City Slang: Motown Museum girl group exhibition

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The Motown Museum will unveil a new exhibit called “Girl Groups: The Grit, the Glamour, the Glory” on Thursday, January 31.

The exhibit will feature Supremes, the Vandellas, the Marvelettes, the Velvelettes, and the the Andantes.

“We are very proud to exhibit these recording artists and the contributions they have made to music, style, and popular culture,” says Museum Interim CEO Allen Rawls. “We also want to show how they achieved stardom through their persistence, drive, and talent.”

“We all know the music of the Supremes and Martha & the Vandellas, and many people are familiar with the Marvelettes and the Velvelettes,” says exhibit curator Lina Stephens. “But unless you are a Motown aficionado, you’ve probably never even heard of the Andantes. These girls were the vocal equivalent of Motown’s famed studio band, The Funk Brothers, singing background vocals for artists like The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Kim Weston and Stevie Wonder.”

“The Motown Museum hasn’t really focused on specific groups; it’s been more all-encompassing,” Stephens adds. “With this show, we have the opportunity to focus just on the girl groups and tell the largely unknown stories of how they got started.”

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