Tamla-Motown: The Singles

Graham is an avid collector of the Tamla-Motown singles that were released in the UK between 1965-1976. The rare ones, the charting ones and the ones everyone has heard. In fact, he has all of them! So, as a station we thought it would be interesting to play some of Tamla-Motown’s famous singles, and the not-so-famous ones in order of release and give a bit of a back story to them. You will be lucidly guided through the history of the iconic label and the changes that occurred over the years.

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Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 24)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 24)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 24 1973 - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas' career comes to and end, but Motown issue an old album track as a Martha Reeves solo single. Gladys Knight & The Pips leave Motown, the Supremes sing Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross stars in "Lady...

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 23)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 23)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 23 1972 and Gladys Knight & the Pips are about to jump ship to the Buddah label. In the meantime they notch up one of the biggest UK hits f their career with a cover of Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through The Night" - Stevie...

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 22)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 22)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 22 1972: Stevie Wonder works on "Music Of My Mind" and a Syreeta solo album, yet their marriage is just about over. Junior Walker & The All Stars get their first UK hit for two years, while the Supremes score their last ever UK Top...

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 21)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 21)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 21 We're now in 1972 and Diana Ross is taking a break from recording to film "Lady Sings The Blues" - Michael Jackson has a bigger with with "Rockin' Robin" than his debut single "Got To Be There" - in the meantime, the Jackson 5'...

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 20)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 20)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 20 1971 Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?" album is selling well. The Corporation, not only continue to write hits for the Jackson 5, but they come up with a charting single for "Martha Reeves & The Vandellas" and Tamla Motown continues...

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 19)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 19)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 19 1971 and Marvin Gaye releases his groundbreaking and legendary "What's Going On?" album - Diana Ross scores a surprise UK #1 with a little help from BBC Radio 1 DJ, Tony Blackburn, Motown continues to trawl through the back...

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 18)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 18)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 18 As 1970 becomes 1971, some Motown acts are planning to fly the nest. The Jackson 5's 5th single fails to make it a straight run of US #1's, Stevie gets a hit with a cover of a Beatles track, the Elgins re-form after a surprise hit...

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 17)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 17)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 17 It's 1970 and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles score an unexpected #1 on both sides of the Atlantic with a track from 1965, the Jackson 5 keep notching up the American #1's and Diana Ross releases a track that would become one of her...

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 16)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 16)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 16 Spring 1970 and Motown is still celebrating its 10th anniversary. The Supremes release their first single without Diana Ross, while Diana has to wait a while for her solo career to get off the ground. Marvin Gaye pens a hit for The...

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 15)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 15)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 15 As 1969 moves into 1970, Marvin Gaye is experiencing personal issues, Diana Ross & The Supremes release their last single before Diana flies the nest and goes solo, The Temptations release the first Tamla Motown single of the 70's...

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 3)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 3)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 3 Autumn 1965 and Motown signs up established artists Billy Ekstine, Dorsey Burnette and crooner Tony Martin, in an attempt to widen Motown's appeal.

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 2)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 2)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 2 Tamla Motown starts churning out the hits (and flops)from a variety of artists, including The Four Tops, Brenda Holloway, The Marvelettes and new signing, Jimmy Ruffin.

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 1)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 1)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 1 1965 and Tamla Motown is launched in the UK, bringing together releases from various Motown labels. The very first single is TMG501, Stop! In The Name Of Love by The Supremes.

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 14)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 14)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 14 We're in Autumn 1969 and Tamla Motown is still raiding the vaults for tracks to re-issue. In the meantime, the Temptations go psychadelic and Stevie sings in Italian.

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 13)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 13)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 13 We're in mid-1969 and Tamla Motown is pumping out the re-issues in response to the growing Northern Soul scene. Old tracks are charting alongside newer material.

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 12)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 12)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 12 The end of 1968, start of 1969 sees Motown trying to keep up with the times. Diana Ross & The Supremes make the socially-themed "Love Child" and "I'm Livin' In Shame" - Holland-Dozier-Holland have left Motown, leaving other song...

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 11)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 11)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 11 Summer/Autumn 1968 More civil and racial tensions. Motown, however keeps pumping out the hits. Marvin & Tammi ridin' high, despite Tammi's worsening illness. David Ruffin throws his dummy out of the cot and HDH are locked in legal...

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 10)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 10)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 8 Spring 1968 and America is in the grip of civil unrest. The Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. causes even more civil and racial tensions. Motown, however keeps pumping out the hits.

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 9)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 9)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 8 We approach the end of one of Motown's most troublesome years, 1967, where Diana Ross & Smokey Robinson get top billing, Tammi Terrell collapses during a concert and Detroit is best with civil and racial unrest. Roll on 1968!

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 6)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 6)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 6 We are deep into 1966 and Motown is starting to notch up the hits, including its 2nd UK number one. Meanwhile the Supremes are busy touring East Asia and Florence Ballard is losing the plot.

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 5)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 5)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 5 We are deep into 1966 and Motown is starting to notch up the hits, including its 2nd UK number one. Meanwhile the Supremes are busy touring East Asia and Florence Ballard is losing the plot.

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 4)

Tamla Motown: The Singles (Episode 4)

TAMLA MOTOWN: THE SINGLES EPISODE 4 1966 and Diana Ross starts to assert herself and Florence Ballard strats to become unreliable. Marin Gaye is paired with new signing, Kim Weston on "It Takes Two".

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