You could make a pretty compelling case that Motown was the greatest record label of all time – or at least the greatest of the ’60s and ’70s. Motown, along with its subsidiaries, Tamla and Gordy Records, was responsible for generating some of the greatest soul and R&B music the world has ever heard. It signed The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder and countless others, and released tracks including ‘My Girl’, ‘Dancing in the Street’, ‘Baby Love’ and ‘I Heard it Through the Grapevine’. And while it’s still going today with a number of great R&B acts, for many ‘Motown’ is synonymous with that particular period of anthemic soul.
Whether you’re already a Motown fan or want to get up to speed, the First Group Theatre may well have something for you. The Soul of Motown is a choreographed theatrical production from – of all places –
The Netherlands that promises live renditions of some of Motown’s greatest artists. We’ll be checking it out for sure.