Ode to Dennis Edwards (1943-2018)

Short drum riff. Wah-wah guitar. A silky, subtle “ooh-hoo”, some scatting, and finally, “The childhood part of my life wasn’t very pretty.” The beginning of The Temptations’ Cloud Nine was when Dennis Edwards husky tenor voice burst into my consciousness. It would eventually become one of the early voices of the soundtrack of my life.... Continue Reading →

Motown Meets Dirty Dancing

Fans of the movie Dirty Dancing as well as fans of classic Motown surely recall the song Do You Love Me by the Contours. The song was written by Motown founder Berry Gordy and actually intended for The Temptations. After being unable to locate them to come into the studio, Gordy overheard The Contours rehearsing... Continue Reading →

Motown Monday: Saving Stevie Wonder

Motown Mondays is a regular feature of this blog. By “regular” I mean whenever I feel like it but at least always on a Monday; and always about Motown, duh. Stevie Wonder’s career may never have gotten off the ground were it not for the efforts of songwriter Sylvia Moy who passed away April 15th.... Continue Reading →

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