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  • 'Motown' is music to the ears, but the message is missing

    The story of Motown Records is a rich and important one. It's not only the rags-to-riches story of a record label that rose out of inner-city Detroit to become a cornerstone in the foundation of postwar American music, but one in which a body of work created by African American artists became a bellwether of the nascent civil rights movement, helping move the needle on race relations in dramatic and constructive ways.
  • Motown creator Berry Gordy charts his musical trajectory

    Motown creator Berry Gordy charts his musical trajectory
    Motown Records didn't release every indelible pop-soul hit from the '60s and '70s, although sometimes that's how it seemed. The Drifters' "On Broadway," for example, was one that got away, to Atlantic. Berry Gordy, the Detroit auto plant worker, onetime...

    Johnny Mathis: Time for a full-scale comeback?

    Johnny Mathis: Time for a full-scale comeback?
    An unlikely act stole the show last month at the annual all-star gala Clive Davis hosts the night before the Grammy Awards. As usual, the veteran producer and record executive had assembled a cast of hot young hitmakers — among them Sam Smith,...

    Aretha Franklin Making Sure 'Good People Of Bridgeport Have A Good Time'

    Aretha Franklin Making Sure 'Good People Of Bridgeport Have A Good Time'
    Selling a pair of her homes is almost easier for Aretha Franklin than putting together a set list. "I'm liquidating right now," Franklin said while calling from her Manhattan apartment. "I'm putting my Michigan home on the market. I'm juggling that with...

    'Dancing with the Stars' recap, Couples take a first spin around the ballroom

    The opening credits tell us that 10 years ago a tradition began, and we see brief clips of some of the past winners. Then we're told tonight a new dance era begins, before this year's "stars" are introduced. This year more than ever it's hard to defend...