Presumably Invictus was based in
number one on the twenty sixth floor.
As with any organisation,
people move on, and Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian
Holland were no exception. After a high profile fall-out with Berry Gordy
of Motown over salaries, the talented trio began creating their own independent material.
first recordings were on a group known as Eighth Day, but
the tracks would not
be released for another two years.
they did launch the label they had unqualified success with 'Give me
just a little more time' by Chairmen of the Board, and 'Band
of gold' by Freda Payne.
used on old converted theatre on Meyers and Grand River to
make their recordings. Sadly this is now a vacant lot.
of the most underrated groups on the label were the Barrino
Brothers who had previously recorded for Dave Hamilton's TCB
The launch of
sister label Hot Wax brought us 100% Proof Aged in Soul,
Honeycone and Laura Lee.
Music Merchant was launched in 1972 and continued the high
quality through the Just Brothers, Smith Connection and
then, the address had become 3125 Cadillac Tower.
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