Martha Reeves And The Vandellas
November 1, 2011 by staff
Martha Reeves And The Vandellas, In May 1959, Al Abrams, a Jewish boy 18 years old, Detroit became the first paid employee Motown Records – a company whose name he claims to have created landmark. After getting a Detroit disc jockey to play a record that Berry Gordy Jr. ‘s record company then fighting had occurred, “I was hired for a week and 15 and all I could eat chili,” Abrams writes in his book recently published hype & Sou! “I still think it was the luckiest kid in all of Detroit May 1959.”
Abrams spent the next six years managing public relations for Gordy of Motown legendary label that recorded doo-wop, rhythm and blues and rock ‘n roll superstar Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Diana Ross & The Supremes, the Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye, The Contours, Mary Wells, Billy Eckstine, and Martha Reeves & The Vandellas.
During his career with Motown, Abrams keeps all your correspondence, photographs, and diary. He compiled the footage in Sou & hype!
The book, published by TempleStreet, includes photos, letters, newspaper articles, concert programs, and a chronological record of the Motown sound, along with personal memories of Abrams. For example, Abrams writes that when he passed the contours in the hallway of the offices of Motown, they shouted, “Boundaries, do you love me?” They replied “No, because you can not dance!”
“This is a story that goes far beyond changing the world of music,” Abrams writes. “It is one in which the musical score of Motown became the soundtrack of the civil rights movement developed in the U.S., and therefore the two intertwined closely as black and white.”
Abrams, who now lives in Findlay, Ohio (130 miles from Cleveland), is donating a portion of book sales benefit the Al Abrams Emerging Artist Fund, which provides fellowships for emerging artists. & Drum Sou! is available on the Red Tornado in Findlay Gallery, which houses an exhibition of photographs of Abrams Motown entitled “Black and White Motown” on 30 November.
“Motown last forever in one record label in history, whose brand became a household name even in the Oxford Dictionary, lending his name to an entire genre of music,” says Abrams.
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