The magic sound of Motown | Sunday Observer

The magic sound of Motown

Roy G Hemmings
Roy G Hemmings

In a spool back of America’s pop music history what stands out as distinguished and influential was the music of the Motown Era. With Berry Gordy determined to hit the high spots with his Tamla Records, the result was that Motown Records soon blossomed to be a powerhouse in the music industry with stars such as, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson. Stevie Wonder’s entry into the Motown world is, as they say, not only historic but marks a turning point in the Motown era itself. The story goes that Stevie Wonder was a blind 11-year-old when he was brought into the studio by Ronnie White of The Miracle’s fame. And here I quote, “Berry Gordy was confused as to why a kid was in the studio. Stevie Wonder quickly showed off his musical talent to the astonished producer, which led to Berry Gordy contacting Stevie’s mother requesting her to sign him on to Motown Records. She agreed.”

This then was the start of Stevie Wonder’s illustrious career of countless hits to Motown Records and a crucial component of the Motown Sound.

What is it about the Motown Sound, you may ask, that made it so popular and successful? According to critics the Motown Sound was essentially considered soul music designed for pop radio and featured a simple chord progression alongside funky drums and a heavy bass line.

If you are one of those who grew up listening to Motown music that was aired constantly over radio, then a surprise awaits you.

You have the opportunity to re-live those happy days, because hopefully next month Roy G Hemmings will be with us, with the Soul Divas, The Prim-ettes their smooth harmonies and slick Motown, dance routines. Roy G Hemmings was formerly a member of the original Drifters and his performance repertoire will stretch from The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Supremes and The Commodores. Was your favourite song ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ – then make sure you catch the sounds at this “Hits of Motown” Show.