Some of Motown Record’s most important players swapped stories Friday, Day 3 of Detroit Homecoming at The Cube, keeping the legacy of Detroit’s most iconic music label alive 60 years after it was founded.
Singers Martha Reeves of Martha and the Vandellas and Norma Fairhurst of the Velvelettes joined session guitarist Dennis Coffey, sound engineer Edward Wolfrum and arranger Paul Riser for an interview with WDET host Ann Delisi on the final day of Detroit Homecoming.
Reeves recounted drawing inspiration from the cobblestone pavement on Riopelle near where she grew up as inspiration for her 1964 version of “Dancing in the Street.” Dennis Coffey remembered how in the early days of recording, he had to play a song per hour with no mistakes or the tape would be ruined. One of Wolfrum’s most memorable experiences was helping record Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” album behind Motown founder Berry Gordy’s back.
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