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Salute to the Legends of Motown
July 23, 2017 @ 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM| $25.50 - $125.50
A Salute To The Legends Of Motown: The Temptations and The Four Tops performing together live on stage for one incredible night of Entertainment
with special guests, The Spinners and The Stylistics
Sponsored by Andiamo, WMXD, and the Motown Museum
Tickets On Sale Saturday, April 8th @ 10AM!
The Temptations were the first Motown recording act to win a Grammy Award – for “Cloud Nine” in 1969 – and in 2013 received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Six of the Temptations ( Dennis Edwards, Melvin Franklin,Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin, Otis Williams and Paul Williams) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Three classic Temptations songs, “My Girl”, “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)“, and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone“, are among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The Temptations were also ranked at number 68 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of all time.
Helped define Detroit’s Motown sound of the 1960s. The group’s repertoire has included soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, doo-wop, jazz, and show tunes. Founded as the Four Aims, lead singer Levi Stubbs, Abdul “Duke” Fakir,Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Lawrence Payton remained together for over four decades, performing from 1953 until 1997 without a change in personnel.
The Four Tops was the main male vocal group for the highly successful songwriting and production team of Holland–Dozier–Holland, who crafted a stream of hit singles for Motown. These included two Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits for the Tops: “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” in 1965 and “Reach Out I’ll Be There” in 1966.
The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked them #79 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
When the Spinners signed to Atlantic in 1972, the Spinners charted five Top 100 singles (and two Top Tens) from their first post-Motown album, Spinners (1972), and went on to become one of the biggest soul groups of the 1970s.
I’ll Be Around“, their first Top Ten hit, was actually the B-side, “I’ll Be Around” was also the Spinners’ first million-selling hit single. It was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA on October 30, 1972. The 1973 follow-up singles “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love” , which was another million-seller, “One of a Kind (Love Affair)” and “Ghetto Child” cemented the group’s reputation. Following their Atlantic successes, Motown also issued a “Best of the Spinners” LP which featured selections from their Motown/V.I.P. recordings. They also remixed and reissued the 1970 B-side “Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music“. The group’s 1974 follow-up album, Mighty Love, featured three Top 20 hits, “I’m Coming Home,” “Love Don’t Love Nobody,” and the title track. Their biggest hit of the year, however, was a collaboration with Dionne Warwick, “Then Came You“, which hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming each act’s first chart-topping “Pop” hit. The song also reached the Top 3 of Billboard′s R&B and Easy Listening charts.
The group is also listed as the Detroit Spinners and the Motown Spinners, due to their 1960s recordings with the Motownlabel. These other names were used in the UK to avoid confusion with a British folk group also called The Spinners. In 2015, they were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
One of the best-known Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. They formed in 1968. All of their US hits wereballads, the Stylistics one of the most successful soul groups of the first half of the 1970s. During the early 1970s, the group had twelve consecutive U.S. R&B top ten hits, including “Stop, Look, Listen“, “You Are Everything“, “Betcha by Golly, Wow“, “People Make the World Go Round”, “I’m Stone in Love with You“, “Break Up to Make Up“, and “You Make Me Feel Brand New“. The Stylistics were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004.