Detroit Today

Motown Pride: Soundtrack of A Changing America

Monday, October 13, 2014

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Laura speaks with WDET's own Jay Butler and Funk Brother Dennis Coffey about the impact of Detroit's musical legacy from 1965-1975.

This three-part series takes a look at Motown pride during the ‘60s and ‘70s. Many working musicians in Detroit provided the soundtrack for a changing America during that era. Laura had a chance to talk about what it was like with Coffey and Butler, who were in the thick of the musical revolution. Jay says once Motown had established a name for itself nationwide, Detroiters carried themselves differently.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Today, Laura continues Detroit Today's series about Motown pride during the ‘60s and ‘70s. The Motown sound affected, and was affected by the social and political landscape in the U.S. In this installment of our series, Dennis Coffey tells Laura that Motown artists worked hard to entertain audiences worldwide, and often found the best practice came at home in Detroit.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Today, we conclude our Motown Pride series with WDET's Jay Butler and Funk Brother Dennis Coffey. In this final installment, we go back to 1972, when Motown Records moved its headquarters from Detroit to Los Angeles. Dennis says Motown founder Berry Gordy had a clear vision for the business of music.