Tag Archives: motown

  • Motown’s Claudette Robinson Does ‘ActorsE’ Chat with Ron Brewington (Watch)

    Apr 4, 14 by Larry Buford 1 Comment

    *Dubbed the ‘First Lady of Motown’ by Motown founder Berry Gordy for the very fact that she was the actual first female to be signed to the infant label; Claudette Robinson, original member of The Miracles and former wife of Smokey Robinson opens up about how it all began. Watch the ActorsE Chat interview video […]

  • Island-Def Jam-Motown Music Group Splitting into Three Stand-Alone Labels

    Apr 1, 14 by EURPublisher01 Leave a comment

    *Universal Music is reorganizing its Island Def Jam Motown group into three stand-alone labels and promoting some key executives in the process, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Effective immediately, Island Def Jam will cease to exist, according to a press release issued by UMG. Def Jam will run as its own unit with longtime executive […]

  • Steven Ivory: Ray Parker, Jr. Shares his Star with Black Music

    Mar 12, 14 by blueolive Comments Off

    *“I’m going to take my glasses off because I want you to witness the happiest face you’ve ever seen in your life. Take a picture  of  THIS.” Those were  Ray Parker, Jr.’s sportive first words to the phalanx of photographers and news cameras clicking and whirling away as he stepped up to the podium in […]

  • Marvin Gaye’s 1964 Passport Found Inside an Album Bought for 50 Cents

    Feb 3, 14 by EURpublisher02 2 Comments

    *Monday’s (Feb. 3) episode of PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” finds a man in Detroit who brought in a 1964 passport belonging to Marvin Gaye. “It came to me by pure accident, actually,” says the guest seeking an appraisal for the item. “For years, I worked for the Motown Museum here in Detroit, started when I was […]

  • Jacksons to Sing for Berry Gordy at Ebony’s Power 100 Gala

    Oct 24, 13 by EURpublisher02 Leave a comment

    *The Jacksons are set to salute music mogul Berry Gordy by performing in his honor at an upcoming gala for Ebony magazine. The Motown Records founder will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the publication’s annual Power 100 celebration in New York next month and Michael Jackson’s brothers will hit the stage to pay tribute. […]

  • Motown Finishing School Maven Maxine Powell Dies at 98

    Oct 15, 13 by EURpublisher02 7 Comments

    *Maxine Powell, who was responsible for putting the finishing polish on Motown Records artists during the Detroit label’s 1960s heyday, died Monday at age 98. Motown Historical Museum CEO Allen Rawls said Powell died of natural causes at a hospital in Southfield, Mich. She didn’t sing or write songs, but those associated with Motown say […]