MOTOWN RECORDS, THE VOICE OF YOUNG BLACK AMERICA GETS A BRIGHT LIGHT OF YOUNG DANCE CRAZY ENGLAND TO WEAVE HIS MAGIC FOR THEM.
I moved to Tamla Motown Records in London in Jan 1989 due to a direct request from the Head of the American company Jheryl Busby (RIP) who called me at home and spun me a line saying that he had been speaking to the Temptations that day to tell them he was going to bring a new guy into the London office to head up the promotion there.
I had offers on the table from A&M and Virgin but there was only one place I was going - straight to No.1 Bedford Square.
I remixed a Temptations record that summer too. Stevie Wonder 41st Birthday concerts, breaking Public Enemy's - Fight The Power single with the Spike Lee movie Do The Right Thing, meeting Diana Ross for dinner, it was brilliant.
A special mention to Suzanne Jeoffroy who came with me from MCA Records and proved to become one of my very best talent spottings. Loyal and trusting.
Special mentions to Nicky Denaro, Lorna Hastings and Gordon Frewin also. Gordon's knowledge of the Motown releases by catalogue number and B-sides was incredible. Thank you to Timmy Regisford in New York for his total support and Adrian Sykes, a true friend, for letting me leave MCA without regret.
Whilst at Motown Sue and I were in charge of all the dance records on RCA, Arista in an A&R and promotional capacity plus the promotion of a new label called DeConstruction. We had hit after hit with Black Box, Lisa Stansfield, The Blow Monkeys, Aretha and Whitney, Jomanda, KC Flight, Public Enemy including two national No:1's. It was the summer of 89 and the country was going dance crazy in the fields of England - an amazing year.
Motown Records - the history, also known as Tamla-Motown outside of North
America, is a record label originally based in Detroit, Michigan.
Founded by Berry Gordy Jr. in 1958 as Tamla Records, the company was
incorporated on January 12, 1959 and changed it's name to Motown Record
Corporation in 1960 .
Motown played a role in the racial integration of popular music, as it was the first record label owned by an African American to primarily feature African-American artists who achieved crossover success. In the 1960s, Motown and its soul-based subsidiaries were the most successful proponents of what came to be known as "The Motown Sound", a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence.
Motown has owned or distributed releases from more than 45 subsidiaries in varying genres, although it is most famous for its releases in the music genres of Rhythm and blues, soul, hip hop and pop. Motown Records left Detroit for Los Angeles in 1972, and remained an independent company until 1988, when Gordy sold the company to MCA. Now headquartered in New York City, Motown Records is a subsidiary of The Universal Motown/Universal Republic Group, itself a subsidiary of Universal Music Group.