Berry Gordy founded Motown Records in 1959 and introduced the world to legendary artists like Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. Just like Detroit’s automotive assembly line, music executive Berry Gordy approached song production in similar fashion at Motown Records, one of the most culturally influential and successful Black-owned record labels in the music industry. Launched in 1959 under the name Tamla Records in Detroit, Michigan, the burgeoning label officially changed its name to Motown Records and produced some of the greatest soul music artists for the next three decades. The Jackson 5 got their start opening for The Supremes. But by the late 1960s, they had quickly gained their own following and subsequently released their first single «I Want You Back,» which soared to the top of the charts, along with making their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Originally hailing from Detroit, The Temptations — famous for their harmonies, dance moves and flashy style — were pioneers of motown london soul and is considered one of the most successful pop bands of all time. In the mid-1960s, The Supremes’ popularity rivaled that of The Beatles, paving the way for other Black artists to achieve mainstream superstardom. 1 Billboard hit singles, including «Where Did Our Love Go,» «Baby Love,» «You Can’t Hurry Love,» «You Keep Me Hangin’ On,» and «Stop!

In the Name of Love,» The Supremes is considered Motown’s greatest commercial success. Marvin made her fame soar internationally, and she continued finding major success in the 80s with hits like «Upside Down,» «I’m Coming Out» and «Endless Love,» a duet with Lionel Richie. Sixteen of their singles made their way to the Top 40 charts during their time at Motown including the No. Piggybacking off of The Jackson 5’s popularity, Motown released Michael Jackson’s solo career in 1971 with the No. 1 hits «Got to Be There» and «Ben.

In total Jackson released four albums with Motown before deciding to move onto Epic’s label and subsequently producing his hit album «Off the Wall» in 1979, which legitimized him as an artist in his own right. Having met as young college students at Tuskegee Institute in 1968, the Commodores’ funk and soul caught the attention of Motown when they began touring with The Jackson 5 as its opening act in the early 1970s. Nightshift,» the last of which earned them a Grammy. The Miracles are distinguished for being the record label’s first band to hit it big, starting in the 1960s. Unlike other groups whose members would come and go as their music evolved, The Four Tops — comprising of Levi Stubbs, Renaldo «Obie» Benson, Abdul «Duke» Fakir, and Lawrence Payton — stayed together for four decades and helped shaped Detroit’s Motown throughout the 1960s. Holland, The Four Tops soared to No. Gordy considered Stevie Wonder a musical prodigy, signing the blind multi-instrumental singer, songwriter and producer at age 11.

Although he started out as a successful drummer for Motown’s early hits, Marvin Gaye became a prolific force at Motown as a solo artist starting in the early 1960s. Earning the titles «Prince of Motown» and the «No. Pips a second-tier act, the group soared in popularity with hits like «I Heard It Through the Grapevine,» «If I Were Your Woman» and «Friendship Train. B Soul group decided to change labels, signing with Buddah Records in 1973. Hubert Johnson, Billy Gordon, Billy Hoggs, Joe Billingslea, and Sylvester Potts. The Contours were one of the early African-American soul singing groups signed to Motown Records. The group is best known for its classic chart-topping 1962 hit, «Do You Love Me», a million-selling single that became a major hit all over again in 1988.

Billy Gordon founded a singing group called the Blenders in their native Detroit, Michigan in 1959. They completed the group with Billy Hoggs and Billy Rollins, who had responded to an ad placed in the local newspaper by Billingslea. Each artist at Motown Records received its own guitarist. Huey Davis was the guitarist assigned to the Contours. The group’s first single, «Whole Lotta’ Woman,» was released in January 1961 and failed to chart. Within months of its release, Leroy Fair was replaced by Benny Reeves, brother of Martha Reeves.

The resulting record, with its shouted lead vocals from Billy Gordon, hit No. B chart and crossed over to No. 3 on the Hot 100 in 1962. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Although the Contours never quite repeated the extraordinary success of «Do You Love Me,» they returned to the charts four times during 1963 and 1964 starting with «Shake Sherry. In the early 1970s, Joe Billingslea resurrected the group with himself, Arthur Hinson, Martin Upshire, C.

Autry Hatcher and former Motown Contour Council Gay as its members, and began performing at local clubs around Detroit. During the seventies and early eighties, the group’s popularity increased and they began playing dates throughout the US and even some international dates. In 1984, Charles Davis replaced Hinson and a week later Potts rejoined the group replacing Gay. In 1992, Hinson left the group, and it continued as a quartet until 1993 when Nunlee left. Gary Grier were recruited in 1993. Detroit group named Upscale, which immediately began performing as «The Contours».

Billingslea sued and Potts countersued, each claiming the rights to the name. In April 2011, the unreleased second album’s tracks, along with fourteen unreleased original Contours 1960s Motown recordings, and new 2011 interviews with the Contours’ founder Joe Billingslea as well as with Sylvester Potts, was released as part of the CD compilation collection, Dance with the Contours on the import label, Kent Records. It featured the chart hits, «Can You Do It», «Can You Jerk Like Me», and several other tracks. In 2005, Billy Hoggs, who left the Contours in 1964 to become a minister, made his first and only appearance since 1964, joining the Contours with Joe Billingslea for the taping of Motown: The Early Years for the Public Broadcasting System. This performance is occasionally rebroadcast on various PBS affiliates. In January 2007, Motown Records released the DVD of the performances.

Hubert Johnson committed suicide in Detroit, on July 11, 1981, at age 40. Levi Stubbs, died on February 5, 1998. Afterward, several original members died within a ten-year period. Billy Gordon died sometime during 1999. In 2014, Jones left the Contours with Joe Billingslea and was replaced by Lyall Hoggart. In late 2014, Potts’ group made its last performance. In 2015, Dwjuan Brock replaced Charles Davis. The induction show featured a performance by the Contours with Joe Billingslea.

Later that year, after it became clear that Potts’ group had disbanded, Billingslea’s group reclaimed the name «The Contours». Sylvester Potts died on January 6, 2017. All singles were issued on Gordy Records unless otherwise noted. Can You Jerk Like Me,» No. Rate Your Music: Can You Dance». Dance with the Contours: The Contours: Music». Customer Discussions: The CONTOURS: Motown’s Forgotten Group have a NEW CD ! Detroir News: Sylvester Potts of the Contours dies».

This article’s use of external links may not follow Wikipedia’s policies or guidelines. Official web site of «THE CONTOURS. The Contours with Joe Billingslea, Richard De La Font Delafont. This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Dean Taylor, is a Canadian singer, most notable as a recording artist, songwriter, and record producer for Motown during the 1960s and 1970s. According to Jason Ankeny, Taylor «remains one of the most underrated acts ever to record under the Motown aegis.

As a singer, American audiences know Taylor best for his chart-topping 1970 hit «Indiana Wants Me», which hit No. 1 in Cash Box in the United States and was also No. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Taylor began his career in 1961, as a pianist and singer with several music bands in Toronto. He also made his first recordings in 1961, for the Audiomaster record label. The next year, Taylor’s «At The High School Dance», a single for Amy-Mala Records, was a minor success. In Detroit, Taylor was hired by Motown Records in 1964 as a songwriter and recording artist for the Motown subsidiary V. It was not until November 1965 that Taylor’s debut V.

It was written by Taylor in conjunction with Brian Holland, and produced by the team of Holland and Lamont Dozier, who had already produced five No. 1 scoring songs for The Supremes. Holland along with Taylor, and again produced by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier. Top 20 hit in the UK. However, his real success came as a member of the Motown writing and production team known as «The Clan». Taylor resumed his recording career in 1970, becoming one of the first artists assigned to Motown’s new subsidiary Rare Earth, which was dedicated to white artists. In that year his first Rare Earth single, «Indiana Wants Me», became a No. Rare Earth was ended in 1976.

Though he never again scored the charts as he had done with «Indiana Wants Me», his releases did moderately well, especially in Canada. Taylor attempted a comeback during the early 1980s, after which he had a hiatus from the music industry. He also established his own record company, Jane Records, in 1973. This section may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia’s quality standards. 1963: «It’s A Long Way To St. BELLATOR MMA: BELLATOR MMA 257: Nemkov vs.

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In the mid-1960s, The Supremes’ popularity rivaled that of The Beatles, paving the way for other Black artists to achieve mainstream superstardom. 1 Billboard hit singles, including «Where Did Our Love Go,» «Baby Love,» «You Can’t Hurry Love,» «You Keep Me Hangin’ On,» and «Stop! In the Name of Love,» The Supremes is considered Motown’s greatest commercial success. Marvin made her fame soar internationally, and she continued finding major success in the 80s with hits like «Upside Down,» «I’m Coming Out» and «Endless Love,» a duet with Lionel Richie. Sixteen of their singles made their way to the Top 40 charts during their time at Motown including the No. Piggybacking off of The Jackson 5’s popularity, Motown released Michael Jackson’s solo career in 1971 with the No.

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Hubert Johnson, Billy Gordon, Billy Hoggs, Joe Billingslea, and Sylvester Potts. The Contours were one of the early African-American soul singing groups signed to Motown Records. The group is best known for its classic chart-topping 1962 hit, «Do You Love Me», a million-selling single that became a major hit all over again in 1988. Billy Gordon founded a singing group called the Blenders in their native Detroit, Michigan in 1959. They completed the group with Billy Hoggs and Billy Rollins, who had responded to an ad placed in the local newspaper by Billingslea. Each artist at Motown Records received its own guitarist. Huey Davis was the guitarist assigned to the Contours.

The group’s first single, «Whole Lotta’ Woman,» was released in January 1961 and failed to chart. Within months of its release, Leroy Fair was replaced by Benny Reeves, brother of Martha Reeves. The resulting record, with its shouted lead vocals from Billy Gordon, hit No. B chart and crossed over to No. 3 on the Hot 100 in 1962. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Although the Contours never quite repeated the extraordinary success of «Do You Love Me,» they returned to the charts four times during 1963 and 1964 starting with «Shake Sherry.

In the early 1970s, Joe Billingslea resurrected the group with himself, Arthur Hinson, Martin Upshire, C. Autry Hatcher and former Motown Contour Council Gay as its members, and began performing at local clubs around Detroit. During the seventies and early eighties, the group’s popularity increased and they began playing dates throughout the US and even some international dates. In 1984, Charles Davis replaced Hinson and a week later Potts rejoined the group replacing Gay. In 1992, Hinson left the group, and it continued as a quartet until 1993 when Nunlee left. Gary Grier were recruited in 1993. Detroit group named Upscale, which immediately began performing as «The Contours». Billingslea sued and Potts countersued, each claiming the rights to the name.