Join Correspondent Tom Wilmer in Detroit, Michigan at Hitsville U.S.A the birthplace of Motown Records. The Motown Sound has been described as a marriage of saintly and secular music, melding the syncopation and improvisation of the jazz be-bop movement.
From the Four Tops to Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, and Stevie Wonder--the music created in Barry Gordy’s Motown Records “Studio A” transformed the world of music in America forever.
The Motown Sound remains just as much a part of America’s cultural fabric today as it was when hits like Dancin’ In The Streets, How Sweet It Is, What’s Goin’ On, and I Heard it Through the Grapevine, first rocked the charts back in the 1960s.
This show was originally broadcast June 22, 2016 and is reshared as a Best-of-the Best travel show in celebration of Journeys of Discovery's 32nd anniversary producing on air travel features for NPR affiliate KCBX and digital media podcasts featured on NPR One since 2015.
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