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August 13, 2015



Berry Gordy did something no-one else did

when he created  ‘Motown’ – God Bless.

Third finger, left hand and Jimmy Mack

ensured Martha and the Vandellas success.


Jimmy Ruffin sang an anthem

to those who have loved, then departed;

giving us his memorable hit

‘What becomes of the broken hearted’.


The Temptations, ever slick,

with such harmonious tone,

went high into the charts

with ‘Papa was a rolling stone’.


Soulful Marvin and Kim Weston,

had a hit with ‘It takes two’.

then Marvin and Tammi Terrell sang

‘Ain’t nothing like the real thing’: so true!


‘Seven rooms of gloom’ and ‘Bernadette’

were early hits for The Four Tops.

But with ‘Reach out I’ll be there’,

they pulled out all the stops.


Fast moving ‘Needle in a haystack’

found the Velvelettes with a hit.

This brilliant disco classic,

the moment, sure did fit.


Yet another Motown artist ,

who everybody knows,

is melodic Marv Johnson,

who sang ‘I’ll pick a rose for my rose.’


‘This old heart of mine – (is weak for you)’;

an Isley’s standard we adore.

The opening bar guaranteed

to get us on the dance floor.


Smokey Robinson and The Miracles

gave us ‘I second that emotion’,

and their ‘Going to a Go-Go’,

ensured total fan-base devotion.


‘Spring in the air’, – the opening line

to this ‘Marvellettes hit song.

‘When you’re young and in love’, their anthem,

that couples danced to all summer long.


With ‘Uptown’ and ‘I was made to love her’

Little Stevie Wonder had us hooked,

and his ‘My Cherie Amour’, made certain,

every ‘live’ performance – fully booked.


Tamla Motown gave us something,

that’s stayed precious to this day.

So many romantic, soulful ballads,

now part of our DNA.


Songs that will never leave us;

so many classics – the mainstay.

To have lived through that amazing era;

we were fortunate in every way.


Written by Harriet Blackbury








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