Motown founder Berry Gordy celebrates his 83rd birthday today. Here are the top ten Motown artists from Hitsville, USA:
10. Dancing in the Street – Martha & Vandellas
Martha Reeves started as receptionist at Motown working for A&R director Mickey Stevenson. She also helped out with some A&R tasks.
9. Three Times a Lady – Lionel Richie & The Commodores
8. I’ll Be There – Michael & The Jackson Five
7. Reach Out I’ll Be There – Four Tops
6. Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
One-time VP of company; Dylan called him ‘America’s Greatest Living Poet’.
5. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross as solo artist
[Related: The Top Ten Songs of Diana Ross]
4. Where Did Our Love Go – Diana Ross & Supremes
This was first of their twelve No. 1 hits during the 1960s.
3. My Girl – Temptations
Motown’s most successful male group.
2. I Heard it Thru the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
[Related: The Top Ten Songs of Marvin Gaye]
1. Uptight – Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder was only twelve when he had his first hist ‘Fingertips’ and he’s still going strong