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A brand new series telling The Story of Motown

Stuart Grundy introduces part 1:

Marvelettes and Miracles

How to turn a small black American record company into a national entity was the problem faced in the late 1950s by a man called Berry Gordy. He describes himself as a dreamer, and perhaps that is why he was able to ignore the almost insurmountable odds and the fact that no one had ever before been able to promote a black entertainment company to national prominence.

Motown turned out to be 'chock full' of talent at every level, and its success quickly became international. This first programme traces the company's early struggles and successes.

Series research by JOHN TOBLER

Written and produced by STUART GRUNDY

0 FEATURE: page 78

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Introduces: Stuart Grundy

Unknown: Berry Gordy.

Unknown: John Tobler

Produced By: Stuart Grundy

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The Story of Motown Introduced by Stuart Grundy

2: How Sweet It Is

By 1964 a sense of order had arrived at Motown that was apparent even on the other side of the world. Motown. unlike any other record company, employed a 'house band', recorded entirely in its own studios and opened up an 'artist development' department to enhance the natural talent that it was recruiting in Detroit. With a rich mixture of planning and good fortune, the label founder,

Berry Gordy , was now running one of the fastest growing American companies of any sort.

Series research

JOHN TOBLER

Written and produced by STUART GRUNDY

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Introduced By: Stuart Grundy

Unknown: Berry Gordy

Produced By: Stuart Grundy

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The Story of Motown Introduced by Stuart Grundy

3: Going to a Go-Go There was only one

American record label which not only weathered the 'British invasion' of the mid-60s, but grew stronger in its presence, and that was Motown. The legendary songwriting and production team of Holland, Dozier and Holland was enjoying its greatest success in the years 1964 to 1966, and company confidence was accordingly high. Every record released by The

Supremes seemed destined for number one in the American charts, but Motown boasted strength in depth with The Four

Tops, Stevie Wonder , The Miracles, The Temptations and Junior Walker also becoming consistent hitmakers.

Series research by JOHN TOBLER

Written and produced by STUART GRUNDY

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Introduced By: Stuart Grundy

Unknown: Stevie Wonder

Unknown: Junior Walker

Unknown: John Tobler

Produced By: Stuart Grundy

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Ten programmes telling The Story of Motown Introduced by Stuart Grundy

6: Papa Was a Rollin' Stone

Perhaps it was the move from Detroit to Los

Angeles that changed the musical mood at Motown. Certainly there was a mellowing which had its effect even on the Jackson 5. Berry Gordy had tried to stem the growing tide towards realism in lyrics, but bowed to the pressure created by writers and producers such as Norman Whitfield. Marvin Gaye gained full approval with the success of 'What's going on'. Series research JOHN TOBLER. Written and produced by STUART GRUNDY

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Introduced By: Stuart Grundy

Unknown: Berry Gordy

Unknown: Norman Whitfield.

Unknown: Marvin Gaye

Unknown: John Tobler.

Produced By: Stuart Grundy

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Ten programmes telling The Story of Motown Introduced by Stuart Grundy

7: Living for the City With the move from

Detroit to Los Angeles, Motown lost much of its original impetus. Founder and chairman

Berry Gordy 's attention was being increasingly claimed by the film world, and the record company's course - once straight as an arrow - began to meander. The time was ripe for Stevie Wonder to become Motown's

'standard bearer', which he did through the release of a brilliant quartet of albums. The '11-year-old genius' had at last begun to fulfil his promise. Meanwhile, a young

Lionel Richie experienced his first chart success with The Commodores.

Series research JOHN TOBLER Written and produced by STUART GRUNDY

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Introduced By: Stuart Grundy

Unknown: Berry Gordy

Unknown: Stevie Wonder

Unknown: Lionel Richie

Produced By: Stuart Grundy

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Ten programmes telling The Story of Motown Introduced by Stuart Grundy

8: Three Times a Lady The mid-70s were

Motown's leanest years, with only Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder showing any consistency, and when Stevie locked himself away in the studio for two years to record Songs in the Key of Life Motown had real problems. But new stars were beginning to make a major impact by 1977. Lionel Richie and The Commodores hit their stride with a song called 'Easy', and then went on to set new sales records for 'Three times a lady'.

Series research JOHN TOBLER Written and produced by STUART GRUNDY

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Introduced By: Stuart Grundy

Unknown: Diana Ross

Unknown: Stevie Wonder

Unknown: Lionel Richie

Produced By: Stuart Grundy

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The last of ten programmes telling

The Story of Motown Introduced by Stuart Grundy

Happy Birthday to Ya

Motown's challenge in the 80s was to show that it could survive and prosper without Michael Jackson , Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye. Alongside Lionel Richie and The

Commodores, the company began to introduce its new breed of performers such as The Dazz Band and Mary Jane Girls , and with Stevie Wonder making sporadic but hugely successful contributions, managed to clock up 25 years of national and international chart activity.

Series research JOHN TOBLER Written and produced by STUART GRUNDY

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Introduced By: Stuart Grundy

Unknown: Michael Jackson

Unknown: Diana Ross

Unknown: Marvin Gaye.

Unknown: Lionel Richie

Unknown: Mary Jane Girls

Unknown: Stevie Wonder

Produced By: Stuart Grundy

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The Story of Motown

Stuart Grundy introduces Part 1: Marvelettes and Miracles

The early struggles and successes of a small Black

American record company on its way to national prominence.

Series research by JOHN TOBLER Written and produced by STUART GRUNDY

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Introduces: Stuart Grundy

Unknown: John Tobler

Produced By: Stuart Grundy

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The Story of Motown

Stuart Grundy introduces Part 2: How Sweet it is

By 1964 a sense of order had arrived at Motown that was apparent even on the other side of the world.

Series research JOHN TOBLER Written and produced by STUART GRUNDY

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Introduces: Stuart Grundy

Produced By: Stuart Grundy

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The Story of Motown

Stuart Grundy introduces Part 3: Going to a Go-Go

There was only one American record label which not only weathered the 'British invasion' of the mid-60s, but grew stronger in its presence, and that was Motown.

Series research JOHN TOBLER Written and produced by STUART GRUNDY (Repear)

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The Story of Motown

Stuart Grundy introduces Part 4: 1 Have a Dream

Motown countered 'acid rock' and psychedeha with more of its own brand of pop R and B; but eventually stronger, more daring lyrics began to appear on record.

Series research JOHN TOBLER Written and produced by STUART GRUNDY

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The Story of Motown

Stuart Grundy introduces Part 6: Papa Was a Rollin' Stone

Perhaps it was the move from Detroit to Los Angeles that changed the musical mood at Motown towards realism in lyrics. Marvin Gaye gained full approval with the success of 'What's going on'. Series research JOHN TOBLER Written and produced by STUART GRUNDY

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Introduces: Stuart Grundy

Unknown: Marvin Gaye

Produced By: Stuart Grundy

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The Story of Motown

Stuart Grundy introduces

Part 8: Three Times a Lady The mid-70s were Motown's leanest years. But

Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores had successes with 'Easy', and 'Three times a lady'.

Series research JOHN TOBLER Written and produced by STUART GRUNDY

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Introduces: Stuart Grundy

Unknown: Lionel Ritchie

Produced By: Stuart Grundy

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The Story of Motown

Stuart Grundy introduces

Part 10: Happy Birthday To Ya Motown's challenge in the 80s was to show that it could survive and prosper without Michael Jackson , Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye.

Series research JOHN TOBLER Written and produced by STUART GRUNDY

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Introduces: Stuart Grundy

Unknown: Michael Jackson

Unknown: Diana Ross

Unknown: Marvin Gaye.

Produced By: Stuart Grundy