Motown – The term refers to a record company founded in 1959 by Barry Gordy Jr. that featured some of the greatest soul music—with a distinct pop feel—ever recorded. The label was so successful in its crossover appeal, the term Motown now stands for both a style of music as well as being a nickname for Detroit itself.
“I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” – The first #1 hit by The Four Tops, one of the founding groups on the Motown label that has a string of hits by Motown’s now legendary songwriting/production team of Holland–Dozier–Holland.
The Vandellas – One of Motown’s most successful groups under its Gordy label, especially after a singer by the name of Martha Reeves joined the group and eventually moved up to lead singer. As Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, the group has ten Top 10 hits including possibly the greatest Motown anthem of all, “Dancing in the Street.”
Dreamgirl – a nickname for members of Motown’s super group The Supremes, including founding member Mary Wilson whose autobiography “Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme” cemented the phrase in the American Language (not to mention The Supreme’s string of hits and Wilson’s three solo albums).
All Stars – A name used to describe the band formed around Jr. Walker (1931-1995) known as Jr. Walker & the All Stars. Now the group carries on its legacy as Jr. Walker’s All Star Band.
An Evening of Motown – Another fantastic celebration of the Motown sound (featuring all of the above named artists) appearing August 17 in The Borgata Event Center.
It’s going to be a real Motown week at Borgata with Smokey Robinson Presents: Human Nature – The Motown Show at the Borgata Music Box August 8, 9, 10, 15 & 16.
The impact of the Motown sound with its mix of doo-wop, R&B, pop, blues, rock and roll and soul changed music in America and you can relive that explosion with an Evening of Motown at the Event Center. Together, the lineup presents some of the greatest songs of the 1960s from Martha Reeves and the Vandellas’ “Nowhere to Run” to the Four Tops “Reach Out I’ll Be There.”
Tickets are $75, $65 and $55 and are available here.
Motown and Borgata, is there a better way to spend a summer night?