Record Labels of the Mid-20th century

By the time genres like Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, and Soul became prominent, there were record labels that grew alongside the popularity and widespread consumption of these genres. By putting music in the hands and homes of consumers, these labels helped to establish the cultural landscape associate with genres and the cities in which they […]

The Soul of Marvin Gaye

THE SOUL OF MARVIN GAYE On a solemn day in the Spring of 1939, many were observing the humble entry of Jesus Christ’s arrival centuries ago. The palm symbolized the victory and triumph of Christ, as well as a welcoming invitation of renewal and peace. People revered the power of God within spiritual and physical […]

Gladys Knight

/*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} A Knight with Gladys /*! elementor-pro – v3.4.1 – 01-09-2021 */ @charset “UTF-8″;.entry-content blockquote.elementor-blockquote:not(.alignright):not(.alignleft),.entry-summary blockquote.elementor-blockquote{margin-right:0;margin-left:0}.elementor-widget-blockquote blockquote{margin:0;padding:0;outline:0;font-size:100%;vertical-align:baseline;background:transparent;quotes:none;border:0;font-style:normal;color:#55595c}.elementor-widget-blockquote blockquote:after,.elementor-widget-blockquote blockquote:before,.elementor-widget-blockquote blockquote cite:after,.elementor-widget-blockquote blockquote cite:before,.elementor-widget-blockquote blockquote footer:after,.elementor-widget-blockquote blockquote footer:before{content:””;content:none}.elementor-blockquote{-webkit-transition:.3s;-o-transition:.3s;transition:.3s}.elementor-blockquote__author,.elementor-blockquote__content{margin-bottom:0;font-style:normal}.elementor-blockquote__author{font-weight:700}.elementor-blockquote footer{margin-top:12px;display:-webkit-box;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;-webkit-box-pack:justify;-ms-flex-pack:justify;justify-content:space-between}.elementor-blockquote__tweet-button{display:-webkit-box;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;-webkit-transition:.3s;-o-transition:.3s;transition:.3s;color:#1da1f2;-ms-flex-item-align:end;align-self:flex-end;line-height:1;position:relative;width:-webkit-max-content;width:-moz-max-content;width:max-content}.elementor-blockquote__tweet-button:hover{color:#0967a0}.elementor-blockquote__tweet-button span{font-weight:600}.elementor-blockquote__tweet-button i,.elementor-blockquote__tweet-button span{vertical-align:middle}.elementor-blockquote__tweet-button i+span,.elementor-blockquote__tweet-button svg+span{margin-left:.5em}.elementor-blockquote__tweet-button svg{fill:#1da1f2;height:1em;width:1em}.elementor-blockquote__tweet-label{white-space:pre-wrap}.elementor-blockquote–button-skin-bubble .elementor-blockquote__tweet-button,.elementor-blockquote–button-skin-classic .elementor-blockquote__tweet-button{padding:.7em 1.2em;border-radius:100em;background-color:#1da1f2;color:#fff;font-size:15px}.elementor-blockquote–button-skin-bubble .elementor-blockquote__tweet-button:hover,.elementor-blockquote–button-skin-classic .elementor-blockquote__tweet-button:hover{background-color:#0967a0;color:#fff}.elementor-blockquote–button-skin-bubble .elementor-blockquote__tweet-button:hover:before,.elementor-blockquote–button-skin-classic .elementor-blockquote__tweet-button:hover:before{border-right-color:#0967a0}.elementor-blockquote–button-skin-bubble .elementor-blockquote__tweet-button […]

Record Row

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Commodification of Black Music Through Labels

RECORD ROW Record Row culminated independent record companies into one, especially black music labels, and resided on South Michigan Avenue. Custom Records, Brunswick, Vee-Jay, and Chess all played a role in creating a new era of popular music for black artists throughout the 1950s up until the 1980s.  /*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ […]

Summer of Soul Review

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Commodification of African American Music

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Gladys Knight Project Sources (trinity seegars)

/*! elementor – v3.4.4 – 13-09-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Gladys (Maria) Knight /*! elementor – v3.4.4 – 13-09-2021 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a img[src$=”.svg”]{width:48px}.elementor-widget-image img{vertical-align:middle;display:inline-block} Sources https://www.biography.com/musician/gladys-knight https://www.rockhall.com/inductees/gladys-knight-and-pips https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-misunderstood-talent-of-gladys-knight https://www.discogs.com/artist/135244-Gladys-Knight https://www.gettyimages.com/photos/gladys-knight https://gladysknight.com

The Making of Hitsville

Previous Next                                                                LET’S SEE WHERE $800 CAN GET YOU… THAT’S ALL IT TOOK BERRY GORDY  How Motown Became Motown Berry Gordy – The Man […]

Stax Records: The Forgotten Label

Stax Records: The Forgotten Label Thesis Many people have heard of the infamous label Motown. However, there were other soul labels that had great success. One of these labels is Stax Records. Beginning Stax records were originally based in Memphis, Tennessee. It was founded in 1957 as Satellite Records, the label changed its name to […]

Rainbow after the Storm in Detroit

Rainbow after the Storm in Detroit Starting in 1910, many African Americans left the south and moved into northern states like Detroit. Although they were trying to run away from the racist south, they were still forced into smaller districts because they were denied equal access to the same housing as whites. This became some […]

The Universal Appeal of the Motown Sound

The Universal Appeal of the Motown Sound Amaia Calhoun Motown, more than any other record label in history was able to create a sound that appealed to all of America and beyond.  Prior to the founding of Motown, African American artists had limited exposure and acceptance by white audiences.  Berry Gordy’s Motown was able to […]

The Motown Sound

This legendary label was started in 1959 by Berry Gordy with an $800 loan in Detroit Michigan.  He got the name from the nick name the city was give Motor City. He did everything possible to ensure that was was released was of top quality. It was the First African American owned record label to […]

Motown! Motown!

From the heart of Detroit, Motown Records was founded at the building Hitsville U.S.A. Motown is no stranger to anyone that knows anything about African American music as it was home to iconic groups such as the Jackson 5, the Temptations, and the Supremes. It helped launch the acts of icons Micheal Jackson and Diana […]

Motown: Music that has Moved the World

Diana Ross The Four Tops Gladys Knight & the Pips The Isley Brothers The Jackson 5 Lionel Richie The Marvelettes Michael Jackson Marvin Gaye Rick James (1948 – 2004) Smokey Robinson and the Miracles Stevie Wonder The Supremes The Temptations Berry Gordy was an emerging songwriter who decided to establish Motown Records in 1959. The […]

Motown Records

What is Motown Records? Motown Records is a recording company developed by record executive Berry Gordon and owned by Universal Music Group. Motown specializes in soul music with a pop influence. Due to that crossover as a Black-owned record label, Motown played a huge role in the racial integration of popular music. Motown has such […]