This month marks the 60th Anniversary of the “Motown sound,” which has influenced millions of Boomers taste in music, dance, fashion and pop culture.
The label’s first release* was January 21, 1959, and within two years, their first #1 hit was everywhere: “Please Mr. Postman” by The Marvelettes.
Berry Gordy was only 29-y/o when he started Tamla Records–later renamed Motown–and part of his brilliance was the great talent he gathered together: writers like Smokey Robinson, Holland, Dozier, Holland and the musicanship of “The Funk Brothers” — this and more is documented in the film “Standing In The Shadows Of Motown” which is a must see for music fans.
Buzz has it that the upcoming documentary, “Hitsville: The Making of Motown,” set for release later this year, is amazing.
*Below is Berry Gordy’s very first release, “Come to Me” by Marv Johnson, which was a regional hit in 1959.
“Please Mr. Postman” has over 38 million Youtube visits.