Heard Thru Grapevine: Motown Celebrates 50th With Podcast

Jan 17th, 2009 | By | Category: Audio Podcasting, Podcast Quickies, Podcasting

I’ll bet you wondered how I knew? Well, the ABC-tv affilliate in Chicago reports that Motown is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a series of podcasts about the legendary label, its artists, and classic songs.

The series promises to be mighty-mighty: The first episode features Smokey Robinson’s recollections of Motown’s early days. Bi-weekly episodes range from discussions with Motown founder Berry Gordy Junior, to Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and songwriter Lamont Dozier of the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team. The Motown site promises insights into favorite songs ranging from “My Girl” to “Love Hangover” to “Brick House.”

Some of the podcasts will also look at Motown from a contemporary perspective, with acts like Nick Cannon (Mr. Mariah Carey) and Q-Tip discussing Motown’s influence on the music they create today. However, when looking at the music that shaped romantic and dance music for decades to follow, as they say, “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing.” We’re looking forward to hearing the originators of the Motown Sound themselves telling stories about some of our favorite music.

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