The Craig Fahle Show

Motown Legends Dr. Ed Wolfrum and Paul Riser

Tuesday July 3, 2012

In anticipation of WDET's Fourth of July "Strings Attached" special, which explores the orchestration behind many famous vocal performances by black balladeers, Craig speaks with two key components of Motown: Dr. Ed Wolfrum and Paul Riser.

Dr. Wolfrum was an audio engineer for many Motown hits and invented the "Direct Box," which allowed guitar and bass lines to be recorded directly without the traditional amp and microphone, and helped give Motown its distinctive sound. Paul Riser was a trombonist and sound arranger for Motown and is credited with arranging hits like "My Girl" by The Temptations, "Tears of a Clown" by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles and "My Cherie Amour" by Stevie Wonder among others.

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