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R. Dean Taylor - The Canadian who stepped out of the shadows of Motown

He was an unlikely pop star of the post-Woodstock era. Clean-shaven and pipe-smoking, with short, clipped hair and a preference for cardigans and safari jackets, he looked more advertising executive than hip musician. But Canada’s R. Dean Taylor was always determined to make it in the entertainment world. Venturing to Detroit in the early 1960s, he landed himself a job at Motown and became an anomaly – a white songwriter at a black rhythm-and-blues record label. Like many session singers and musicians, it seemed Mr. Taylor was forever destined to be just another background player, standing in the shadows of Motown. That changed when his song “Indiana Wants Me” catapulted him to stardom. Afte...

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Music Review: Diana Ross & the Supremes - Icon

It’s no wonder the Supremes inspired Dreamgirls. Theirs is a classic rags-to-riches story: rising from the poverty of Detroit housing projects to become the top female group of the 1960s—even rivaling even the Beatles in popularity. Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard (later replaced by Cindy Birdsong) scored a remarkable 12 number one hits and every single one of them is included here, from “Baby Love” and “Stop! In the Name of Love” to “You Can’t Hurry Love” and the socially conscious “Love Child.”

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Music Review: Diana Ross & the Supremes - 50th Anniversary Singles Collection

The Supremes were the epitome of beauty and class and favorites of the Beatles, with whom they ruled the pop charts in the 1960s. This 3-CD set celebrates the legendary girl groups’ legacy, from their 1961 debut single “I Want a Guy” to their decade-ending smash “Someday We’ll Be Together.” Packaged with photos of their colorful costumes and fabulous hairdos, the collection features all of the group’s many hits, from “Where Did Our Love Go” to “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,” their duet with the Temptations.

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