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Motown Records

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  • Detroit's decline

    Detroit's decline
    Since the Motown sound went silent -- except on oldies stations -- and General Motors and Chrysler (but not Ford) required life support from Washington, there has been little to recommend Detroit, Mich., to visitors, much less its residents. The...
  • PASSINGS: Deke Richards

    Deke Richards, 68, who as part of the songwriting and producing team known as the Corporation was responsible for many of the Jackson 5's early hit songs for Motown Records, died Sunday at a hospice in Bellingham, Wash., of esophageal cancer, according to...
  • Smokey Robinson sizzled at the Ferguson Center | a review

    Smokey Robinson sizzled at the Ferguson Center | a review
    It's common to see legendary artists sleepwalk through their concerts. After all, what do they have to prove? They earned their reputations decades ago. Now, all that's necessary is to show up, sing a few hits, smile and get out of town. Smokey...
  • Steve Jobs' approach a lesson for Broadway's 'Motown'

    Steve Jobs' approach a lesson for Broadway's  'Motown'
    In 2011, Nick Bilton of The New York Times asked Walter Isaacson, the biographer of Steve Jobs, an interesting question: "Did he try to control what you wrote in the book?" "I anticipated that," Isaacson replied. "But he didn't. He kept surprising me by...
  • Muse for Jimmy Webb's 'MacArthur Park' treasures those days

    Muse for Jimmy Webb's 'MacArthur Park' treasures those days
    TUCSON —Sitting on a swivel bar stool near the kitchen of her home outside Tucson, Suzy Horton Ronstadt listened to the familiar words of songwriter Jimmy Webb's pop-rock classic "MacArthur Park." Ronstadt smiled at first, then had to blink as her...
  • Johnny Rivers: the 'Secret Agent' of rock 'n' roll

     Johnny Rivers: the 'Secret Agent' of rock 'n' roll
    Johnny Rivers sits in a booth at the retro-themed Mel's Diner in Hollywood and marvels at the pace at which not just his career but pop music in general moved when he was getting started half a century ago. Within a span of a few months in 1964,...
  • Don Engel dies at 84; entertainment attorney represented major pop stars

    Don Engel dies at 84; entertainment attorney represented major pop stars
    Don Engel had only a small law firm in Los Angeles — just two or three attorneys in addition to him and his wife. But a phone call from Engel could strike fear among the loftiest executives in the music business. Engel, who represented some of the...
  • Duke Ellington musical at Broward Stage Door in Coral Springs

    Duke Ellington musical at Broward Stage Door in Coral Springs
    “Sophisticated Ladies,” the celebration of composer Duke Ellington’s music now at the Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs, sounds as good as it looks. And that is really saying something about the music, because thanks to Peter...
  • Grammy Museum marks fifth anniversary with gala Motown salute

    The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles started fifth-anniversary celebration activities Monday with a gala concert, dinner and auction that added more than $500,000 to the museum’s coffers to continue supporting educational and other programs. The efforts...
  • 'Motown' tickets go on sale Friday

    'Motown' tickets go on sale Friday
    Individual tickets for "Motown The Musical," the nationally touring jukebox show boasting the popular catalogue of Motown Records hits, will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, Broadway in Chicago announced on Tuesday. The musical,...
  • Kenny Edmonds, Toni Braxton: Rhythm and blues, with life's bruises

     Kenny Edmonds, Toni Braxton: Rhythm and blues, with life's bruises
    Toni Braxton and Kenny Edmonds have history together as soul-music hit makers, which in the record industry is usually reason enough to rejoin forces. In the 1990s he wrote and produced large chunks of her first two albums, both blockbusters with...