Item description for Motown From The Background by Vickie Wright...
Estimates of the number of records The Andantes appear on vary wildly, up to and including twenty thousand. Their sweet, pure and powerful voices were every bit as much a part of the Motown phenomenon as the fantastic Funk Brothers, the ace arrangers and the peerless producers. Louvain Demps, Marlene Barrow and Jackie Hicks added their voices, and their own vocal arrangements, to classics by the Four Tops, Jimmy Ruffin, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and all the company's uniquely successful roster of male stars. Perhaps more surprisingly, they also contributed more than they have ever been given credit for to records, not only by solo female perfomers such as Kim Weston and Brenda Holloway, but by Motown's legendary girl groups. The time for keeping their contribution a secret is over. These great ladies need to be recognised for their momentous contribution to musical history, and Bank House is proud and delighted to play a part in making that possible. Author Vickie Wright, fresh from telling the true story of tragic Motown songstress Tammi Terrell in collaboration with her sister, Ludie Montgomery, has done another first-rate job in coaxing the stories, the memories, the emotions and the truth from The Andantes themselves. Now it can be told. This is Motown from the Background.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.13" Width: 5.91" Height: 0.71" Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Release Date Oct 25, 2007
Publisher Bank House Books
ISBN 190440829X ISBN13 9781904408291
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Reviews - What do customers think about Motown From The Background?
Great Singers Do Not A Great Biography Ensure Mar 10, 2008
Poorly edited, disjointed story of some of Motown's greatest session singers. I was disappointed by the way the book is laid out. It is very similar to three essays compiled into one volume. The story doesn't flow and there is an essay from a friend injected into the middle of the book. His essay includes incorrect information to boot! The author's book collaboration with Ludie Montgomery regarding her sister Tammi Terrell was a better read and a better book. I had to force myself to finish it.
Motown's Cream of The Crop Feb 21, 2008
Louvain, Marlene and Jackie are the true sound of Motown! These ladies are royalty and have finally gotten their due. I enjoyed this story of three of the greatest voices in music history. Not only is this a wonderful book, but a journey of love and dedication. I had the privilege of speaking with Louvain Demps over the phone back in July of 2007. I will never forget her kind words and beautiful spirit. I learned alot in our almost 20 minute conversation about being true to oneself and loving people that we may never meet in this lifetime. The last thing that Louvain said to me was to remember her when I hear Four Tops' "Reach Out, I'll Be There". I do and I will always. Thank you Vickie, for this would not have been possible without you. Buy this book and learn some amazing lessons about life and the music business. God bless you beautiful ladies and much love Louvain.
Motown - From the Background Dec 18, 2007
I loved it. Marlene and Jackie - You go girls.
I have known those 2 most of my life (my sister Mildred is mentioned/pictured in the book). I really am glad that they are getting their just-dues. It was an easy read and I could Identify with most of the people mentioned.
Part of what I am today is due in part to what I learned in Detroit in the 50's and 60's and my association with the "original" Andantes.
For anyone who is a fan of Motown this is a MUST READ.