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Music Video: Motown Greatest Hits Of The 70s – Memories to Enjoy!!!

Motown Greatest Hits Of The 70s – Smokey Robinson, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Luther Vandross

MUSIC: Motown Greatest Hits – 70’S SOUL – video

– Marvin Gaye, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Luther Vandross

Crap Ideas — an example that was a success featuring Marvin Gaye – inc video


what a crap ideaMarvin Gaye wanted to move away from sweet innocent love songs and provide commentary on the turmoil happening in the inner cities of the USA in the 1970’s. Marvin_Gaye_in_1973Highly successful record company supremo Berry Gordy wasn’t feeling it.

He refused to back Marvin Gaye’s creative growth and Gaye had to go on strike for creative freedom.

Some of the songs that emerged were ‘What’s Going On’ and ‘Mercy Mercy Me’ plus the album ‘What’s Going On.’

Gordy initially said ‘What’s Going On’ was the ‘Worst thing he had ever heard’, saying ‘Don’t be ridiculous Marvin, that’s taking things too far.’

Because the quality control team at Motown also gave the single the thumbs down the record had to be sneakily released where it became the fastest selling single at Motown at that time.

According to Wiki, the album ‘has been voted one of the landmark recordings in pop music…

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Motown Records – 25 years of music – 1961-1985

25 Years of Motown. Part 1. 1961-1974

01 – Diana Ross And The Supremes – Where Did Our Love Go.
02 – The Marvelettes – Please Mr. Postman.
03 – Mary Wells – My Guy.
04 – Stevie Wonder – Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yester-Day.
05 – Diana Ross And The Supremes – You Keep Me Hangin’ On.
06 – The Four Tops – Standing In The Shadows Of Love. Continue reading

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