Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Born Charles Hatcher in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1942, Edwin Starr had a couple of hits for Motown, Twenty-Five Miles in 1969 and War which went to #1 in the summer of 1970. Edwin Starr died at his home in Bramcote, England, of a heart attack in 2003 at the age of 61.
Born Diana Earle in Detroit, Michigan, in 1944, Diana Ross was the lead singer of The Supremes from 1961-1969. She began a solo career in 1970 that included such hits as Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand, Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Remember Me, Touch Me in the Morning, Last Time I Saw Him, Theme From Mahogany, Love Hangover, Upside Down, It's My Turn, I'm Coming Out and Endless Love with Lionel Richie.
The Jackson 5, a quintet of brothers Michael, Tito, Jermaine, Jackie, and Marion Jackson, formed and was managed by their father in Gary, Indiana, in 1966. They signed with Motown in the late 60s. Their first 4 singles went to #1 on the Billboard chart. The Jackson 5 Motown hits include I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save, I'll Be There, Mama's Pearl, Never Can Say Goodbye, and Sugar Daddy.
The Commodores formed in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1970 and joined Motown in 1972. The group consisted of lead singer Lionel Richie, William King, Thomas McClary, Milan Williams, Ronald LaPread, and Walter "Clyde" Orange. The Commodores hits include Sweet Love, Just to Be Close to You, Easy, Brick House, Three Times a Lady, Sail On, Still, Lady (You Bring Me Up), and Oh No.
De Barge was a family group from Grand Rapids, Michigan, who had several hits in the mid 80s, including All This Love,Time Will Reveal, Rhythm of the Night, and Who's Holding Donna Now. The group featured brothers El DeBarge, Mark DeBarge, James DeBarge, Randy DeBarge, and their sister Bunny DeBarge.