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Moving From the 50’s to the 60’s (Continued)
In 1958 he formed the Tamla Label where they released “Money (That’s What I Want)” by Barrett Strong which he had written with Janie Bradford. The following year he secured a loan from his family and bought a house on West Grand Boulevard known as Hitsville U.S.A. He signed the Miracles (who were previously known as the Matadors), he opened the Jobete publishing company and formed the Motown Empire.
Over the years Motown signed legends like:-
The Supremes were the most prolific selling artists for Motown and they had several number one hits which included - I Hear A Symphony - Baby love – Come See About Me – Where Did Our Love Go. In 1966 they were the first female group to reach number one in the Billboard Magazine pop album charts with “A’ Go-Go”.
In Memphis Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton had set up Satellite Records.
By taking the first two letters from their Surnames Stewart and Axton
Among the hits of the sixties which they wrote were :-
· Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa - Gene Pitney
· Wives and Lovers - Jack Jones
· Anyone who had A Heart - Cilla Black
· Alfie - Cilla Black
· Make It Easy On Yourself - The Walker Brothers
· Always Something There To Remind Me - Sandie Shaw
· This Guy’s In Love With You - Herb Alpert
· Don’t Make Me Over - Swinging Blue Jeans
· I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself - Dusty Springfield
· Do You Know The Way To San Jose? - Dionne Warwick
These were just a few of the songs they wrote. Their contribution to sixties music was immense.