Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Two Creative Masterminds behind Motown Records Success.

These two men with collaboration from The Funk Brothers, Detroit Symphonic Orchestra and The Andantes (Motown Records background singers) created "The Sound of Young America"

         Paul Riser

Russ Terrana was the Motown recording engineer who recorded and/or mixed down 89 number one records in America with the legendary Paul Riser conducted strings   arrangements on majority of the number one hit records.

Terrana also mixed and recorded three singles released by Motown Records in the UK during 1960s which made it to number one on the UK official singles Pop chart.

“Baby Love”, peaked at Pop number one on 19th November 1964 (2 weeks), performed by The Supremes.

“Reach Out I’ll Be There”, peaked at Pop number one on 27th October 1966 (3 weeks), performed by The Four Tops

“I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, peaked at Pop  number one on 26th March 1969(3 weeks),performed by    Marvin Gaye. The song was also induct ed into the Grammy Hall of Fame for "historical, artistic and significant" value.

Each of these above mention recordings sold in excess of quarter million copies in the UK during each particular chart run at the top of the UK Official Singles Chart listings.                         

                                                                     Russ Terrana             

                                     Researched and compiled by
                         Mr K Tomlin Music Historian
                      ©RCM Music/Signaturesoundsonline 2013

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Kevin Tomlin has over 34 years of teaching experience in Jamaica, England and America, including 15 years teaching music history of black origin and visual art in South Florida, U.S.A., through Arts in Education. Tomlin created special training programmes and workshops for music teachers in South Florida schools, using music history as the foundation, to build exciting programmes of study and support materials for education professionals. Since 2000, he’s taught music history, geography, religious education, history, visual arts and performing arts at schools in Hertfordshire and Essex, at both primary and secondary levels. He conducts research and provides consultancy services for multi-media organisations, schools, recording artists, cultural and faith-based groups and entertainment professionals.

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