Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 25 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Detroit. Tamla Motown Records was founded by Berry Gordy in 1959 with money borrowed from his family's loan fund. A tallented song writer and producer Gordy's first success was in 1957 with "Reet Petite", a song he co-wrote for Jackie Wilson. Gordy sold the Motown company in 1988.
[Some of the information may be UK specific.]
Kim Weston. Marvin Gaye was born in Washington D.C. in 1939. He duetted with many of his Motown collegues, Mary Wells, Tammie Terrell, Diana Ross and, of course, Kim Weston. Marvin was shot dead in 1984.
|"I've got sunshine on a cloudy day.
When it's cold outside I've got the month of May"
These are the opening lines of which Temptations Classic?||Motown - Memories In Music
My Girl. The Temptations were signed to Motown by Berry Gordy in 1961. "My Girl", written by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White, was the group's first US #1 single in 1965.
Jimmy Ruffin. Jimmy Ruffin hit the heights with "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted" in 1966. The song, written by Jimmy Dean, Paul Riser and William Witherspoon peaked at #7 in the US and #8 in the UK.
Jimmy's brother, David Ruffin, was a member of the Temptations.
Supremes & The Temptations. Diana Ross was born Diane Earl in Detroit in 1944. She left The Supremes in 1970 and released her first solo album "Diana Ross" in the same year.
Diana Ross branched-out into movies and starred in "Lady Sings The Blues", "Mahogany" and "The Wiz" in the 1970s.
|"Calling out around the world
Are you ready for a brand new beat."
Which Motown classic opens with this line?||Motown - Memories In Music
Dancing In The Street. Recorded by Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, "Dancing In The Street" first hit the charts in the UK in 1966. This track was written by Marvin Gaye, Ivory Jo Hunter and William Stevenson.
Martha Reeves and The Vandellas had a string of hits through to the early seventies, including the classic "Jimmy Mack".
Isley Brothers. "This Old Heart Of Mine" was released by the Isley Brothers in 1966. A #12 hit in the US the song peaked at #3 (1968) in the UK. "This Old Heart Of Mine" hit the US charts again in 1990 as a duet by Rod Stewart and Ronald Isley.
After leaving Motown the Isley Brothers went on to record the classics "Summer Breeze" and "Harvest for the world".
|"Now when you feel that you can't go on
Because all your hope is gone".
These are the opening lyrics to which Motown classic?||Motown - Memories In Music
Reach Out I'll Be There. "Reach Out I'll Be There" was a chart topping hit in both the US and UK for the Four Tops in 1966. This classic track was recorded in just two takes in the studio.
The Four Tops left the Motown label in the early seventies.
Supremes. The Supremes, formed in 1959, are said to be the world's most successful female group. Originally known as The Primettes, the early line-up was Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson and Barbara Martin. Baby Love, released in 1964, is probably their most popular track.
"II" by Boyz II Men. Remember: Michael Jackson was signed with Epic Records during the time "Thriller" was released. "II" by Boyz II Men sold 12 million records worldwide with hits such as "I'll Make Love To You" and "Water Runs Dry". Following is Lionel Richie's "Can't Slow Down", which sold 10 million worldwide.
|Who received the title, "The First Lady of Motown"?||Motown Music
Mary Wells. Mary Wells had three top ten hits in 1962, which included "The One Who Really Loves You" and "Two Lovers".
|What was the first hit for Motown that reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart?||Motown Music
"Please Mr. Postman" by the Marvelettes. Although "Shop Around" by the Miracles was Motown's first national hit in early 1961, it failed to reach number one. "Please Mr. Postman" by the Marvelettes reached number one on this chart in December 1961.
|What was Marvin Gaye's first top ten hit on the Billboard R&B and pop charts?||Motown Music
"Pride and Joy". "Pride and Joy" was released in 1963, and it was featured on Gaye's album, "That Stubborn Kinda Fellow".
|What was the Four Tops' first hit to reach number one on the Billboard Top 100 singles chart?||Motown Music
"I Can't Help Myself". "I Can't Help Myself" reached number one in 1965 and was featured on the album, "Four Tops".
|What year did the Jackson 5 leave Motown to sign with Epic Records?||Motown Music
1975. In actuality, Jermaine Jackson left the group and remained at Motown as a solo artist. He was replaced by his brother Randy, and the Jackson 5 then became known as The Jacksons.
|What was the first Motown album to reach the number one spot on the Billboard album charts?||Motown Music
"12 Year Old Genius" by Stevie Wonder. "12 Year Old Genius" by Stevie Wonder was released in 1963, and it featured the hit "Fingertips".
|What famous Motown song was featured in the movie "You've Got Mail" (1998), starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan?||Motown Music
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" by Stevie Wonder. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" was featured on Stevie Wonder's album "Signed, Sealed & Delivered", which was released in 1970.