When I was growing up, my three best girlfriends were Diana, Mary, and Flo--and if you don't know whom I'm talking about, please stop reading now. Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard were the original Supremes, the dream girls of Motown.
Charl Brown had to postpone his birthday trip by a few days because he had to audition once again for the role of Smokey Robinson in Motown: The Musical. Bright and early on the day after Memorial Day, Brown received the call that he had landed his first starring role on Broadway.
United Sound System: it's where Detroit got its Motown sound. One of the first independent recording studios in the U.S., United Sound was where Berry Gordy Jr. first produced his Motown record and Aretha Franklin recorded the vocals to "Freeway of Love."
Four years ago, the untimely passing of Michael Jackson sent a shockwave through the entire globe. Many tears were shed by his adoring fans. Impromptu celebrations transpired across the world to honor his grand memory.
Who wants to see the ugly backside of a record label? The book by Berry Gordy -- based on his own, self-serving memoir -- is filled with deals and contracts. What you don't see is the artistic birth of a song, the famous molding of acts or singers coming into their own.