Our wildly popular annual program that talks about what no one talks about on Valentine's Day.
"I cry sometimes around the house when I hear (David Ruffin’s) voice. He was such a great artist and a great person who made a couple of wrong turns." – Dennis Edwards on David Ruffin. David and Dennis were close friends, and Dennis replaced David in the Temptations.
For those of you who have ever wondered if I actually ready the requests that come in for this program at all, this show should be of help: originally started as a request from Loretta W. of New York City, she wanted a program about "the other side of love", the kind that is not usually discussed on Valentine's Day. I loved the idea, wanted it for a Black History Month program and wanted the playlist to be comprised of classic Motown artists. Loretta was thrilled. It has become our second most-listened to program of the last three years.
Dennis Edwards in 1968 on the NBC television program "TCB". On this program, he performed with the other members of the Temptations and Diana Ross and the Supremes. Edwards died on the first of February, less than two weeks ago, and two days before what would have been his 75th birthday. Sadly, the police are investigating the possibility that he may have been abused by someone close to him in his final days. Photo courtesy of NBC/Getty.
Motown of course has since become synonymous with the 1960's and the societal advancements made by Blacks during that period. After its move to Los Angeles by 1972, the company became more focused on film work and the label was having fewer hits. The company almost went under in the mid-1980's, but was resuscitated by a massive renewed interest in their music vaults with TV shows like The Wonder Years and some incredibly hard working talent scouts. Current artists on the Motown label include chart-topping acts like Erykah Badu and Migos, the latter's new album is sitting at #1 on the Billboard 200 Top albums chart as I write this, continuing a very wonderful and rich legacy of Black music.
Our tracks this week: Title, Artist
1. Easy, The Commodores
2. When I'm Gone, Mary Wells
3. Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer, Stevie Wonder
4. I Can't Get Next To You, The Temptations
5. Jimmy Mack (alternate stereo mix), Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
6. Each Day Is A Lifetime, David Ruffin
7. Didn't You Know (You'd Have to Cry Sometime), Gladys Knight & The Pips
8. The Tears Of A Clown, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
9. Goodbye Cruel Love, Linda Griner
10. Money, Barrett Strong
11. I'll Keep Holding On, The Marvelettes
12. Give It To Me Baby, Rick James
13. Love Ain't No Toy, Yvonne Fair
14. Distant Lover [Live], Marvin Gaye
15. Are You Lonely for Me Baby, Chuck Jackson
16. Too Hurt To Cry, Too Much In Love To Say Goodbye, The Darnells
17. Reflections, Diana Ross & The Supremes
Love to you all.
Ben “Bear” Brown Jr., owner
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