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Divas of Motown at Hammersmith Apollo (2009)

Story by Jack Foley

DIVAS Of Motown will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Motown by way of a special night at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on November 13, 2009.

The line-up provides a unique opportunity for genuine Motown connoisseurs, as well as lovers of the legendary range of Motown sounds to satisfy their souls.

Mable John, the first female recording artist at Motown, makes her UK debut, and there’s a rare appearance from Motown’s first white artist, Chris Clark performing her signature Northern Soul Classics.

Legendary tambourine and vibes player Jack Ashford leads his Funk Brother’s Big Band (which includes The Fabulous Tambourine Man) and Motown’s first Grammy Award winner and the label’s biggest Disco Diva, Thelma Houston (pictured) aims to bring down the house with her hits, including the anthem Don’t Leave Me This Way.

Scherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence, formerly of The Supremes – Motown’s most successful female group – complete the line-up with Freddi Poole bringing their number to the magic three.

R’n‘B pioneer and accomplished songwriter Brenda Holloway – one of
Motown’s most distinguished performers – also performs.

No-one on the planet should miss this opportunity to see and hear the continuation of the “Motown Sound”, performed exquisitely and exclusively by the very best musicians in the business.

  1. Correction. Mable John debuted in the UK a few years back at The Barbican as part of concert series celebrating the Memphis soul music scene. She recorded for Stax of course as well as Motown

    J .Landau    Jul 27    #