Berry Gordy Jr founded Motown Records on January 12, 1959, in downtown Detroit, aka Motor City and this was several months after he founded Tamla Records.  Motown became the largest Black-owned company in the United States in the 1960s and it ended up changing the culture in America by creating a voice for African American people so they could deliver their messages through music.  Motown saw the Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Temptations, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Four Tops, the Jackson 5, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye who all ruled the music scene.  Motown produced 53 #1 songs when Berry Gordy owned and ran the business from 1959 to 1988 including ‘Endless Love’, ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’, ‘I’ll Be There’, ‘Baby Love’, ‘All Night Long (All Night)’, Upside Down, ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’, ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’. ‘War’, ‘Where Did Our Love Go’, ‘Stop! In the Name of Love’, ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)’, ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There’, ‘The Tears of a Clown’, ‘Come See About Me’, ‘I Hear A Symphony’, ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’, ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’, ‘Love Child’, ‘I Can’t Get Next To You’, ‘Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)’. ‘Let’s Get It On’, ‘Three Times a Lady’, ‘My Guy’, ‘My Girl’, ‘Please Mr. Postman’, ‘(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave’, and 25 other songs that dominated the charts for more than a decade.  Hall of Fame songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland composed 25 of those #1 hit singles and the talented Funk Brothers created the label’s distinctive sound.

Last week we had Name That Tune where the theme was to find songs with recognizable intros suggested by Clive from Take It Easy.  This week the theme is to find Motown songs.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you can as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the theme, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

• Try to use the prompt words or at least conform to a general theme, as you see it.  If the song you select does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• It would be good if you could post the lyrics to the song of your choice, as this is helpful for the people that want to follow along with the music.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due. It would also be a good idea to give credit to the singer and the band associated with your song.
• Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but please try not to include too many videos as that just makes it take longer to look at all of the other posts.
• Link to the YouTube video, or you can pull it into your post, so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

This week I will be writing about The Supremes song ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’, and next week, I will be writing about the song ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ by Joy Division.  The upcoming prompts will be:
December 4, 2022 – Indie Rock or Indie Pop songs
December 11, 2022 – Power Pop songs
December 18, 2022 – Mersey Beat, or Mersey Sound or a band from Surrey or Liverpool will also work
December 25, 2022 – Punk songs

31 thoughts on “Hitsville

  1. That is some list of Motown #1’s.
    I’ve always liked The Four Tops (sadly, Abdul “Duke” Fakir is the only original band member still living) and this is one of my favourite songs of theirs. Actually a cover of the Left Banke track:

    And when I see the sign that points one way
    The lot we used to pass by every day

    Just walk away Renee
    You won’t see me follow you back home
    The empty sidewalks on my block are not the same
    You’re not to blame

    From deep inside the tears that I’m forced to cry
    From deep inside the pain that I chose to hide

    Just walk away Renee
    You won’t see me follow you back home
    Now as the rain beats down upon my weary eyes
    For me it cries

    Just walk away Renee
    You won’t see me follow you back home
    Now as the rain beats down upon my weary eyes
    For me it cries

    Your name and mine inside a heart upon a wall
    Still finds a way to haunt me, though they’re so small

    Just walk away Renee
    You won’t see me follow you back home
    The empty sidewalks on my block are not the same
    You’re not to blame

    Source: Musixmatch

    Songwriters: Bob Calilli / Tony Sansone / Mike Brown

    Walk Away Renee lyrics © Trio Music Company, Alley Music Corp., Trio Music Co., Inc.

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    1. Renee was a girl of Swedish parentage who had blond, almost white-blond hair. A number of the band members in the Left Banke fell madly in love with her, and she dated Tom Finn and several other members of the band, but she spurned Mike Brown, and this created the anguish responsible for him to write the song of unrequited love. Mike Brown said that he wrote this puppy love teenage heartbreak song because he felt like he was a lonely kid following this hot blonde down his one way street, putting their names/initials on the wall (in hope of getting her), crying, feeling empty without her. Nice choice Glyn.

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    1. I have the perfect spot for these themes, thanks for your suggestions, John.
      February 19, 2023 – Bubblegum Pop
      February 12, 2023 – Sunshine Pop
      February 5, 2023 – Yacht Rock


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