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Don (don)
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Post Number: 862
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Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 10:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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Don
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Tony Russi (tony_russi)
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Post Number: 230
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1)Smokey Robinson 2)Stevenson/Hunter 3)Berry Gordy, Jr. 4)Holland/Dozier/Holland
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Don (don)
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Post Number: 864
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I don't have a particular but I'll have to go with Wm. Stevenson, Mary Wells, Brenda Holloway, C. Crawford & Velvelettes (given credit or not), HDH, C. Paul-S. Wonder-S. Moy, Ashford & Simpson and Brianhart

more later....

Don
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Kdubya (paladin)
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Post Number: 306
Registered: 5-2004
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Willie Hutch
Norman Whitfield/Barrett Strong
Smokey
Stevie
Marvin
HDH
The Simpsons (Nick & Val)

Non Motown

Issac Hayes/David Porter
Curtis Mayfield
Tony Hester
Michael Henderson
Carol King
Quincy Jones
Duke
Maurice White
Charles Stepney
David Byrne
Eugene Record

Yeah I re-read the thread intro but I couldn't help it........

Kdubya
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Don (don)
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Post Number: 866
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B. Gordy
Wm. Stevenson, M. Gaye and Berry Gordy
M. Gaye, C. Paul amd Wm Stevenson
W. Robinson, R. White
W. Robinson, W. Moore and M. Tarplin
S. Wonder, C. Paul, S. Moy and H. Cosby
W. Stevenson and J. Hunter
M. Gaye and L. Ware
M. Gaye and E. Townsend
J. Bristol, V. Bullock and H. Fuqua
N. Whitfield, J. Bradford, B. Strong
N. Whitfield and B. Strong

Don
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Alain Nguyen (soulgems)
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Post Number: 56
Registered: 7-2004
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The Corporation
Smokey Robinson
Ashford & Simpson
Harvey Fuqua
Norman Whitfield
Leon Ware
HDH
Willie Hutch
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Lady Mystique (ladymystique)
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Post Number: 684
Registered: 4-2004
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Corporation
HDH
Smokey
Marvin
Norman Whitfield/Barrett Strong
Stevie Wonder/Clarence Paul/Lula Hardaway?
Hal Davis
Willie Hutch
Ashford and Simpson
Harvey Fuqua
Mickey Stevenson
Berry Gordy
Leon Ware
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~medusa~ (~medusa)
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Post Number: 705
Registered: 3-2004
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Sylvia Moy
Barrett Strong
Stevie Wonder
Robert Bateman
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Blue Magic/Tammi Terrell (byron_woods)
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Post Number: 2
Registered: 5-2004
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Wow! This is a good one! My favs are Smokey Robinson,Holland-Dozier-Hollan d,Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, Ivy Hunter-Mickey Stevenson, Hank Cosby-Stevie Wonder-Sylvia Moy, Berry Gordy, Ashford and Simpson, Johnny Bristol and Harvey Fuqua, Marvin Gaye, Pam Sawyer and Gloria Jones,Syreeta, and The Corporation...To name a few! So much good music from The Motown Groove!
Peace,
Byron Woods
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Lady Mystique (ladymystique)
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Post Number: 685
Registered: 4-2004
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Oh yes...Pam Sawyer and Gloria Jones and Sylvia Moy
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Robb_K (robb_k)
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Post Number: 540
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1) Mickey Stevenson & Ivy Hunter
2) Smokey Robinson (sometimes with Rogers, or Moore)
3) Brian Holland & Robert Bateman (Sometimes with Sonny Sanders,Freddie Gorman or Janie Bradford)
4)Holland-Dozier-Holland
5)Harvey Fuqua & Johnny Bristol
6)James Dean & William Weatherspoon
7)Thelma Gordy & Richard Street
8)Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy & Stevie Wonder
9)Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong
10)Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson
11) Clarence Paul
12) Frank Wilson & Marc Gordon
13) Hal Davis
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Don (don)
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Post Number: 869
Registered: 4-2004
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I respect your choices Robb K. I think I'm getting it now, I'm tending to be more into the earliest of all the Motown sides. I can't get enough of them, but I fully appreciate the rarer and the lost and forgotten artist along the way, that helped shape Motown.

Don
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Kdubya (paladin)
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Post Number: 313
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Welcome Byron, glad to hear from you it's been a while.

Kdubya
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marilyn (marilyn)
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Post Number: 38
Registered: 8-2004
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Ashford & Simpson
Smokey Robinson
Marvin Gaye
Stevie Wonder
Harvey Fuqua & Johnny Bristol
HDH
Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong
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Dinelle (dinelle_watson)
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Post Number: 292
Registered: 3-2004
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Ashford & Simpson
Harvey Fuqua & Johnny Bristol
Holland-Dozier-Holland
Smokey Robinson
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Alain Nguyen (soulgems)
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Post Number: 58
Registered: 7-2004
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I need to add Frank Wilson to my list too!
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Blue Magic/Tammi Terrell (byron_woods)
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Thanks Kdvbya! Yeah I've been out promoting my new CD, "In The Land Of Smooth". We have to Add Frank Wilson to the list of Motown Grooves!
Peace,
Byron
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mhc (mcrenshaw)
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Post Number: 24
Registered: 4-2004
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My favorite period of Motown (it's hard to pick one..) is the early '70s, just before they left Detroit, where they should have stayed. I think they were at their peak at the end of their days in Detroit, then fell off the map artistically when they left. My favorite Motown producers are Norman Whitfield, Frank Wilson, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder.
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Don (don)
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Post Number: 882
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We all can't forget The Late Mr. Roquel Billy Davis.
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Robb_K (robb_k)
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Post Number: 543
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Yeah Don, but, of course, he never produced for Motown (as far as I recall). If we're going to count "pre-Motown", then I would list Berry Gordy & Ty Carlo (Billy Davis). Harvey Fuqua & Gwen Gordy and Berry Gordy, Gwen Gordy & Ty Carlo (Roquel/Billy Davis).
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Don (don)
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Post Number: 887
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May be true but I'll give him his props anyhow, he helped shape pre-motown and it's catalog of jobete (that's a give and take) that he's never given credit for?

Don
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mike s (mike_s)
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Post Number: 147
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Billy joined with Berry G as independent producers before Motown and when he left for Chess in the early 60's, he handed his share in the contracts of Marv Johnson and the Miracles to Berry. Billy also founded Anna with Gwen Gordy which was latterly distributed by Chess.
Agree with Don that he played an important part in laying the foundations of what was to be Motown while never actually working on a single record for the company. I wonder what would have happened if Billy had stayed and been involved
at West Grand Boulevard.
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Manny (manny)
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Post Number: 452
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Stevie Wonder
Smokey Robinson
Marvin Gaye
Whitfield-Strong
Holland-Dozier-Holland
Butler-Talbert
Lionel Ritchie

And special mention for some Motown outside writing-production sides: Harris Machine (Norman Harris, Alan Felder and other Philly masters) in the Eddie Kendrick's albums "Goin' Up In Smoke" and "He's A Friend"

Peace & Soul Food
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Kevin Goins - KevGo (kevgo)
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Post Number: 185
Registered: 4-2004
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Mike & Don:
Roquel Billy Davis teamed up with Berry Gordy as a favor for Gwendolyn Gordy, who was Roquel's girlfriend at the time. Berry wanted to break into music as a writer and Roquel already had a few tunes under his belt and agreed to help Berry.

Roquel and Berry were partners through the Jackie Wilson period while Roquel co-founded Anna Records with Gwendolyn. He was involved with Motown during its inception but left the company after his relationship with Gwendolyn ended.

The pop/soul formula Motown would become known for was the result of the work Roquel and Berry did together. When Roquel moved to Chicago he recreated that sound and mixed it with the Windy City's brassy horn and jazz-influence sound, forumating something very original. For example, "Selfish One" has that Detroit soul beat but the sound is even more polished plus he had the arranger borrow the opening melody of "Tenderly" for the tune.

Roquel may not have stayed in Detroit for long but he did indeed help plant the seeds for what became "The Sound Of Young America".

Kevin Goins - KevGo
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mike s (mike_s)
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Post Number: 151
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Kevin
Thanks for the extra insight on Billy. I always wondered what that melody was on the intro of Selfish One.Now I know!

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