American Jukebox™

May 2, 2020 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

With Garrett Stack

The Motown Story


American Jukebox 242 - The Motown Story.

In 1959 Berry Gordy, Jr., a young man who was training to be a professional boxer, borrowed $800 and started a record company. That company, Motown Records, produced records that would become the sound of a generation, most notably the sound of the Baby Boom generation.
The first hit record for the fledgling company was co-written by Gordy and sung by Barrett Strong. "Money" was a prophetic title for the song as Motown became the biggest African-American-owned business, grossing the most money for decades. The company's output of material starting in 1960 was staggering. The Miracles, Mary Wells, and The Marvelettes led the way in the early years of Motown. Constantly adding recording acts to the roster, Motown soon had Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Martha & the Vandellas. Then, in 1964 lightning struck. The Supremes, who had been working on a hit record for years, finally lit up the pop charts with their #1 Where Did Our Love Go? The era of the super groups emerged with The Temptations and The Four Tops joining the Supremes as consistent hit makers throughout the decade.
By the time the '60s were over a new act came to Motown, The Jackson Five. The old sound was gone and the '70s brought many changes to the sound and the company. In 1972 Motown left its roots in Detroit and moved to Los Angeles where it continued to thrive but with a different sound.
This edition of American Jukebox is dedicated to the "Sound of Young America," the tagline of Motown, and the record company that dared to break down barriers and had white kids and black kids dancing together.

American Jukebox™
4:01 PM
Bobby Vinton What Did You Do With Your Old 45's
Mr. Lonely - His Greatest Songs Today Curb Records USCRB0302577
4:02 PM
Barrett Strong Money (That's What I Want)
The Motown Story: The Sixties Universal Music USMO10300620
4:07 PM
The Miracles Shop Around
The Motown Story: The Sixties Universal Music Ireland Ltd. USMO10300624
4:10 PM
The Marvelettes Playboy
Going to a Go Go + More Smash Hits Sound and Vision GBBXS1278026
4:14 PM
Mary Wells The One Who Really Loves You
Motown No. 1's Universal Music Digital Luxembourg USMO16200261
4:18 PM
Martha & The Vandellas Come And Get These Memories
Gold Universal Music USMO16300242
4:20 PM
Marvin Gaye Can I Get A Witness
The 50 Greatest Songs Universal Music USMO19582676
4:23 PM
Mary Wells My Guy
Pop Corn - Oldies - Northern Soul Ovrpm Records BET231531410
4:29 PM
Breda Holloway Every Little Bit Hurts
Tamla Motown: Big Hits & Hard To Find Classics, Vol. 2 Revolver Records GBACC1513301
4:32 PM
The Supremes Baby Love
The #1's Universal Music Ireland Ltd. USMO10300712
4:34 PM
The Temptations The Way You Do The Things You Do
Say It Loud! A Celebration Of Black Music In America: Soundtrack From The Documentary Series Music Today Records UK7771407006
4:37 PM
Four Tops Ask the Lonely
The Definitive Collection: Four Tops Motown USMO10119989
4:42 PM
Kim Weston Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)
The Motown Story Universal Music USMO10000320
4:44 PM
The Supremes Nothing But Heartaches
Gold Universal Music Ireland Ltd. USMO10000250
4:47 PM
The Temptations Ain't Too Proud To Beg
The Motown Story: The Sixties Universal Music USMO10300654
4:50 PM
Smokey Robinson The Tracks Of My Tears (Single Version / Mono)
Solid Soul Universal Music GmbH USMO16500449
4:53 PM
Four Tops If I Were A Carpenter
Anthology 50th Anniversary Universal Strategic Marketing USMO16700448
4:56 PM
The Isley Brothers This Old Heart Of Mine Is Weak For You
Classic Soul - Universal Masters Universal Music USMO16600448
4:59 PM
Jr. Walker Walk In The Night
Hitsville USA, The Motown Collection 1972-1992 Universal Music USMO17100032
5:02 PM
Edwin Starr Twenty Five Miles
The Motown Story Universal Music USMO16882607
5:06 PM
Stevie Wonder Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours
You've Got Mail Atlantic Records USRHD0900458
5:08 PM
Stevie Wonder Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day
Motown Chartbusters Vol 2 Universal Music USMO16884709
5:11 PM
Marvin Gaye Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing
Motown 40 Forever Universal Music USMO16800489
5:14 PM
Jr. Walker & The All Stars What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)
Motown Legends: What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)? Universal Music USMO16984697
5:16 PM
Diana Ross & The Supremes Someday We'll Be Together - 2003 Remix
Motown 50 Fanthology Motown USMO16982634
5:20 PM
Jackson 5 I Want You Back
Motown 40 Forever Universal Music Ltd USMO19783293
5:22 PM
Jackson 5 Never Can Say Goodbye
The Ultimate Collection: Jackson 5 Universal Music USMO17182631
5:25 PM
Michael Jackson Ben
Mellow Michael Jackson Universal Music USMO17282631
5:31 PM
The Supremes Stop! In The Name Of Love
The Best Of Diana Ross & The Supremes (Anthology Series) A&M USMO16582625
5:33 PM
Marvin Gaye Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
Every Great Motown Hit Of Marvin Gaye Motown (Capitol) USMO17100046
5:37 PM
Yvonne Fair It Should Have Been Me
The Bitch Is Black Motown USMO17582775
5:41 PM
Gladys Knight & The Pips If I Were Your Woman
Ultimate Collection: Gladys Knight & The Pips Universal Music USMO17082654
5:41 PM
Diana Ross & The Supremes Someday We'll Be Together - 2003 Remix
Motown 50 Fanthology Motown USMO16982634
5:44 PM
Thelma Houston Don't Leave Me This Way
Don't Leave Me This Way WMG - Tommy Boy Music, LLC USTB11700241
5:48 PM
David Ruffin Walk Away From Love
Big Motown Hits & Hard To Find Classics - Volume 1 Universal Music USMO17582651
5:51 PM
Stevie Wonder Sir Duke
At The Close Of A Century Universal Music USMO17600526
5:55 PM
The Originals Down To Love Town
Motown Disco Universal Music USMO17684773
5:58 PM
Les Cooper Wiggle Wobble
New Orleans Jukebox Gold Vol. 1 (Digitally Remastered) Essential Media Group USGZ20931073