLASSIC ’45 AD FLASHBACK! 02/18/1967

February 28th, 2017

50TH! A BANG RECORDS BILLBOARD AD PAGE RIP: ”You Got To Me,” Neil Diamond February 18, 1967 (click on image 2x for largest view)


YOU GOT TO ME * NEIL DIAMOND


 

DECADES MEMORIES! A ’60S YOU-TUBE VIDEO REWIND

February 28th, 2017
CATCH US IF YOU CAN * THE DAVE CLARK 5

DECADES MEMORIES! A ’60S YOU-TUBE VIDEO REWIND

February 28th, 2017
DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC * 1965 * THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL

MOTOWN MUSEUM SNAPSHOTS: HITSVILLE U.S.A.! 2016

February 27th, 2017

THE MOTOWN MUSEUM. 12/25/2016. Click on image 2x for largest detailed view. (Photo by: Jim Feliciano; 20161225 08:07:00 A.M.)


THE MOTOWN MUSEUM. 12/25/2016. Click on image 2x for largest detailed view. (Photo by: Jim Feliciano; 20161225 08:06:41 A.M.)


THE MOTOWN MUSEUM. 12/25/2016. Click on image 2x for largest detailed view. (Photo by: Jim Feliciano; 20161225 08:06:24 A.M.)


 

THE MOTOWN MUSEUM. 12/25/2016.  Click on image 2x for largest detailed view. (Photo by: Jim Feliciano; 20161225 08:06:14 A.M.)


THE MOTOWN MUSEUM. 12/25/2016. Click on image 2x for largest detailed view. (Photo by: Jim Feliciano; 20161225 08:06:47 A.M.)


“AINT NO PLACE LIKE MOTOWN . . . ”

A brief note on the photographs presented here. I was on my way home having completed my shift, Christmas Day (overnights) at the Detroit Medical Center. Going west on W. Grand Boulevard off the Lodge Fwy., I was drawn immediately to the beautifully decorated window at the Motown Museum. Its golden radiance stood out lit brightly from the boulevard under intense grey, wintry skies, much evident that very morning. WOW! I had to stop. Cut a quick U-turn around the center medium. Parked the car. Jumped out with my LG4 in hand to capture the view standing there right before me. Eerily silent, traffic, nowhere in sight. Nobody around but I. After all this was Christmas morning. “Not a creature was stirring . . . ” . . . a most beautiful sight.

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I thought I would share a few of these Motown Museum 2016 holiday images I captured with you here today. As did I, hope you’ll enjoy the view.

Jim Feliciano


On your mobile device? Tap any of the 5 images. Open to second window. Take index finger and thumb and “stretch” across featured images for largest detailed view.



AIN’T NO PLACE LIKE MOTOWN * A Cellar Full Of Motown * THE VELVELETTES

DETROIT MOTOWN MONDAY RECORD FLASHBACK ’65!

February 27th, 2017

THE VELVELETTES * V.I.P. (Motown) 1965

THE MAGIC BEHIND THE DETROIT MOTOWN SOUND! ’69

February 27th, 2017

“TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY” (INSTRUMENTAL) * Marvin Gaye * 1969

ROOM AT EXEC SUITE FOR MOTOWN ARTISTS . . . FEBRUARY 11, 1967

February 27th, 2017

From the MCRFB NEWS archive: 1967

 

At Motown ‘Quality Control’ Opportunities Granted as Artists Critique Talents, Projects Inside Gordy’s Stables

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOS ANGELES — At Motown Records one can be an executive and an artist at the same time. Smokey Robinson and his three associates who work as the Miracles outside the environments of Motown s Detroit headquarters, are three such executive/artists.

Robinson is a producer and vice-president with the company. Bobby Rodgers and Pete Moore work in quality control. Checking sound quality, and Ronny White spends his “white collar” time with Jobette Music, auditioning tunes and distributing songs among the firm’s own talent.

The Miracles have been with Motown since its inception. Because they are salaried employees with important posts, the quartet limits itself to three – week personal appearance junkets. The major change in the Miracles act is that Robinson’s wife Claudette doesn’t travel with the group anymore.

Robinson classifies the company as a “family affair” in which many people work on projects. While he has auditioned and recorded sessions by a number of the
label’s top acts, he says it’s not unusual for several producers to work on an album project.

On the first Saturday of each month, Motown holds open auditions. A number of producers are assigned to attend the sessions and select the top representatives.

At Motown, Robinson contends, everyone listens to everyone. Martha of Martha and the Vandellas was a former company secretary, given an opportunity to perform. The company maintains its own artists’ development school where state presence and presentation are taught. For two years Lon Fontaine ran the operation; now Harvey Fuqua and Johnny Bristol handle the “kick, turn, and smile” school. END

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(Information and news source: Billboard; February 11, 1967)


A TYPICAL MOTOWN RECORDS quality control staff meeting, with the Supremes, circa 1964.


TODAY: FEBRUARY ’64! BEATLES CHART 1ST U.S. SINGLE

February 25th, 2017

“PLEASE, PLEASE ME” * The Beatles * FEBRUARY 01, 1964

FEBRUARY 1964

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THE BEATLES first U.S. single debuts (#68) on the Billboard Hot 100, this month, 02/01/1964 on Vee-Jay Records. “Please, Please Me,” also noted, was released initially (and bombed due to dismal sales) by the Chicago-based label, coincidentally, one year earlier exactly to the date of the Beatles’ (1964) first visit to America, February 7, 1963. Re-released a year later due to the band’s surging popularity, the Beatles Vee-Jay 498 (misspelled Beattles) was introduced by Dick Biondi on its first U.S. radio airplay, WLS, Chicago, 02/08/1964.

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THIS MONTH IN POP MUSIC HISTORY


50TH! TOP 50 BILLBOARD R&B SINGLES CHART 02/11/67

February 24th, 2017

BILLBOARD HOT 50 R&B SINGLES SPECIAL SURVEY February 11, 1967 (click on chart 2x for largest view)


THE NO. 1 HOTTEST R&B SINGLE IN AMERICA ’67 * FREDDY SCOTT

THE NO. 2 HOTTEST R&B SINGLE IN AMERICA ’67 * AARON NEVILLE

THE NO. 3 HOTTEST R&B SINGLE IN AMERICA ’67 * SPYDER TURNER

THE NO. 4 HOTTEST R&B SINGLE IN AMERICA ’67 * CANNONBALL ADDERLEY

THE NO. 5 HOTTEST R&B SINGLE IN AMERICA ’67 * THE FOUR TOPS


WCHB / WJLB ‘TOP 5’ DETROIT

The ‘Top 5’ soul records also were the most popular radio plays heard on Detroit’s two R&B stations 1440 WCHB and 1400 WJLB on the AM dial at the time, as well as other record selections off this chart, as tabulated nationally, week-ending 02/11/67.


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