I Don't Want to Cry!
I Don't Want to Cry! is Chuck Jackson's debut studio album, released in 1961. This album is devoted to songs about crying. Jackson co-wrote the title track, which became a Top 5 R&B hit; the album's design and photography was by Jules Maidoff. "I Don't Want to Cry" "Tears on My Pillow" "My Willow Tree" "In Between Tears" "Tear of the Year" "I Cried for You" "Lonely Teardrops" "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" "Salty Tears" "I Wake Up Crying" "A Tear" "A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry" I Don't Want to Cry! on Discogs
José Monserrate Feliciano García, better known as José Feliciano, is a Puerto Rican musician and composer, best known for many international hits, including his rendition of The Doors' Light My Fire and the best-selling Christmas single, Feliz Navidad. His music is known for its fusion of styles: Latin, blues and rock, created with his unique, signature acoustic guitar sound, his oftentimes mellow easy listening influences are recognizable in many songs heard around the world. In the United States, he first received widespread popularity in the 1960s after his 1968 album Feliciano! reached number two on the music charts. Thus far, he has released over fifty albums, worldwide, in both Spanish. Feliciano was born in Lares, Puerto Rico, on September 10, 1945; the fourth child of eleven sons, Jose was born blind as a result of congenital glaucoma. He was first exposed to music at the age of 3, playing on a tin cracker can while accompanying his uncle who played the cuatro; when Feliciano was 5, his family moved to Spanish Harlem, New York City, where at the age of 9 he made his first public appearance at the Teatro Puerto Rico in The Bronx.
Feliciano's knack for music became apparent. About two years however, when Jose was nine years old, his father handed him a paper bag -- with his first guitar, changing his life forever, he would play this instrument by himself in his room for up to 14 hours a day, would learn by listening to 1950s rock and roll, records of classical guitarists and jazz players. Andrés Segovia and Wes Montgomery were among his favorites; as a teenager, Feliciano took some classical guitar lessons with Harold Morris, a staff music teacher at The Light House School for the Blind in New York City. Morris, had once been a student of Andres Segovia. In a 1969 interview, Feliciano mentioned soul music in general, Ray Charles and Sam Cooke in particular, as influences on his singing. At 17, in order to help support his family, Jose quit high school, he started frequenting the coffee houses of Greenwich Village,'passing the hat' as his'salary' in those clubs where he was invited to play. His first professional, contracted performance was at The Retort, a coffee house in Detroit, Michigan.
In 1963, while gaining recognition in pubs, coffee houses and clubs throughout the U. S. and Canada in Greenwich Village, New York, Vancouver, British Columbia, he was unexpectedly discovered while performing at Gerde's Folk City in the Village and signed by Jack Somer, an executive at RCA Victor. In 1964, he released his first single, Everybody Do the Click and was invited to the 1964 Newport Folk Festival. In 1965 and 1966, he released his first albums: The Voice and Guitar of Jose Feliciano and A Bag Full of Soul, two folk-pop-soul albums that showcased his talent on radios across the US, where in July of 1963 he had been described by New York Times columnist, Robert Shelton as a "10-fingered wizard". In 1966, Jose visited Mar del Plata, Argentina, to perform at the'Festival de Mar del Plata'. There, he so impressed the RCA Victor executives, that they wanted him to stay and record an album for them in Spanish, they were unsure how they wanted to record Feliciano so Jose suggested he record some of the bolero music of his parents where Jose added his blues and folk influences from his experiences while playing in the Village.
The result was two smash hits with the singles Poquita Fe, Usted. This was the beginning of a series of successful singles and gold records throughout Latin America and Hispanic communities in the United States where Feliciano revolutionized the sound of the bolero; some of his most beloved interpretations include La Copa Rota, La Carcel de Sing Sing, Extraños en la Noche which charted concurrently as the Spanish version of Frank Sinatra's Stranger in the night. A year Feliciano was scheduled to perform in the United Kingdom but the authorities would not allow his guide dog, into the country unless she was quarantined for six months; the stringent quarantine measures of those days were intended to prevent the spread of rabies. Devastated by their actions, Feliciano wrote a song about his experience entitled No Dogs Allowed, which told the story of This first visit to London. During his British visit on July 16, 1967, Feliciano gave a live performance on the pirate radio stations Radio 227 and Radio 355, on board the'MV Laissez Faire' off the British coast less than a month before the stations were due to be closed by the UK's Marine Broadcasting Offences Act.
He guested on a popular British television show with Dusty Springfield and recorded a rare single for RCA in England called My Foolish Heart / Only Once, played on London radio. Earlier, on June 4, 1967, in London's Speakeasy Club, Jimi Hendrix came to the stage and complimented Feliciano on his extraordinary guitar work. After two more successful albums, now a household name throughout Latin America, moved to Los Angeles, he was introduced to RCA Victor producer, Rick Jarrard who, at the time, was producing Harry Nilsson and Jefferson Airplane. They recorded the hit album Feliciano! together, including the Doors' song Light My Fire. Jose's style was defining itself by that time as that of an innovative crossover artist with soul and rock influences, infused with a substantial Latin flair. RCA released California Dreamin' as the first single during the summer of 1968 with Light My Fire as the "B-side." A DJ behind the mic
Chuck Jackson is an American R&B singer, one of the first artists to record material by Burt Bacharach and Hal David successfully. He has performed with moderate success since 1961, his hits include "I Don't Want to Cry," "Any Day Now," "I Keep Forgettin'", "All Over the World". He was born in Latta, South Carolina, raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Between 1957 and 1959, he was a member of The Del-Vikings, singing lead on the 1957 release "Willette." After leaving them, he was "discovered" by Luther Dixon when he opened for Jackie Wilson at the Apollo Theater. He signed a recording contract with Scepter Records subsidiary Wand Records. "I Don't Want to Cry," his first single, which he co-wrote and recorded in November 1960, was his first hit. The song charted on both the pop charts. In 1962, Jackson's recording of the Burt Bacharach-Bob Hilliard song "Any Day Now" became a huge hit and his signature song, his popularity in the 1960s prompted him to buy the time on his contract from Scepter and move to Motown Records.
There he recorded a number of successful singles, including "Honey Come Back." He recorded for All Platinum and other labels, but with minimal success. After meeting producer/composer Charles Wallert at the Third Annual Beach Music Awards, the two collaborated to record "How Long Have You Been Loving Me" on Carolina Records. In 1998, Jackson teamed with longtime friend Dionne Warwick to record "If I Let Myself Go", arranged as a duet by Wallert for Wave Entertainment; the recording received critical acclaim and charted at number 19 on the Gavin Adult Contemporary Charts. Jackson followed with "What Goes Around, Comes Around", another Wallert production and composition, reached number 13 on the Gavin Charts. Several of Jackson's songs became hits for other artists, including Ronnie Milsap, whose 1982 cover version of "Any Day Now" reached #1 on the Country and Adult Contemporary charts, Michael McDonald, who covered "I Keep Forgettin'" with much success. "I Keep Forgettin'" was covered by David Bowie in his album Tonight, a version produced by Phil Spector for the Checkmates, Ltd..
Jackson was close friends with political strategist Lee Atwater. He appears in the documentary Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story. Australian pop-rock band Big Pig recorded a cover to "I Can't Break Away" titled "Breakaway", used as the opening theme to the 1989 film Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure; the song was covered in 2007 by house music singer Inaya Day. On 4 October 2015, Chuck Jackson was inducted into the Official Blues Music Hall of Fame, his song "Hand it over" was featured on the 2019 Video Game Far Cry New Dawn Albums 1962: I Don't Want to Cry! 1962: Any Day Now 1963: Encore! 1964: Chuck Jackson on Tour 1965: Mr. Everything 1965: Saying Something, with Maxine Brown 1966: A Tribute to Rhythm and Blues 1966: A Tribute to Rhythm and Blues, Volume 2 1966: Dedicated to the King 1967: Greatest Hits 1967: Hold On, We're Coming, with Maxine Brown 1967: The Early Show, with Tammi Terrell 1968: Chuck Jackson Arrives 1969: Goin' Back to Chuck Jackson 1970: Teardrops Keep Falling on My Heart 1974: Through All Times 1975: Needing You, Wanting You 1977: The Great Chuck Jackson 1980: After You 1980: I Wanna Give You Some Love 1994: Chuck Jackson 1994: Encore/Mr.
Everything 1998: Smooth, Smooth Jackson 2005: I'll Take Care of You, with Cissy Houston, re-issue of the 1992 albumSingles on Tamla Motown TMG651 "Girls Girls Girls" / " The Man in You" - 7" TMG729 "Honey Come Back" / "What Am I Gonna Do Without You" - 7" 1992: Rhythm and Blues Foundation, Pioneer Award 2009: Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame, Joe Pope Pioneer Award Chuck Jackson - official website Chuck Jackson speaks about Lee Atwater in Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story Chuck Jackson -Pittsburgh Music History
A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has varying roles during the recording process, they may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements. A producer may also: Select session musicians to play rhythm section accompaniment parts or solos Co-write Propose changes to the song arrangements Coach the singers and musicians in the studioThe producer supervises the entire process from preproduction, through to the sound recording and mixing stages, and, in some cases, all the way to the audio mastering stage; the producer may perform these roles themselves, or help select the engineer, provide suggestions to the engineer. The producer may pay session musicians and engineers and ensure that the entire project is completed within the record label's budget.
A record producer or music producer has a broad role in overseeing and managing the recording and production of a band or performer's music. A producer has many roles that may include, but are not limited to, gathering ideas for the project, composing the music for the project, selecting songs or session musicians, proposing changes to the song arrangements, coaching the artist and musicians in the studio, controlling the recording sessions, supervising the entire process through audio mixing and, in some cases, to the audio mastering stage. Producers often take on a wider entrepreneurial role, with responsibility for the budget, schedules and negotiations. Writer Chris Deville explains it, "Sometimes a producer functions like a creative consultant — someone who helps a band achieve a certain aesthetic, or who comes up with the perfect violin part to complement the vocal melody, or who insists that a chorus should be a bridge. Other times a producer will build a complete piece of music from the ground up and present the finished product to a vocalist, like Metro Boomin supplying Future with readymade beats or Jack Antonoff letting Taylor Swift add lyrics and melody to an otherwise-finished “Out Of The Woods.”The artist of an album may not be a record producer or music producer for his/her album.
While both contribute creatively, the official credit of "record producer" may depend on the record contract. Christina Aguilera, for example, did not receive record producer credits until many albums into her career. In the 2010s, the producer role is sometimes divided among up to three different individuals: executive producer, vocal producer and music producer. An executive producer oversees project finances, a vocal producers oversees the vocal production, a music producer oversees the creative process of recording and mixings; the music producer is often a competent arranger, musician or songwriter who can bring fresh ideas to a project. As well as making any songwriting and arrangement adjustments, the producer selects and/or collaborates with the mixing engineer, who takes the raw recorded tracks and edits and modifies them with hardware and software tools to create a stereo or surround sound "mix" of all the individual voices sounds and instruments, in turn given further adjustment by a mastering engineer for the various distribution media.
The producer oversees the recording engineer who concentrates on the technical aspects of recording. Noted producer Phil Ek described his role as "the person who creatively guides or directs the process of making a record", like a director would a movie. Indeed, in Bollywood music, the designation is music director; the music producer's job is to create and mold a piece of music. The scope of responsibility may be one or two songs or an artist's entire album – in which case the producer will develop an overall vision for the album and how the various songs may interrelate. At the beginning of record industry, the producer role was technically limited to record, in one shot, artists performing live; the immediate predecessors to record producers were the artists and repertoire executives of the late 1920s and 1930s who oversaw the "pop" product and led session orchestras. That was the case of Ben Selvin at Columbia Records, Nathaniel Shilkret at Victor Records and Bob Haring at Brunswick Records.
By the end of the 1930s, the first professional recording studios not owned by the major companies were established separating the roles of A&R man and producer, although it wouldn't be until the late 1940s when the term "producer" became used in the industry. The role of producers changed progressively over the 1960s due to technology; the development of multitrack recording caused a major change in the recording process. Before multitracking, all the elements of a song had to be performed simultaneously. All of these singers and musicians had to be assembled in a large studio where the performance was recorded. With multitrack recording, the "bed tracks" (rhythm section accompaniment parts such as the bassline and rhythm guitar could be recorded first, the vocals and solos could be added using as many "takes" as necessary, it was no longer necessary to get all the players in the studio at the same time. A pop band could record their backing tracks one week, a horn section could be brought in a week to add horn shots and punches, a string section could be brought in a week after that.
Multitrack recording had another pro
Duets is a 2000 American road trip film co-produced and directed by Bruce Paltrow and written by John Byrum. The motion picture features an ensemble cast co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Giamatti, Maria Bello, Scott Speedman, Andre Braugher, Huey Lewis and Angie Dickinson, among others; the movie "revolves around the little known world of karaoke competitions and the wayward characters who inhabit it." The story revolves around unrelated pairs of people who spend time in karaoke bars across the United States in the week leading up to a big contest in Omaha. Ricky Dean is a hustler on the karaoke circuit, he travels from town to town feigning ambivalence of karaoke winning both the contests and side bets with locals. He travels to Las Vegas for the funeral of an ex-girlfriend. Seeking a father figure after the death of her mother, Liv joins him against his wishes on the road, both singing solos at karaoke bars, they are involved in a bar fight. Depressed California salesman Todd Woods is so exhausted from business travel that he doesn't know what city he's in.
Bored, he walks out on his old life, driving aimlessly. He wanders into a karaoke bar in New Mexico, where a fellow participant offers beta blockers to help him overcome his anxiety and stage fright. Todd gets hooked on the drugs. In Utah, he picks up hitchhiker Reggie Kane, a charismatic but violent fugitive convict, who has robbed at gunpoint a truck driver who gave him a lift; the two form an unlikely friendship after Reggie reveals a beautiful singing voice during a duet at another karaoke bar. Todd's mental health deteriorates further. Reggie arranges for Candy to meet them in Omaha, but an emotionless Todd rejects her, insisting he is finished with his former life. Cincinnati-based underachieving cab driver and onetime aspiring priest Billy goes on a drinking binge after catching his partner cheating on him, he meets a broke drifter who gets by on karaoke contest prizes and sexual favors. Neither respects the other's lifestyle, but Billy nonetheless agrees to drive her to California, stopping at karaoke bars for Suzi to compete along the way.
All three pairs end up at the Omaha contest, each having won the right to compete there for $5,000 by virtue of winning in a smaller town. Accepting his daughter, Ricky invites her to perform a duet of her mother's favourite song, "Cruisin'". Billy discovers that Suzi's confidence is fake when he finds her in the ladies' room, vomiting from stage fright, but he convinces her to compete. Reggie sees, he performs an a cappella version of "Free Bird" before pulling a gun on stage, prompting police to shoot him. After the contest and Suzi continue on their way to California. Billy invites Liv and Ricky to join them, they resolve to take a slight detour to another karaoke contest in Nevada. Todd and Candy contemplate reconciliation; this was the only time Gwyneth Paltrow and her producer/director father Bruce Paltrow worked together on a film project, it was Bruce Paltrow's last production before his death. Brad Pitt was first cast in Speedman's role, after he and Gwyneth Paltrow announced the end of their off-camera romance, Pitt decided not to take the role.
The film locations include Nevada. Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film a thumbs down on his television program, wrote on his newspaper review, "Duets has little islands of humor and perfection, floating in a sea of missed marks and murky intentions." Kenneth Turan, film critic for the Los Angeles Times, described the film as "six characters in search of a movie. Any movie will do..."Critic Bob Graham, writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, liked the spirit of the film and the acting, he wrote, "Cut'Duets' some slack. This is an appealing, moving, ensemble comedy/drama about ordinary folks whose one chance at anything resembling stardom is a karaoke contest... The fable style is a fragile one; the Ally McBeal test applies here. Fans of that show are to give themselves over to Duets, too."Variety critic Todd McCarthy singled out Giamatti's work and character, writing, "Giamatti gets the lion's share of Byrum's good lines and if the film is to go over with auds, it will be due to this character and performance, which reps one of the funniest sustained rants against the lowest common denominator in American culture, seen in ages."Overall, many critics echoed Stephanie Zacharek's review in Salon.com.
She wrote, "Its three interlocking stories don't find the right rhythmic balance, some of the dialogue is stiff and mannered." Zacharek did praise the film's message. She added, "In that respect, the way Duets treats. There are brief moments when it reminds us that plenty of people enjoy karaoke at the expense of their audience (during one scene an Asian businessman warbles tunelessly in the background
Jack Leroy Wilson Jr. was an African American soul singer and performer. A tenor with a four-octave range, Wilson was a prominent figure in the transition of rhythm and blues into soul. Wilson was considered a master showman, gaining the nickname "Mr. Excitement", one of the most dynamic singers and performers in pop, R&B, rock & roll history. Wilson gained initial fame as a member of His Dominoes, he went solo in 1957 and scored over 50 chart singles spanning the genres of R&B, soul, doo-wop and easy listening, including 16 R&B Top 10 hits, in which six R&B of the repertoire ranked as number ones. On the Billboard Hot 100, Wilson scored 14 top 20 pop hits, six of which reached the top 10. Jackie Wilson was one of the most influential musical artists of his generation. A two-time Grammy Hall of Fame Inductee, winner of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's special Legacy Tribute Award in 2003, Jackie Wilson was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Jackie Wilson #69 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
In 2013, Jackie Wilson was inducted into the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame. Jack Leroy Wilson Jr. was born on June 9, 1934, in Detroit, Michigan, as the third and only surviving child of singer-songwriter Jack Leroy Wilson, Sr. and Eliza Mae Wilson. Eliza Mae was born on the Billups-Whitfield Place in Mississippi. Eliza Mae's parents were Virginia Ransom. Wilson visited his family in Columbus and was influenced by the choir at Billups Chapel. Growing up in the suburban Detroit enclave of Highland Park, Wilson joined a gang called the Shakers and got himself in trouble. Wilson's alcoholic father was absent and unemployed, his parents separated shortly after Jackie's ninth birthday. Jackie Wilson began singing as a youth, accompanying an excellent church choir singer. In his early teens he joined a quartet, the Ever Ready Gospel Singers, who gained popularity in local churches. Wilson was not religious, but he enjoyed singing in public; the money the quartet earned from performing was spent on alcohol, Wilson began drinking at an early age.
Wilson dropped out of high school at age 15, having been sentenced to detention in the Lansing Corrections system for juveniles twice. During his second stint in detention, Wilson learned to box and began competing in the Detroit amateur circuit at age 16. Wilson's record in the Golden Gloves was 2 and 8. After his mother forced Jackie to quit boxing, Wilson was forced by his father to marry Freda Hood, he became a father at age 17, it is estimated. He began working at Lee's Sensation Club as a solo singer formed a group called the Falcons that included cousin Levi Stubbs, who led the Four Tops; the other Falcons joined Hank Ballard as part of the Midnighters, including Alonzo Tucker and Billy Davis, who worked with Wilson several years as a solo artist. Tucker and Wilson collaborated as songwriters on a few songs Wilson recorded, including his 1963 hit "Baby Workout". Jackie Wilson was discovered by talent agent Johnny Otis, who recruited him for a group called the Thrillers; that group evolved into the Royals.
Wilson signed on with manager Al Green. Green, who managed LaVern Baker, Little Willie John, Johnnie Ray and Della Reese, owned two music publishing companies, Pearl Music and Merrimac Music, Detroit's Flame Show Bar, where Wilson met Baker. After Wilson recorded his first version of "Danny Boy" and a few other tracks on Dizzy Gillespie's record label Dee Gee Records under the name Sonny Wilson, Wilson was hired by Billy Ward in 1953 to join a group Ward formed in 1950 called the Dominoes, after Wilson's successful audition to replace the immensely popular Clyde McPhatter, who left the Dominoes and formed the Drifters. Wilson blew his chance that day, showing up calling himself "Shit" Wilson and bragging about being a better singer than McPhatter. Billy Ward felt. Before leaving the Dominoes, McPhatter coached Wilson on the sound Billy Ward wanted for his group, influencing Wilson's singing style and stage presence. "I learned a lot from Clyde, that high-pitched choke he used and other things...
Clyde McPhatter was my man. Clyde and Billy Ward." 1940s Blues singer Roy Brown was a major influence on him, Wilson grew up listening to the Mills Brothers, the Ink Spots, Louis Jordan and Al Jolson. Wilson was the group's lead singer for three years, but the Dominoes lost some of their stride with the departure of McPhatter, they made appearances riding on the strength of the group's earlier hits, until 1956 when the Dominoes recorded Wilson with an unlikely interpretation of the pop hit "St. Therese of the Roses", giving the Dominoes another brief moment in the spotlight. In 1957 Jackie Wilson began a solo career, left the Dominoes, collaborated with his cousin Levi, secured performances at Detroit's Flame Show Bar. Al Green secured a deal with Decca Records, Wilson was signed to its subsidiary label Brunswick. Shortly after Jackie Wilson signed a solo contract with Brunswick
Motown Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group. It was founded by Berry Gordy Jr. as Tamla Records on January 12, 1959, was incorporated as Motown Record Corporation on April 14, 1960. Its name, a portmanteau of motor and town, has become a nickname for Detroit, where the label was headquartered. Motown played an important role in the racial integration of popular music as an African American–owned label that achieved significant crossover success. In the 1960s, Motown and its subsidiary labels 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 was the most successful record label of soul music, with a net worth totaling $61 million. During the 1960s, Motown achieved spectacular success for a small label: 79 records in the top-ten of the Billboard Hot 100 between 1960 and 1969. Following the events of the Detroit Riots of 1967 and the loss of key songwriting/production team Holland-Dozier-Holland the same year over pay disputes, Gordy began relocating Motown to Los Angeles, California.
The move was completed in 1972, Motown expanded into film and television production, remaining an independent company until 1994, when it was sold to PolyGram before being sold again to MCA Records' successor Universal Music Group when it acquired PolyGram in 1999. Motown spent much of the 2000s headquartered in New York City as a part of the UMG subsidiaries Universal Motown and Universal Motown Republic Group. From 2011 to 2014, it was a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group division of Universal Music. In 2014, however, UMG announced the dissolution of Island Def Jam, Motown relocated back to Los Angeles to operate under the Capitol Music Group, now operating out of the landmark Capitol Tower. In 2018, Motown was inducted into Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame class at the Charles H. Wright Museum, Motown legend Martha Reeves received the award for the label. Berry Gordy got his start as a songwriter for local Detroit acts such as Jackie Wilson and the Matadors. Wilson's single "Lonely Teardrops", written by Gordy, became a huge success, but Gordy did not feel he made as much money as he deserved from this and other singles he wrote for Wilson.
He realized that the more lucrative end of the business was in producing records and owning the publishing. In 1959, Billy Davis and Berry Gordy's sisters Gwen and Anna started Anna Records. Davis and Gwen Gordy wanted Berry to be the company president, but Berry wanted to strike out on his own. On January 12, 1959, he started Tamla Records, with an $800 loan from his family and royalties earned writing for Jackie Wilson. Gordy wanted to name the label Tammy Records, after the hit song popularized by Debbie Reynolds from the 1957 film Tammy and the Bachelor, in which Reynolds starred; when he found the name was in use, Berry decided on Tamla instead. Tamla's first release, in the Detroit area, was Marv Johnson's "Come to Me" in 1959, its first hit was Barrett Strong's "Money". Gordy's first signed act was the Matadors, who changed their name to the Miracles in order to avoid confusion with the Matadors who recorded for Sue, their first release, "Got a Job", was an answer record to the Silhouettes' "Get a Job".
The Miracles' first, minor hit was their fourth single, 1959's "Bad Girl", released in Detroit as the debut record on the Motown imprint, nationally on the Chess label. Miracles lead. Several of Gordy's family members, including his father Berry Sr. brothers Robert and George, sister Esther, were given key roles in the company. By the middle of the decade and Anna Gordy had joined the label in administrative positions as well. Gordy's partner at the time, Raynoma Liles played a key role in the early days of Motown, leading the company's first session group, The Rayber Voices, overseeing the label's publishing arm, Jobete. In 1959, Gordy purchased the property that would become Motown's Hitsville U. S. A. studio. The photography studio located in the back of the property was modified into a small recording studio, the Gordys moved into the second-floor living quarters. Within seven years, Motown would occupy seven additional neighboring houses: Hitsville U. S. A. 1959 – administrative office, tape library, control room, Studio A.
Early Tamla/Motown artists included Eddie Holland and Mary Wells. "Shop Around", the Miracles