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Motown Quotes By Robert Palmer

It's marvelous when you visit Tokyo: they have these clubs, and they'll have 'Motown Night' or 'The Beatles - Totally Authentic and Live!' You know it's shrunk, but at least there's some sort of youthful figure to it. Whereas, the blues scene in Europe is more like, 'Here we go again.' — Robert Palmer

Motown Quotes By Smokey Robinson

I left Motown because of the regime of people who were there. — Smokey Robinson

Motown Quotes By Smokey Robinson

People still look at Michael Jackson as being a Motown artist. — Smokey Robinson

Motown Quotes By Jack White

I know that's blasphemous when you are from Detroit, but I was never a fan of Motown stuff. I don't care for the production much. — Jack White

Motown Quotes By Alex Winston

Growing up, I never listened to English music. I was more into Motown, as well as early rock n' roll like Chuck Berry and Little Richard. — Alex Winston

Motown Quotes By Hayley Williams

My mom was a huge Adam and the Ants fan. My granddad listened to a lot of Motown and Elvis and Johnny Cash. So I was kind of well-rounded. — Hayley Williams

Motown Quotes By Ella Henderson

My parents brought me up on all different styles of music, like my Mum would listen to Motown R&B and my Dad was quite 80's driven, so I was always surrounded by music growing up. — Ella Henderson

Motown Quotes By Jay-Z

I grew up in Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, and my mom and pop had an extensive record collection, so Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder and all of those sounds and souls of Motown filled the house. — Jay-Z

Motown Quotes By Charlie Puth

Marvin Gaye is an inspiration to me. He was one of the first Motown musicians that my mom and dad introduced me to, and I always thought it would be a good idea if I was ever an artist, and now I am, to make a record called 'Marvin Gaye.' — Charlie Puth

Motown Quotes By Roy Wood

When we did a lot of that Motown stuff there were four of us on the front line. When we started the evening we'd start from one end of the band and just go along. The lead singer would change all the time. That's the first time that I actually managed to put it into a record. — Roy Wood

Motown Quotes By Tika Sumpter

I love Motown, that whole era. Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson. I just put on Pandora, and put it on Motown, and it makes me smile; makes me smile so much. — Tika Sumpter

Motown Quotes By Smokey Robinson

One thing I can say about the Motown acts is that we were a family. That's not a myth. — Smokey Robinson

Motown Quotes By Brenda Holloway

I feel Motown really exploited me. — Brenda Holloway

Motown Quotes By Valerie Simpson

Motown was the mecca. It was every writer's dream to work there. — Valerie Simpson

Motown Quotes By Ryan Lochte

I grew up listening to oldies, like Motown. That's from my mom. — Ryan Lochte

Motown Quotes By Paul Weller

I've bought clothes based on record covers. Particularly from the formative music that turned me onto it in the first place when I was a kid, with the Beatles and the Small Faces. A lot of those Sixties soul artists were in really sharp sharkskin or mohair suits, and Motown artists looked amazing. — Paul Weller

Motown Quotes By Jon Landau

'Let's Get It On' is a classic Motown single, endlessly repeatable and always enjoyable. — Jon Landau

Motown Quotes By Jack White

No. I know that's blasphemous when you are from Detroit. — Jack White

Motown Quotes By Betty Wright

I was in about in the 8th grade when I started recording R&B, so much of what was on was the Motown sound, and The Beatles had pretty much come over and taken America by storm. — Betty Wright

Motown Quotes By Siobhan Fahey

I love to sing old Motown songs to myself, or some Patti Smith Edith Piaf or Billie Holiday. That gets me in the mood for singing. — Siobhan Fahey

Motown Quotes By Roy Wood

When we were first started we were doing a lot of Motown stuff, but actually playing it more in a rock way. Everybody in the band sang and we did a lot of harmonies. — Roy Wood

Motown Quotes By Jordin Sparks

I've performed in Auburn Hills, at The Palace, so I haven't really been in downtown Detroit, but I've been able to be here, and I can really see, what the city was. Like, I can feel why Motown started here and how amazing it was. — Jordin Sparks

Motown Quotes By Smokey Robinson

Once you're a Motown artist, you're always a Motown artist. — Smokey Robinson

Motown Quotes By Chris Rea

I was born and raised on steel river
I see it all like it was yesterday
The ships and bridges they were all delivered
From Sydney harbour to the Cisco bay
And I met my love down on steel river
We served our dreams and spent our childhood days
In rainy streets we'd kiss away the shivers
And hide from fear inside the latest craze
Dancing to Motown
Making love with Carole King record playing
And oh how I loved you
Say goodbye steel river — Chris Rea

Motown Quotes By Mayer Hawthorne

I was really fortunate growing up to have a broad musical education. My parents listened to all kinds of music, rock, soul, Motown, jazz, Frank Sinatra, everything. — Mayer Hawthorne

Motown Quotes By Jenny Han

I've got my Motown girl-group music playing, and my supplies are laid out all around me in a semicircle. My heart hole punch, pages and pages of scrapbook paper, pictures I've cut out of magazines, glue gun, my tape dispenser with all my different colored washi tapes. Souvenirs like the playbill from when we saw Wicked in New York, receipts, pictures. Ribbon, buttons, stickers, charms. A good scrapbook has texture. It's thick and chunky and doesn't close all the way. — Jenny Han

Motown Quotes By Gerald Celente

Remember Motown? Not just the driving music that swept the nation and the world, but the vibrant energy of the Motor City itself, symbolizing the heyday of America. Today, a derelict Detroit is testament to what America has squandered and what it has become. — Gerald Celente

Motown Quotes By Gary Oldman

I was never really that interested in the punk movement. I was a blues guy: I liked Motown, James Brown. — Gary Oldman

Motown Quotes By Mayer Hawthorne

I grew up in Ann Arbor, about 25 miles west of Detroit. And when you grow up in that area, you get a healthy dose of Motown automatically. — Mayer Hawthorne

Motown Quotes By Laurieann Gibson

Artist development is something that I've been passionate about from my days at Uptown and Motown Records. — Laurieann Gibson

Motown Quotes By Rick Danko

I grew up not far from where Motown was founded, maybe 300 miles from Detroit and I've always liked - I used to like the way they made records. I still do, I just haven't had a chance to hear as much. They used to entertain me. — Rick Danko

Motown Quotes By Eddie Murphy

Growing up, I liked all the stuff that everyone else was listening to, like Motown, but the biggest group of all was The Beatles. — Eddie Murphy

Motown Quotes By Elton John

Rock and roll came in and changed my life and changed the whole music scene forever, and then I grew to love R&B and Motown and all black music, gospel music. But I never dismiss any form of music. I listen to everything. — Elton John

Motown Quotes By Linda Ronstadt

I never went to the Beatles' concerts to scream. I never screamed at anybody's show. I was on my feet with the entire, all of the crowned heads of Motown, and we were shrieking our guts out. — Linda Ronstadt

Motown Quotes By Lorrie Moore

1976. The Bicentennial. In the laundromat, you want for the time on your coins to run out. Through the porthole of the dryer, you watch your bedeviled towels and sheets leap and fall. The radio station piped in from the ceiling plays slow, sad Motown; it encircles you with the desperate hopefulness of a boy at a dance, and it makes you cry. When you get back to your apartment, dump everything on your bed. Your mother is knitting crookedly: red, white, and blue. Kiss her hello. Say: "Sure was warm in the place." She will seem not to hear you. — Lorrie Moore

Motown Quotes By Raphael Saadiq

I honed in on a great time, the Motown era, the '60s and '70s. That type of music has always been a staple in my life. — Raphael Saadiq

Motown Quotes By Justin Townes Earle

I love Motown, but I've obviously always been more of a Memphis soul fan. If it's Stax or Motown, I go Stax. — Justin Townes Earle

Motown Quotes By Smokey Robinson

Motown will always be a heavy-duty part of my life because those are my roots. — Smokey Robinson

Motown Quotes By Mayer Hawthorne

A big part of the Motown formula was, they took music and turned it into this sort of automotive assembly line. They were cranking out 10 songs a day in that studio, or more. — Mayer Hawthorne

Motown Quotes By Jessica Knoll

You know those people, just so fucking happy to be alive, bouncing down the street, buds in their ears and faces repulsive with pleasure as they belt out the lyrics to some noxious Motown classic. I've gotten bold, bumping them with my enormous bag as I pass by, savoring their outraged "Hey!" behind me. No one gets to be that happy. — Jessica Knoll

Motown Quotes By Isabel Wilkerson

There are certain things that we take for granted that simply would not have existed without the great migration. Motown, for example, would not have existed - it simply would not, because Berry Gordy, the founder of it, his parents had migrated from Georgia to Detroit where he founded Motown, and where did he get his talent? — Isabel Wilkerson

Motown Quotes By Paul Beatty

The only people discussing "race" with any insight and courage are loud middle-aged white men who romanticize the Kennedys and Motown, well-read open-minded white kids like the tie-dyed familiar sitting next to me in the Free Tibet and Boba Fett T-shirt, a few freelance journalists in Detroit, and the American hikikomori who sit in their basements pounding away at their keyboards composing measured and well-thought-out responses to the endless torrent of racist online commentary. — Paul Beatty

Motown Quotes By Paul Weller

I'd heard a lot of Motown and Stax when I was a kid, but the more well-known end of it. On Jam tours, we had a DJ called Ady Croasdell who ran a '60s club. He turned me on to underground stuff and what people call northern soul. It just blew my mind. — Paul Weller

Motown Quotes By Smokey Robinson

I don't ever balk at being considered a Motown person, because Motown is the greatest musical event that ever happened in the history of music. — Smokey Robinson

Motown Quotes By Eric Thomas

I kind of grew up with hip hop and of course being from Detroit I'm a Motown man. Music is in our blood. When you're from Detroit, music is in your DNA. — Eric Thomas

Motown Quotes By Greta Salpeter

My main influences are pop and folk music - Bob Lind, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, the Motown collection, The Zombies, Elliott Smith, and a ton of 70's AM radio hits. I love powerpop too. — Greta Salpeter

Motown Quotes By Smokey Robinson

Once you're a Motown artist, that's your stigmatism, and I was there from the very first day. — Smokey Robinson

Motown Quotes By Charlie Puth

I listened to a lot of Marvin Gaye and Motown records. — Charlie Puth

Motown Quotes By Ella Henderson

Growing up, I listened and was influenced by a lot of those around me. I have a big family, and my dad listened to '80s music, my mom listened to Motown, my brother listened to reggae, and my granddad was the one that got me into jazz and swing music. — Ella Henderson

Motown Quotes By Luenell

Ali Woodson was one of the few Iconic Soul-Singers left from the Motown Era that could STILL sell out a crowd, light up a party, & make the women scream! Ali & I have loved, fought, flew & cruised these United States together. His raspy but golden tones will be missed but his music, acting & friendship will last in my heart 4-ever. — Luenell

Motown Quotes By Stephanie D'Abruzzo

My tastes range all over the place, from vocal standards to Motown to 70s funk & soul to 80s pop to film scores to artists like R.E.M., Ben Folds, Prince, Annie Lennox, the Police, Elvis Costello, Cat Stevens, the Ditty Bops, local bands that friends of mine are in, and the list goes on ... I have no single favorite genre or artist. — Stephanie D'Abruzzo

Motown Quotes By Idina Menzel

I made a good living for a teenager. And I had to learn all different kinds of music - jazz, swing, Motown, pop - and that inspired what kind of music I started to write. — Idina Menzel

Motown Quotes By Dave Haywood

Charles and I are from Augusta, Ga. - so we come from James Brown territory, soul music and Motown. And Charles has always had a lot of Southern rock in there as well. — Dave Haywood

Motown Quotes By Mike Love

We came from the '60s era, when we started and made so many hits. The song value from the '60s was so darn good, you've got The Beatles, The Beach Boys, all of Motown, and plenty of other people, too ... amazing records, amazing songs. — Mike Love

Motown Quotes By Talib Kweli

My musical influence is really from my father. He was a DJ in college. My parents met at New York University. So he listened to, you know, Motown, and he listened to Bob Dylan. He listened to Grateful Dead and Rolling Stones, but he also listened to reggae music. And he collected vinyl. — Talib Kweli

Motown Quotes By Conrad Sewell

I knew I wanted to do music at eight years of age. I listened to a lot of Motown growing up, and it got to the point where I started mimicking people - Michael Jackson or whoever. People started to notice I could hold a tone. The bug was always there. — Conrad Sewell

Motown Quotes By Simon Cowell

I grew up when the whole Motown thing was huge. The charts in those days were dominated by groups more than solo artists at one point. — Simon Cowell

Motown Quotes By Smokey Robinson

The Beatles were huge. And the first thing they said when you interviewed them, 'Oh yeah, we grew up on Motown.'..They were the first white act to admit they grew up listening to black music. — Smokey Robinson

Motown Quotes By Stephanie Mills

Even before coming into the industry, I was a big fan of Motown, the Jackson 5, Gladys Knight, the Temptations, Diana Ross and The Supremes. — Stephanie Mills

Motown Quotes By Hillary Clinton

Motown, Motown, that's my era. Those are my people. — Hillary Clinton

Motown Quotes By Meshell Ndegeocello

My favorite period is when we lived in the land of the three-minute song. The Motown thing - I thought they were genius in knowing that's as much as a listener can take. — Meshell Ndegeocello

Motown Quotes By Thelma Houston

When I joined, I was one of the first artists to sign on to the Motown West label when they opened their first studio in California. At the studio, you'd run into Stevie Wonder, you'd run into Marvin Gaye ... it was very special. — Thelma Houston

Motown Quotes By Berry Gordy

Motown was about music for all people - white and black, blue and green, cops and the robbers. I was reluctant to have our music alienate anyone. — Berry Gordy

Motown Quotes By Nickolas Ashford

We call 'Ain't No Mountain' the golden egg that landed us at Motown. — Nickolas Ashford

Motown Quotes By Jimmy Webb

You certainly don't hear any country music on pop radio today. But for a while you did, and it was a lovely thing to have all the different genres of music cohabitating the Top 40 - the folk sound, The Beatles, the British sound, the Motown sounds, that kind of light country - it was a welcome relief after a few hard rock records. Everyone was sharing the airwaves, and I think it was a beautiful time for American music. — Jimmy Webb

Motown Quotes By Ted Nugent

Those original, black, spirited, defiant, rebellious musical masters. Chuck Berry was one of the first masters of Les Paul's new electric guitar; he pretty much laid down the gauntlet, and I don't think anybody's ever beat him since. Way before the British Invasion, I was tuned into the black guys that created the British Invasion. Without Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Lightnin' Hopkins, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and the Motown hits, there would be no Beatles. — Ted Nugent

Motown Quotes By Jordin Sparks

With the '60s era and Motown, my grandparents actually introduced us to that when I was younger, so I grew up listening to the Jackson Five, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Supremes and Diana Ross' solo stuff. I just loved it. — Jordin Sparks

Motown Quotes By Glen Hansard

And for some reason, when I'm sad, I do listen to Leonard Cohen, I do listen to Joni Mitchell. I do find myself going to the music that's actually reflecting my mood, as opposed to sticking on Motown, which might actually bring my mood up. — Glen Hansard

Motown Quotes By Christopher Moore

Outside the bedroom Jane fumbled around and in her purse and produced a pack of cigarettes, but couldn't figure out whether to smoke one or not. "Holy Motown Jesus with Pips, what the fuck is going on in there? — Christopher Moore

Motown Quotes By Berry Gordy

I've discovered that Motown and Broadway have a lot in common - a family of wonderfully talented, passionate, hardworking young people, fiercely competitive but also full of love and appreciation for the work, for each other and for the people in the audience. — Berry Gordy

Motown Quotes By Tommy Chong

Music has always been a big part of Cheech & Chong's career, so it's just natural. You know, I was a musician before I met Cheech and had a record with Motown, and so I've got the cred. — Tommy Chong

Motown Quotes By Sufjan Stevens

One of my strongest memories is my father playing bongos in the living room in Detroit listening to Motown radio. He was this skinny white bald guy, but he was really moved by blues and Motown and funk. — Sufjan Stevens

Motown Quotes By Tony Blackburn

For me, the highlight was meeting all the Motown acts, as I adore black soul music. I met Stevie Wonder who I love, and Diana Ross And The Supremes. I also met The Carpenters. I was actually there in the studio when they recorded We've Only Just Begun. — Tony Blackburn

Motown Quotes By Katy B

My dad was a soul fan and a singer himself, and he loved vocal harmony, stuff like the Beach Boys and Motown like the Four Tops, which was a big influence on me. — Katy B

Motown Quotes By John Legend

My dad liked a lot of Motown, but I didn't listen to it until my teenage years. — John Legend

Motown Quotes By Dan Auerbach

That culture, of looking at catchy music as a negative thing, is weird. It has nothing to do with me, or the music I was into growing up. The Stones and the Beatles only tried to write hits. Every Motown song, every Credence Clearwater song - they were trying to write hits. — Dan Auerbach

Motown Quotes By Timothy B. Schmit

I grew up around music. My father was a professional musician. We used to have a trailer house that we travelled in. I've always loved music. Started out loving to sing to the standards and songs of the early 50s, then that interest shifted to rock and roll, Motown, folk. — Timothy B. Schmit

Motown Quotes By Smokey Robinson

Ron White was not one of the very first original members of the Motown staff, but eventually he was. — Smokey Robinson

Motown Quotes By Robert Palmer

My listening changed when I heard music from Stax, Atlantic, Motown because by that age I thought anything that my parents listened to must be square. So I had to find my own rock n' roll, as it were, and I found it in black soul music. — Robert Palmer

Motown Quotes By Ted Nugent

I stand humbled on bended knee but, of course, the response to that would be 'Duh!' And to be given that incredible honor means that I represent the piss and vinegar, the energy, the defiance, the musicality of the Funk Brothers and Motown and Mitch Ryder and Bob Seger, Brownsville Station and Grand Funk Railroad and Eminem and Jack White and Kid Rock - are you kidding me? — Ted Nugent

Motown Quotes By Jonny Lang

My parents had a huge pile of records - vinyl! - that I loved, especially the Motown stuff, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding. — Jonny Lang

Motown Quotes By Elton John

I don't think you can recreate anything from the past. You can not do it. If you're going to go out and imitate a Motown sound, you can't do it, it's impossible because of the studios and players involved and the atmosphere. — Elton John

Motown Quotes By Suzi Quatro

Music has always been in my family, but it was mainly keyboards. I learned to play classical piano, but when I first heard the amazing bass guitar of James Jamerson, who played on all the big Motown hits of the '60s and '70s, I knew bass guitar was my instrument. — Suzi Quatro

Motown Quotes By Rory Block

There are many influences in my music, not only blues. R&B, Motown, gospel, old timey, jazz, even classical are all part of what I do. I started with classical, then country, then blues, and after that I started listening heavily to Motown and gospel. My earliest efforts as a songwriter were soul. Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, Wilson Pickett, Gladys Knight, James Brown, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and Fontella Bass are just a few of the names that come to mind as the God's of soul and Motown. — Rory Block

Motown Quotes By Martha Reeves

I went from elementary school to proper training, operatic training, and I went on to the Motown University and learned a lot of things from some wonderful people. — Martha Reeves

Motown Quotes By L'Wren Scott

I grew up listening to Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf and lots of blues, R&B and Motown. — L'Wren Scott

Motown Quotes By Graham Parker

When I was a kid in the mid-'60s, I was what's known as a moddie boy, a prototype skinhead. You all had your hair like a crew cut, cropped, with suits or Levis with red suspenders, sometimes Doc Martens. It was a thriving soul music, Motown and ska scene; we used to dance to Prince Buster and the Skatalites. — Graham Parker

Motown Quotes By Estelle

With my music, I don't have to stay in one lane. One day I'm in Motown, and the next day I'm in reggae. — Estelle

Motown Quotes By Quincy Jones

Without the Fender bass, there'd be no rock n' roll or no Motown. The electric guitar had been waiting 'round since 1939 for a nice partner to come along. It became an electric rhythm section, and that changed everything. — Quincy Jones

Motown Quotes By Big Sean

Definitely just growing up in general influenced me; Detroit happened to be where I was. I feel like the city definitely has made an impact on my life and made me who I am. Detroit has an unmistakable soul - nobody can duplicate the soul we bring to the game. From Motown to J Dilla to Eminem to anything. — Big Sean

Motown Quotes By Ellen Van Neerven

Driving home I switch on the radio and one of those old Motown voices comes on and reaches my heart. — Ellen Van Neerven

Motown Quotes By James Bay

Growing up in Hitchin was comfortable and easy enough. My parents had some great records - and some not-so-great ones - and that's where I got introduced to Motown and the Stones and Springsteen. — James Bay

Motown Quotes By Jon Landau

There were many stars in Motown's firmament - among them, Stevie, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves and Diana Ross - but I happen to have loved the Four Tops most of all. — Jon Landau

Motown Quotes By Tommy Chong

Well, I had an after hours club in Vancouver and when any of the Motown acts would call. — Tommy Chong

Motown Quotes By Brenda Holloway

Motown's policy was to build one act at a time or their favorites. — Brenda Holloway