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Motown’s David Ruffin at the “Summer of Soul 1969” Harlem Festival Now Playing! Go see this star-studded historical movie! by Larry Buford I have written many articles about Motown’s great David Ruffin who fronted hit songs (written/produced by Smokey Robinson) recorded by The Temptations like “My Girl,” “It’s Growing,” “Since I Lost My Baby;” and (written/produced by Norman Whitfield) “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” “Losing You” and “I Wish It Would Rain.” With the release of the film “Summer of Soul 1969” I feel people can now actually see what I have been trying to convey for years the guy had a wonderful unique talent with a mesmerizing stage presence, and a vocal range from baritone to octaves on par with Minnie Riperton. It was much like people who were interviewed in the movie trying to describe over the years what they experienced during that span of six weekends from June to August 1969. It preceded Woodstock, and was shelved in a basement for 50 years due to lack of interest in distribution. Director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is to be commended for poring through 45 hours of footage and condensing it to a meaningful, cohesive two-hour documentary. I’m glad to see all the pre-MTV extraordinarily talented Black (and Brown) performers showcased in their prime on the big screen! While other performers at the Harlem summer festival Sly & The Family Stone, The Fifth Dimension, The Staple Singers, Gladys Knight & The Pips found fame and exposure in the shift of Black music during that era, Ruffin at his prime, seemed to be left behind. The Temptations won Motown’s first Grammy with their first smash hit “Cloud Nine” after Ruffin’s departure. Par excellence, many of Ruffin’s finest recordings like “Make My Water Boil” written and produced by Stevie Wonder; and his covers of “Rainy Night In Georgia” and “I Want You Back” were vaulted reportedly due to reasons I won’t get into right now for 40 years before being released. Despite what may have gone down, his talent should not have been denied! See David Ruffin Discography! In 2008, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Ruffin as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. He influenced many like Rod Stewart, Daryl Hall and Bruce Springsteen with his raspy, anguished vocals, and was inducted, along with The Temptations, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. I only found out the night before I went to see the film that Ruffin was in it; some of the reviews don’t even mention his name. He sang one of his signature Temptations songs in a way that was probably disallowed when he was with his former group. True fans will enjoy it. As he gets into the song, he waves to a guy up in a tree and says “Hey brother!! Larry Buford is a Los Angeles-based contributing writer. Author of “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand” and “Book To The Future” (Amazon); two insightful books that speak to our moral conscience in times like these. Email: LBuford8101@hotmail.com
MOTOWN MUSEUM ANNOUNCES DETAILS FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED MOTOWN 60 WEEKEND Sept. 21-23 celebration includes Motown Gospel Concert, Hitsville Honors honoring Berry Gordy and not-to-be-missed performances by legendary Motown artists and contemporary superstars, and Soul In One Celebrity Golf Classic DETROIT, June XX, 2019 – Motown Museum announced today details for its highly anticipated Motown 60 Weekend – a celebratory event commemorating the 60 th anniversary of Motown Record Corporation set for Sept. 21-23. The three-day event is packed full of music and star power converging on Detroit in true Motown style for an incredible not-to-be-missed celebration benefiting Motown Museum. Motown Museum Chairwoman and CEO Robin Terry made the announcement. “It’s been such an important year for us to share Motown history and celebrate this milestone in a big way,” said Terry. “Our Motown 60 Weekend is the culmination of a year-long celebration all happening right here in Detroit. We’ve created three special and unique events for Motown fans—including a free gospel concert, a golf outing and an evening star-powered musical event where legendary Motown and contemporary powerhouse artists will perform to create a magical night. Most importantly, we will honor and celebrate Motown’s iconic visionary founder Berry Gordy in Detroit where this story was born. We invite all Motown fans to join us as we celebrate the musical and cultural impact of this incredible legacy.” The weekend’s festivities include: Motown Gospel Concert – Saturday, Sept. 21 at Detroit World Outreach: The concert will feature artists performing traditional gospel music along with spiritually enhanced Motown favorites. Artists include Grammy Award-winning artist Regina Belle, Stellar Award-winning and current Motown gospel label group Tye Tribbet & G.A., Tasha Page-Lockhart, winner of the gospel singing competition Sunday Best that airs on BET and Detroit gospel royalty Kierra “Kiki” Sheard. A 125- person choir from more than 70 local faith-based groups will perform. With a capacity of 3,000 people, this is an open-to-the public, free community concert. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis beginning August 28. For more information, please visit motownmuseum.org. Hitsville Honors: Celebrating Berry Gordy & 60 Years of Motown – Sunday, Sept. 22 at Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Marjorie J. Fisher Music Center: The city that started it all will soon play host to an unforgettable evening of extraordinary entertainment. Hitsville Honors is a powerful musical tribute to Motown’s legacy and a celebration of the Motown family. Highlights will include a tribute to Motown founder Berry Gordy, and a celebration of his incredible life and transformative musical and entrepreneurial vision. The evening promises to be a star-studded event, with planned appearances by celebrities, local dignitaries and special guests. The Temptations, Four Tops, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas and Mary Wilson will perform Motown favorites. That legendary lineup is just the beginning. Award-winning Motown artists Ne-Yo and Kem will be joined by Detroit’s own Big Sean with other artists and performances to be announced. The result is sure to be a moment unlike any other—where legendary meets contemporary, and where Motown favorites come together with some of today’s most innovative talents to showcase the generational impact and lasting legacy of Motown. This entertainment experience is a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity for fans to witness the ongoing evolution of a true cultural phenomenon. Tickets range from $50-$1,000 and include various opportunities, including pre- and post-event receptions. Tickets for Hitsville Honors go on sale Thursday, Aug. 1 and can be purchased at www.motownmuseum.org. Soul In One Celebrity Golf Classic – Monday, Sept. 23 at Tam-O-Shanter Country Club: Guests will join Motown alumni and celebrities for an afternoon tee time and a gourmet lunch and dinner. Pricing ranges from $350 for an individual golfer with groups packages available. To register golf event and for information about sponsorship opportunities and tickets packages for all events, please contact Motown Museum Director of Development and Community Activation, Paul Barker, at (313) 875-2264, Ext. 226, or email motown60@motownmuseum.org. In addition to the Motown Museum hosted weekend of events, the Friends of Fuller Gordy Strikefest event, an L.A.-based annual affair led by his daughter Iris Gordy and granddaughter Karla Gordy Bristol, will honor Motown VP, humanitarian and pro bowler Fuller Gordy. The event will serve as a casual ‘warm up’ for Motown alumni, family, friends and fans to connect and support Motown Museum prior to the weekend’s festivities. Featuring bowling, karaoke, dinner and Motown music, Strikefest will take place on Friday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park. To inquire about tickets and for more information, visit http://friendsoffuller.org. Announced in late 2016, the Motown Museum expansion will grow the museum to a 50,000-square-foot world-class entertainment and education tourist destination featuring dynamic, interactive exhibits, a performance theater, recording studios, an expanded retail experience and meeting spaces designed by renown architects and exhibit designers. When completed, the new museum campus will have a transformative impact on the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods, providing employment, sustainability and community pride by serving as an important catalyst for new investment and tourism in the historic area. For more information on Motown Museum, visit http://www.motownmuseum.org. About Motown Museum Founded in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards, Motown Museum is a 501(c)(3) not for profit, tax-exempt organization in Detroit. The museum is committed to preserving, protecting and presenting the Motown story through authentic, inspirational and educational experiences. Announced in late 2016, the Motown Museum expansion will grow the museum to a 50,000- square-foot world-class entertainment and education tourist destination featuring dynamic, interactive exhibits, a performance theater, recording studios, an expanded retail experience and meeting spaces designed by renown architects and exhibit designers. When completed, the new museum campus will have a transformative impact on the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods, providing employment, sustainability and community pride by serving as an important catalyst for new investment and tourism in the historic area. For more information on Motown Museum, visit http://www.motownmuseum.org.
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Motown’s David Ruffin at the “Summer of Soul 1969” Harlem Festival Now Playing! Go see this star-studded historical movie! by Larry Buford I have written many articles about Motown’s great David Ruffin who fronted hit songs (written/produced by Smokey Robinson) recorded by The Temptations like “My Girl,” “It’s Growing,” “Since I Lost My Baby;” and (written/produced by Norman Whitfield) “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” “Losing You” and “I Wish It Would Rain.” With the release of the film “Summer of Soul 1969” I feel people can now actually see what I have been trying to convey for years the guy had a wonderful unique talent with a mesmerizing stage presence, and a vocal range from baritone to octaves on par with Minnie Riperton. It was much like people who were interviewed in the movie trying to describe over the years what they experienced during that span of six weekends from June to August 1969. It preceded Woodstock, and was shelved in a basement for 50 years due to lack of interest in distribution. Director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is to be commended for poring through 45 hours of footage and condensing it to a meaningful, cohesive two-hour documentary. I’m glad to see all the pre-MTV extraordinarily talented Black (and Brown) performers showcased in their prime on the big screen! While other performers at the Harlem summer festival Sly & The Family Stone, The Fifth Dimension, The Staple Singers, Gladys Knight & The Pips found fame and exposure in the shift of Black music during that era, Ruffin at his prime, seemed to be left behind. The Temptations won Motown’s first Grammy with their first smash hit “Cloud Nine” after Ruffin’s departure. Par excellence, many of Ruffin’s finest recordings like “Make My Water Boil” written and produced by Stevie Wonder; and his covers of “Rainy Night In Georgia” and “I Want You Back” were vaulted reportedly due to reasons I won’t get into right now for 40 years before being released. Despite what may have gone down, his talent should not have been denied! See David Ruffin Discography! In 2008, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Ruffin as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. He influenced many like Rod Stewart, Daryl Hall and Bruce Springsteen with his raspy, anguished vocals, and was inducted, along with The Temptations, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. I only found out the night before I went to see the film that Ruffin was in it; some of the reviews don’t even mention his name. He sang one of his signature Temptations songs in a way that was probably disallowed when he was with his former group. True fans will enjoy it. As he gets into the song, he waves to a guy up in a tree and says “Hey brother!! Larry Buford is a Los Angeles-based contributing writer. Author of “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand” and “Book To The Future” (Amazon); two insightful books that speak to our moral conscience in times like these. Email: LBuford8101@hotmail.com
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MOTOWN MUSEUM ANNOUNCES DETAILS FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED MOTOWN 60 WEEKEND Sept. 21-23 celebration includes Motown Gospel Concert, Hitsville Honors honoring Berry Gordy and not-to-be-missed performances by legendary Motown artists and contemporary superstars, and Soul In One Celebrity Golf Classic DETROIT, June XX, 2019 Motown Museum announced today details for its highly anticipated Motown 60 Weekend – a celebratory event commemorating the 60 th anniversary of Motown Record Corporation set for Sept. 21-23. The three-day event is packed full of music and star power converging on Detroit in true Motown style for an incredible not-to-be-missed celebration benefiting Motown Museum. Motown Museum Chairwoman and CEO Robin Terry made the announcement. “It’s been such an important year for us to share Motown history and celebrate this milestone in a big way,” said Terry. “Our Motown 60 Weekend is the culmination of a year-long celebration all happening right here in Detroit. We’ve created three special and unique events for Motown fans—including a free gospel concert, a golf outing and an evening star-powered musical event where legendary Motown and contemporary powerhouse artists will perform to create a magical night. Most importantly, we will honor and celebrate Motown’s iconic visionary founder Berry Gordy in Detroit where this story was born. We invite all Motown fans to join us as we celebrate the musical and cultural impact of this incredible legacy.” The weekend’s festivities include: Motown Gospel Concert – Saturday, Sept. 21 at Detroit World Outreach: The concert will feature artists performing traditional gospel music along with spiritually enhanced Motown favorites. Artists include Grammy Award-winning artist Regina Belle, Stellar Award-winning and current Motown gospel label group Tye Tribbet & G.A., Tasha Page-Lockhart, winner of the gospel singing competition Sunday Best that airs on BET and Detroit gospel royalty Kierra “Kiki” Sheard. A 125-person choir from more than 70 local faith- based groups will perform. With a capacity of 3,000 people, this is an open-to-the public, free community concert. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis beginning August 28. For more information, please visit motownmuseum.org. Hitsville Honors: Celebrating Berry Gordy & 60 Years of Motown – Sunday, Sept. 22 at Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Marjorie J. Fisher Music Center: The city that started it all will soon play host to an unforgettable evening of extraordinary entertainment. Hitsville Honors is a powerful musical tribute to Motown’s legacy and a celebration of the Motown family. Highlights will include a tribute to Motown founder Berry Gordy, and a celebration of his incredible life and transformative musical and entrepreneurial vision. The evening promises to be a star- studded event, with planned appearances by celebrities, local dignitaries and special guests. The Temptations, Four Tops, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas and Mary Wilson will perform Motown favorites. That legendary lineup is just the beginning. Award- winning Motown artists Ne-Yo and Kem will be joined by Detroit’s own Big Sean with other artists and performances to be announced. The result is sure to be a moment unlike any other—where legendary meets contemporary, and where Motown favorites come together with some of today’s most innovative talents to showcase the generational impact and lasting legacy of Motown. This entertainment experience is a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity for fans to witness the ongoing evolution of a true cultural phenomenon. Tickets range from $50-$1,000 and include various opportunities, including pre- and post-event receptions. Tickets for Hitsville Honors go on sale Thursday, Aug. 1 and can be purchased at www.motownmuseum .org. Soul In One Celebrity Golf Classic – Monday, Sept. 23 at Tam-O- Shanter Country Club: Guests will join Motown alumni and celebrities for an afternoon tee time and a gourmet lunch and dinner. Pricing ranges from $350 for an individual golfer with groups packages available. To register golf event and for information about sponsorship opportunities and tickets packages for all events, please contact Motown Museum Director of Development and Community Activation, Paul Barker, at (313) 875-2264, Ext. 226, or email motown60@motownmus eum.org. In addition to the Motown Museum hosted weekend of events, the Friends of Fuller Gordy Strikefest event, an L.A.- based annual affair led by his daughter Iris Gordy and granddaughter Karla Gordy Bristol, will honor Motown VP, humanitarian and pro bowler Fuller Gordy. The event will serve as a casual ‘warm up’ for Motown alumni, family, friends and fans to connect and support Motown Museum prior to the weekend’s festivities. Featuring bowling, karaoke, dinner and Motown music, Strikefest will take place on Friday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park. To inquire about tickets and for more information, visit http://friendsoffuller.org. Announced in late 2016, the Motown Museum expansion will grow the museum to a 50,000- square-foot world-class entertainment and education tourist destination featuring dynamic, interactive exhibits, a performance theater, recording studios, an expanded retail experience and meeting spaces designed by renown architects and exhibit designers. When completed, the new museum campus will have a transformative impact on the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods, providing employment, sustainability and community pride by serving as an important catalyst for new investment and tourism in the historic area. For more information on Motown Museum, visit http://www.motownmuseum.org. About Motown Museum Founded in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards, Motown Museum is a 501(c)(3) not for profit, tax-exempt organization in Detroit. The museum is committed to preserving, protecting and presenting the Motown story through authentic, inspirational and educational experiences. Announced in late 2016, the Motown Museum expansion will grow the museum to a 50,000- square-foot world-class entertainment and education tourist destination featuring dynamic, interactive exhibits, a performance theater, recording studios, an expanded retail experience and meeting spaces designed by renown architects and exhibit designers. When completed, the new museum campus will have a transformative impact on the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods, providing employment, sustainability and community pride by serving as an important catalyst for new investment and tourism in the historic area. For more information on Motown Museum, visit http://www.motownmuseum .org.