Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Significant Achievements in the Detroit Sound Pt.5



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The original Temptations
Both Norman Whitfield and Smokey Robinson helped The Temptations became one of most popular vocal groups of the 20th Century. The group has received over thirty RIAA certifications, including a multi-platinum certification for their 1996 release “The Temptations Greatest Hits.” 

Two more albums during the mid-1990s received platinum certification for the group, “All The Million-Sellers” and “The Temptations Give Love At Christmas.” They also collected platinum certifications for their singles “I Can’t Get Next To You”, recorded during the late 1960s and produced by Norman Whitfield, and “My Girl”, also recorded during the early 1960s and written and produced by Smokey Robinson. Both singles sold over two million copies each. According to the RIAA, The Temptations are now the second most certified group behind the Beatles. The Beatles have twenty four gold singles while the Temptations have sixteen gold singles to their credit. All The Temptations records features dynamic studio performance of The Funk Brothers and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra strings section and vocal support of The Andantes.

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Significant Achievements in the Detroit Sound Pt.4



"TCB"
Diana Ross & The Supremes with
The Temptations

Did know that Motown Records became the first label in America music history to have a soundtrack TV special album at number one on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart week-ending 8 th February 1969 (1 week) which temporarily dislodged self-title album "The Beatles" from the top position! The album "TCB" features Diana Ross & the Supremes with The Temptations"


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First album released  performed 
by both groups






Also in 1969, the album "Diana Ross and the Supremes Join the Temptations, which showcased the combined forces ot the groups, climbed to number two on 11th January 1969, but was denied the top position by the The Beatles.


The  album also topped the Billboard Hot Soul and R&B Albums Chart the following week after  an album performed by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles entitled “Special Occasion”, which stayed at number one for two weeks, week-ending December 7th 1968 and was followed by Diana Ross & the Supremes’ album “Diana Ross and The Supremes Join The Temptations” week-ending 21st December 1968 (2 weeks). 





                               



                                                                            

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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Significant Achievements in the Detroit Sound Pt.3



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Motown Records first compilation
gold certified album in the UK. 
In addition Motown had tremendous success with two more compilation albums starting in 1969 and also 1970 following their previous success on the UK Official Pop Albums Chart in 1968 with new titles starting with “Motown Chartbusters Volume 3” at number one week-ending 25th October 1969 (1 week). The compilation album was on the chart for a total of 93 weeks! The album obtained gold certification for the label according to BPI for 100,000 copies sold in the UK. This was followed in 1970 with “Motown Chartbuster Volume 4” that peaked at number one week-ending 24th October 1970 (1 week).


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Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
first UK Pop number one hit.
The next monster single to return to the top was originally recorded in Detroit in Studio A in 1966 entitled “The Tears of a Clown” performed by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. It was released in 1967 on the studio album “Make It Happen.” It re-released in the United Kingdom as single during September 1970 and raced up the UK Official Pop Singles Chart to peak at number one week-ending 12th September 1970 (1 week) It became a major trans-Atlantic hit since Marvin Gaye’s classic hit “I Heard Through The Grapevine” reaching top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart week-ending 12th December 1970 (2 weeks); Billboard Best Selling Soul Singles Chart week-ending 5th December 1970 (3 weeks) at number one; Cash Box Pop Singles Chart week-ending 12th December 1970 (1 week). The single potential was discovered by a staff member at EMI Records UK operation by the name of Karen Spreadbury who John Reid a manager at EMI Records UK operations responsible for marketing Motown Tamla recording projects, took her advice and released the single in the UK and within two weeks it was number one on the UK Official Pop Singles Chart.


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Freda Payne only Pop
number one hit in the UK and
Trans-Atlantic million seller.
At the same time that “Ball Of Confusion (That’s What World Is Today)” was in the Top Five on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles week-ending 11th July 1970, they was another single produced in Detroit and performed by Freda Payne entitled “Band of Gold” at number five. The song eventually peaked at number three week-ending 25th July 1970 (1 week). The song became the first Trans-Atlantic hit to go to number one on the UK Official Pop Singles Chart for the then newly established Invictus Records label founded by Holland-Dozier-Holland in 1968 in Detroit after the they departure form Motown. The single peaked at number one week-ending 19th September 1970 (6 weeks). The instrumentation on the track were provided by members of The Funk Brothers: Bob Babbitt (bass), Dennis Coffey, Eddie Willis, Ray Monette and Ray Parker, Jr. (guitars), Johnny Griffith (keyboards), Uriel Jones (drums), Jack Ashford (percussion) with backing vocals by Scherrie Payne, Telma Hopkins, Joyce Vincent Wilson and Pamela Vincent.


Another single came out of Invictus Records during the same period which was gold certified single in America called “Give Me Just A Little More Time” performed by the Chairmen Of The Board. The track peaked at number eight on the Billboard Best Selling Soul Singles Chart in 1970; Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart at number three; UK Official Pop Singles Chart at number three the same year.  Both these first two gold certified singles obtained by the label were recorded at the Holland Sound Studios, Inc by Chief engineer Lawrence Horn and mastered by Bob Dennis.




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Monday, 28 September 2015

Significant Achievements in the Detroit Sound Pt.2





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Marvin Gaye Trans-Atlantic hit
Motown Records went on to have further trans-Atlantic success with the single “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” which dominated the Billboard singles chart listings, starting on the Billboard Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles Chart at number one week-ending 14th December 1968 (7 weeks), then on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart week-ending 14th December 1968 (7 weeks), followed by the Cash Box Pop Singles Chart week-ending 21st December 1968 (5 weeks) and finally number one on the UK Official Pop Singles Chart week-ending 18th February 1969 (3 weeks). The very same week-ending 14th December 1968 that Gaye was at number one, Diana Ross & the Supremes were at number two with the single “Love Child” which was at number one previously week-ending 2nd November 1968 (2 weeks). Also Stevie Wonder was at number three with the single “For Once in My Life.” Marvin Gaye managed to achieve further success on the UK Official Pop Singles Chart with the single “Too Busy Thinking ‘Bout My Baby” week-ending 29th July 1969 at the number five position for one week. The single was extracted from the album entitled “M.P.G” which reached number one on the Billboard Hot Soul and R&B Albums Chart week-ending 21st June 1969 (2 weeks).

The Temptations and Diana Ross &
 the Supremes platinum certified single.
“I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” was a joint monster hit for Diana Ross & the Supremes and the Temptations, going all the way to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart week-ending 11th January 1969 (2 weeks). It also peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot Rhythm and Blues Singles Chart and made it to number one on both the US “Record World” Top Singles and US Cash Box Pop Singles Chart week-ending 25th January 1969 (1 week), dethroning “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” which held the number one position for the previous three weeks, beginning week-ending 4th January 1969. The single was finally certified by the RIAA in the 1990s as a platinum record for selling over two million copies in America. It also did very well on the UK Official Pop Singles Chart, reaching number three week-ending 4th February 1969 (1 week).

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UK Pop number one
 album for both groups.
The parent album “Diana Ross & the Supremes Join The Temptations” did very well in America and the UK albums charts. It peaked at number one on the UK Official Pop Albums Chart week-ending 9th February 1969 (4 weeks) and also spent one week at number two on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart week-ending 11th January 1969. It was also at the top of the Billboard Hot Soul and R&B Albums Chart week-ending 4th January 1969 (2 weeks). During the same period Diana Ross & the Supremes with The Temptations had another big hit with a soundtrack album called “TCB Diana Ross & the Supremes with the Temptations” which climbed to the top position on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart week-ending 8th February 1969 (1 week), with the album “Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations” at number five at same time. The “TCB” album did very well on the Billboard Hot Soul and R&B Albums Chart, reaching number one week-ending 18th January 1969 (6 weeks). All these singles and albums featured the great talents of The Funk Brothers accompanied by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra string section, led by concertmaster Gordon Staples, with vocal support from The Andantes.


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