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Category: Motown

Rare Earth – I Just Want to Celebrate

July 5, 2011 | 1971, Group, Motown, Rare Earth

I just Want to Celebrate by Rare Earth was a hit during the summer of 1971. It peaked at Number 7 and is now considered one of the most popular song from the 70s. It has appeared in number of movie sound tracks as well TV Commercials. Rare Earth was not only the name of […]

The Osmonds – Motown Special

October 19, 2009 | 1972, Album Cuts, Group, Motown, Osmonds

This performance from the 1972 Ohio State Fair features the Osmonds doing a song that opened many of their shows in the early 1970s. Motown Special is a medley of songs of Motown. Not only was it the opening song of their shows it was also the opening song of their self-titled first album released […]

Edwin Starr – War

October 5, 2009 | 1970, Male, Motown, Number 1

Two clips of Edwin Starr singing his 1970 war protest song War. One is from the 70′s. Not sure when the second one is from, but it’s obviously much later than the first. The song was written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong. It was Edwin Starr’s most successful song as well as the most […]

Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On

February 13, 2009 | 1973, Male, Motown, Number 1

If there was a theme song for the sexual freedom of the 1970s Let’s Get It On the 1973 hit by Marvin Gaye could easily be it. Marvin along with Ed Townsend wrote the song which was also the title of his followup to What’s Going On. The song reach the top of the Billboard […]

Pop Cartoons

January 22, 2009 | 1972, Group, Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, Motown, Osmonds

During the Early 1970s cartoon producers Rankin/Bass produced a series of saturday morning cartoon featuring two of the popular music groups.  Both of these groups featured brothers.  The Jackson Five and The Osmonds. The Jackson 5ive series debuted on September 11, 1971 with the last episode showing on September 1, 1973 on ABC. Season 1 […]

Temptations – Smiling Faces Sometimes/Superstar

September 12, 2008 | 1972, Motown, Temptations

Undisputed Truth – Smiling Faces Sometimes

September 11, 2008 | 1971, Group, Motown, Top 40

The Undisputed Truth was assembled by Motown producer Norman Whitfield as a means to experiment with his psychedelic soul production techniques. Joe Harris was the male lead singer, with Billie Rae Calvin and Brenda Joyce as additional leads and background vocals. Smiling Faces Sometimes composed by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong was their biggest single […]

Temptations – Papa Was a Rolling Stone

September 3, 2008 | 1972, Group, Motown, Number 1, Temptations, Top 40

“It was the 3rd of September, that day I’ll always remember, yes I will. ‘Cause that was the day that my daddy died.” These are the first lines from the 1972 Temptations hit, Papa was a Rolling Stone. On the album, All Directions, producer Norman Whitfield, who along with Barrett Strong composed the song, created […]