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It was the third of September, a day I’ll always remember … (The Temptations and The Funk Brothers hit #1)

On Dec. 2, 1972, The Temptations’ single “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100—the group’s fourth time at the top spot. The single was almost seven minutes in length, edited down from its original 12-minute … Continue reading

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The amazing Dennis Coffey (guitarist for the Funk Brothers)

On this day, Nov. 11, 1940, Dennis Coffey was born in Detroit. Coffey was a guitarist for the Funk Brothers, the house band for Motown Records. His first recording session was on “Cloud Nine” for the Temptations (that’s Coffey using … Continue reading

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Girl power: The Supremes A-Go-Go

On Oct. 22, 1966, The Supremes became the first female group to have a #1 album on the US charts with The Supremes A-Go-Go. The album was a cover collection of Motown’s most popular dance hits (i.e., “Get Ready,” “I … Continue reading

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“War?” What is it good for? (apparently a Grammy)

In keeping with the recent theme of protest songs, “War” by Edwin Starr is one of the more popular ones. On Aug. 29,1970, “War” became the top tune on Billboard’s pop singles chart, and remained #1 for three weeks. The … Continue reading

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