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Hitsville USA--the birthplace of Detroit’s Motown Sound

Join Correspondent Tom Wilmer in DetroitMichigan 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 StreetsHow Sweet It IsWhat’s Goin’ On, and I Heard it Through the Grapevine, first rocked the charts back in the 1960s.

Shanel Adams, Social Media and Public Relations Coordinator at The Motown Museum, in downtown Detroit, Michigan takes us on a Motown-Sound journey of Discovery.

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.

Underwriting support for Journeys of Discovery provided by Nashville's Big Back Yard economic initiative focused on rural communities in the southwest quarter of Tennessee and the Shoals Region of Northern Alabama.

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.