And then came Motown: from a little house on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, hit after hit that soared across the color line and left a generation of young Americans — coast to coast, North and South, black and white — dancing to the same tunes.
The Supremes, the Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson Five. It was a pop music earthquake.
This hour, On Point: Motown, and its legacy, at 50.
You can join the conversation. What made the Motown sound work across the country? What made the country ready for Motown?Guests:
Joining us in our studio is Tim Riley, a music critic and frequent contributor to PRI's “Here & Now.” His latest book is “Fever: How Rock Transformed Gender."
From Los Angeles, we're joined by Suzanne de Passe, the former president of Motown Productions. As creative assistant to Motown founder Berry Gordy, she discovered Jackson 5 and The Commodores. A winner of Emmy, Golden Globe, and Peabody awards, she's now CEO of de Passe Entertainment.
And from Amsterdam, we're joined by Raphael Saadiq, the singer, songwriter, and award-winning producer for artists such as Joss Stone, The Roots, and Snoop Dogg. His new album, "The Way I See It," is new material in the style of '60's soul. He describes it as "the culmination of a lifetime of experiences informed by the music I grew up on." He's currently on tour with John Legend.
This program aired on November 13, 2008.