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R.I.P. Raynoma Gordy Singleton

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Raynoma Gordy Singleton, who was the second wife of Berry Gordy and a Motown contributor, passed November 11th of brain cancer. Ms. Singleton married Berry Gordy in 1960 after giving birth to their son Kerry in 1959. She originally auditioned for Gordy with her sister as a singer but she became his business partner and wife. They worked together on Gordy’s Jobete publishing company and she found the famous Hitsville USA building on Detroit’s West Grand Boulevard to house Motown. Ms. Singleton knew music theory and could play 11 instruments and she used her skills to arrange songs for Motown.

In those early days of the label, she also worked as a backup singer on many of the songs and she taught music theory to many of the artists like Smokey Robinson. Singleton and Gordy divorced in 1961 and she eventually left the label coming back later to manage the group Apollo and to be an executive producer her son’s song “Somebody’s Watching Me” under his recording name Rockwell. The former couple experienced a post-divorce rift when Single bootlegged Mary Wells’ “My Guy.” She also published her 1990 memoir, Berry, Me, and Motown: The Untold Story where she accused Gordy of not giving her credit for helping to start the label. Gordy said later in his own book that her claims were not true and he and Singleton had reconciled. In later years Singleton attended at least one fundraiser for the Motown Museum.

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Smokey Robinson Visits The Breakfast Club

Smokey Robinson was a guest on The Breakfast Club show and he talked about Motown, segregation and his new skin product. At the end of the show he reveals that a movie about his life is in the beginning stages.

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Diana Ross’s Love Hangover Is Celebrated With 40th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Of Self-Titled Album

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Diana Ross’s 1976 self-titled album will be reissued next week on July 15th in observance of the album’s 40th anniversary. It was Ross’s seventh studio album and it was successful because of the singles “Love Hangover” and “Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)” the latter which came from the soundtrack to the film Mahogany. Ross had an Oscar-nominated role for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Sings The Blues and she followed up that movie with the Berry Gordy-directed Mahogany. The theme song received an Oscar nomination for Best Song and “Love Hangover” was a no. 1 pop hit and became a club classic. Next week’s  reissue of Diana Ross will be the first time the album has been released on vinyl since its initial release 40 years ago.

Diana Ross Tracklisting:


Side One

1.“Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)”

2. “I Thought It Took A Little Time (But Today I Fell in Love)”

3. “Love Hangover”

4. “Kiss Me Now”

Side Two

1. “You’re Good My Child”

2. “One Love In My Lifetime”

3. “Ain’t Nothin’ But A Maybe”

4. “After You”

5. “Smile”

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Media Questions Of The Week

Would it have been better to cast someone other than Zoe Saldana in the role of Nina Simone in the movie Nina? If so, who? And why did director Cynthia Mort want to make a movie about Simone based on a fictitious relationship?

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Is Berry Gordy right about Michael Jackson still being alive if he had stayed on Motown?

Is Malcolm Jamal-Warner right about Woody Allen and Roman Polanski not having their careers suffer in the same way as Bill Cosby for similar issues because Cosby is Black?

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Media Questions Of The Week

Wu-TangClanOnceUponATimeInShaolinWhat will happen to the Wu-Tang Clan’s  Once Upon A Time In Shaolin album, now that former pharmaceutical executive, Martin Shkreli, who purchased it, is in FBI custody for securities fraud?

 Was it appropriate for R.Kelly to walk off the set of his interview with HuffPost Live?

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Will when it be publicly confirmed if F. Gary Gray made a deal with Berry Gordy and  Suzanne dePasse to direct Marvin Gaye’s life story on the silver screen?

 

 

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