Tracing greatness

To help mark the 50th anniversary of Motown Records, we've pulled together some of our best pieces ever about the house that Berry built, with pieces about the Funk Brothers, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Dennis Coffey, Renaldo "Obie" Benson, Maurice King, Howard Richard "Pistol" Allen, and more, including Motown's lyrics, how many of the songs have become standards, and how many of Detroit's best songs are Motown originals.

ABOUT: The Funk Brothers
Soul to soul

Detroit's Funk Brothers — the foundation of the Motown sound.
by Stewart Francke

ABOUT: The Motown Museum
'How sweet it is ...'

A visit to the Motown Museum still inspires awe and a connection to Detroit's musical pas.
by Cherri Buijk

ABOUT: Holland-Dozier-Holland
Behind the grooves

Holland-Dozier-Holland discuss some of their hits
by Ken Sharp

ABOUT: Dennis Coffey
Motor City Cribs

Way-out wah-wah man Dennis Coffey comes home
by Doug Coombe

ABOUT: Renaldo 'Obie' Benson
Top of the pops

Renaldo 'Obie' Benson had the world dancing, and then he shook it with 'What's Going On'
by Don Waller

ABOUT: Maurice King
His way always

Maurice King knew how to call the shots
by Jim Gallert with Lars Bjorn

ABOUT: Howard Richard "Pistol" Allen
Pistol grip

Well-wishers bid farewell to legendary Motown trapsman.
by W. Kim Heron

ABOUT: Motown lyrics
From Dreamgirls to city schools

by W. Kim Heron

ABOUT: How many Motown songs are among Detroit's best songs ever.
The 100 greatest Detroit songs ever!

Picking the top tracks of the Motor City
by Metro Times Staff

ABOUT: Motown's standards
Jazzing Motown and pop

How 'new standards' are changing the sound of jazz
by W. Kim Heron

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Since 1980, Metro Times has been Detroit’s premier alternative source for news, arts, culture, music, film, food, fashion and more from a liberal point of view.
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