We're looking forward to working with The Motown Brothers again at the Giffnock North Club this coming Saturday.
We've provided mobile discos in Giffnock North on numerous occasions and have worked with many different tribute acts over the years. The Motown Brothers are definitely one of our favourites. We'll be providing the disco for this Saturday's event to keep everyone entertained before, during and after the group's sets. It's guaranteed to be another great night.
6 of our favourite Motown tracks
There are so many amazing Motown tracks we found it very difficult to choose between them. Artists such as The Supremes, The Jackson 5, The Four Tops, The Miracles and The Velvelettes - not forgetting more contemporary artists such as Boys 2 Men - all recorded with Motown records. It was a tough choice but here are 6 of our personal favourites...
I Heard it Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
Originally released in 1967 by Gladys Knight and the Pips and then released in 1968 by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. Marvin Gaye released his version of the track later in 1968 and and it soon became the 3rd biggest hit single for the Tamla Motown label.
Do You Love Me - Contours
"You broke my heart, 'cause I couldn't dance. You didn't even want me around. And now I'm back, to let you know, I can really shake 'em down.". This party favourite was released in 1962 and was the only major hit for the Contours.
Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - Temptations
'Papa Was A Rollin Stone' was originally released in 1971 by another Motown group called 'The Undisputed Truth' but the track didn't become a hit until the Temptations released their reworked version later the same year. Whilst the original version has largely been forgotten, the Temptations version is now considered a soul classic.
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder had originally written 'Superstition' for Jeff Beck but, unfortunately for Jeff, problems with his band meant he had to delay its release. Stevie Wonder released the song (as a single) himself in January 1973 and it quickly became a smash hit. Jeff released his own version of the single later the same year and had a minor hit.
Don't Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston
'Don't Leave Me This Way' was huge disco hit for Thelma in 1977 though it was originally released in 1975 by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. It wa also a big hit for the Communards in 1986.
Dancing in the Street - Martha and The Vandellas
Dancing in the Street was released by Martha and The Vandellas in 1963. Martha almost passed on the opportunity to record the track, believing it to be too repetitive, but it was recorded nonetheless and reached number 2 in the American charts and number 4 in the UK. Dancing in the Street has since become one of Motown's signature songs.
The song caused some controversy in the 70's when it became an anthem of the black civil rights movement. It was claimed by some that the song was 'a call to riot'. Reeves was quick to rubbish this stating 'it was a party song'. The track has been covered by a range of famous artists including Mamas and the Papas, The Grateful Dead, Van Halen and, of course, David Bowie and Mick Jagger. Bowie and Jagger released their version of Dancing in the Street in 1985 in a bid to raise money for the Live Aid appeal. Their version reached number 7 in the US chart. It reached number 1 in the UK, outperforming the original release by Martha and the Vandellas.
Artists Commonly Mistaken as Motown Many artists are commonly mistaken as Motown, particularly Sam Cooke, Areatha Franklin, Otis Reading and The Drifters. However these artists didn't actually record with the Motown label and hence we haven't considered them for the above.
You May be Surprised to Learn That These Artists Once Recorded with Motown...
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Their 1972 album 'Chameleon' was released on Motown. It featured a track called 'The Night' which earned them a number 7 hit in the UK.
Bruno Mars didn't have any success when he signed to Motown records in 2004, leaving only a year later. He made his breakthrough 5 years later in 2010 after signing with the Atlantic Records label.
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