The Andantes*Three women left in the shadows of Motown finally get their due recognition.

The Andantes, made up of singing trio Jackie Hicks, Marlene Barrow-Tate, and Louvain Demps, gathered recently to check out the exhibit, “Motown Girl Groups: The Grit, the Glamour, the Glory.”

Demps was brought to tears.

“It’s my heart, it’s my heart,” she told the Associated Press.

For Demps and her fellow Andantes, Jackie Hicks and Marlene Barrow-Tate, moments like these have been private, since the wider world knew only their voices, not their faces, says AP. But now in their 70s, the unsung backing group – who sang on thousands of Motown songs – is finally getting acclaim for its contributions to the groundbreaking, chart-topping music made in Detroit in the 1960s and early ’70s before the label moved to Los Angeles.

The ladies got together on a sad note, for the funeral of former Miracles member Bobby Rogers.

“It is unfortunate that so many are gone and thank God that we are still here — all of us — to be able to see this and see our dream come true,” said Barrow-Tate.

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