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.


Significant Achievements in the Detroit Sound Pt.4

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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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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