8/2/17: The Temptations “Ball of Confusion”
Bev and I went to see “Motown: The Musical” last night at the Durham Performing Arts Center. What a great show! If you’re a fan of Motown music, it’s a must-see. It’s all about the story of Berry Gordy Jr. and how he started Motown Records back in 1959 as Tamla. In the years that followed, his company was incorporated as Motown, and made all the music history we’ve come to know and love!
Under the direction of Gordy, there was a whole lot of money and music made at Hitsville USA. Musicians like Smokey Robinson and Holland-Dozier-Holland defined the early Motown sound, along with the house band at Motown, the aptly named “Funk Brothers.”
Berry Gordy Jr. had a dream that he was determined to fulfill, and it wasn’t easy back in those days. Music by black artists was considered by narrow-minded people as “race music.” Radio stations sometimes refused to play it. Even when Motown performers went out on the road, they often performed for segregated audiences, a practice particularly common in the South. Berry didn’t want to hear about “black music” or “white music.” He was only interested in music. Music that he wanted to listen to, that other people wanted to hear. The music they made in Detroit crossed barriers and boundaries, and helped a whole lot of folks come around to that way of thinking. It humanized and fostered love and respect, and helped to connect audiences separated by generations of conflict and mistreatment. I didn’t need a musical to tell me that, but it was still nice to see on stage.
Anyway. “Motown: The Musical” takes you all the way from the label’s first #1 hit record (“My Guy” by Mary Wells) all the way through the Motown 25th Anniversary celebration. You’ll enjoy the music of The Temptations, The Four Tops, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Martha & The Vandellas, the Jackson Five, The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, and many more. All music that came through loud and clear, songs that broke down barriers, and artists that changed America for the better. Motown: The Musical even had a hilarious impression of Ed Sullivan! Last night, when I finally fell asleep, I knew I would have Motown music in my head the next morning. I just didn’t know who it was going to be! Turns out it was The Temptations, with “Ball of Confusion.” One thing I’m not confused about: if you like classic music, you should go see this show at DPAC!
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