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R&B Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Ceremony in Detroit

Rhythm and Blues HOF News

A Tour Through Detroit’s Musical Legacy

RB-Music-Hall-of-Fame-e1368824925178Hitsville, U.S.A. Techno, rock, punk, jazz, and hip hop -- the pantheon of 20th century music has representatives from Detroit in every genre. And then there's soul music, the genre that made Detroit synonymous with its most famous label, Motown Records. The musical legacy of Motown has its roots in the Great Migration of the early 20th century, when millions of African Americans made their way to industrial cities like Detroit in search of opportunity. Theatres, bars, and clubs lined the streets of Detroit's popular black entertainment districts like Paradise Valley and 12th Street, and live music could be heard any night of the week across the city. In this vibrant atmosphere, a young Berry Gordy developed his Motown label in the late 1950's. Motown grew to be one of the most successful independent labels of all time and was a huge inspiration to the artists and aspiring business men and women in Detroit and beyond. Soon, many mom-and-pop labels sprang up in imitation of Motown's startling success. And the talent was there to support them. But first and foremost was Motown. Comprised of two modest-looking houses on West Grand Boulevard, Motown's Hitsville U.S.A. studio churned out an epic number of hit records between Read More...

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Sly, Slick & Wicked

sly-slick-wicked   Sly, Slick & Wicked are a rhythm and blues band from Cleveland, Ohio that have been active since 1970. Members were John Wilson (Sly), Charles Still (Slick) and Mark Saxton (Wicked) (was replaced by Terry Stubbs in 1972). Their song "Stay My Love" was a Top Ten rhythm-and-blues song in 1971, and Polydor issued a 1972 follow-up, "It's Not Easy." On the strength of these recordings, James Brown asked them to work for People Records, a sublabel of Polydor run by Brown. They were awarded the Men of Motown Award from the Motown Museum in 2003, and were inducted into the Motown Alumni Association Hall of Fame. In 2004, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame added the group to its permanent display. For additional information visit: Read More...

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