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March 2016

3 Things you Didn’t Know about Marvin Gaye’s ‘Whats Going On’

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The What’s Going On album was released in 1971, but shelved by Motown records and Berry Gordy for months in fear of poor record sales. As Marvin Gaye grew anxious to release the album, he would often perform song after song at Detroit’s historic Baker’s Lounge, the world’s oldest operating jazz club.

The simplicity and humility of Marvin Gaye’s state of mind while making What’s Going On impacted the world. The album cover was shot in the backyard of his home off Outer Dr. & Livernois on a rainy fall day.

Comedian Richard Pryor attributes Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On album as the catalyst to his more honest and unapologetic brand of comedy, exploring race, sex, and American society. Prior to the release of What’s Going On, Pryor’s comedy followed the styling of Bill Cosby. Upon Pryor’s purchase of the album, he listened to the album six plays through in totality, which led to Pryor becoming recognized by many as the greatest comedian ever.

In recognition of the revolutionary sound, this Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 6PM at Tony V’s Tavern (5756 Cass Ave Detroit MI), Detroit Hip-hop artist Khary WAE Frazier will be joined by Joe “Pep” Harris of The Undisputed Truth for a musical celebration of the radical legacy of Motown. The Undisputed Truth became well known after the 1971 #1 single “Smiling Faces”, produced by Norman Whitfield. Frazier will blend his brand of Hip-hop with the Soul of the city to perform Motown Message: a Revolution in Song. Tickets and information available online at www.detroitisdifferent.com

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3 Things You Didn’t Know about Motown #1 1971 Hit ‘Smiling Faces’ of Norman Whitfield

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Norman Whitfield originally recorded a version of “Smiling Faces” with the Temptations. Whitfield rearranged, produced, and composed the song for Undisputed Truth. The layering of female lead and male lead vocals led the transition of this song.

Undisputed Truth lead singer Joe “Pep” Harris was a member of the Ohio Untouchables when he first joined Motown Records to become a member of the Undisputed Truth. When the Undisputed Truth charted with the #1 Hit song ‘Smiling Faces,’ Harris was dropped by the Ohio Untouchables. The Ohio Untouchables later that year in 1971 became the Funk super group the Ohio Players.

In 1971 Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On won Grammys in all categories except for Song of the Year, which was awarded to the Undisputed Truth’s “Smiling Faces”.

In recognition of the revolutionary sound, this Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 6PM at Tony V’s Tavern (5756 Cass Ave Detroit MI), Detroit Hip-hop artist Khary WAE Frazier will be joined by Joe “Pep” Harris of The Undisputed Truth for a musical celebration of the radical legacy of Motown. The Undisputed Truth became well known after the 1971 #1 single “Smiling Faces”, produced by Norman Whitfield. Frazier will blend his brand of Hip-hop with the Soul of the city to perform Motown Message: a Revolution in Song. Tickets and information available online at www.detroitisdifferent.com

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS TO THE MOTOWN MESSAGE SHOW TODAY!

IT in the D episode 137 Falling Down Beer Co!

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This week on IT in the D episode 137 of the podcast is upon us all. The word of today is ‘BEER!’ Mark Larson of Falling Down Beer Company joins the show with Stephen from Batch Brewery to talk the collaboration brew. Also it’s the Third Anniversary for Falling Down Beer Company as Mark is the 1st guest on the preview show. New Line Group are also guests and Bob and Dave talk Batman vs. Superman.

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Tiki’s Treasures & Teresa Singelton

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Tiki’s Treasures is a clothing reseller of wears and goods of high end fashion. Teresa Singleton is the owner of Tiki’s Treasures. Teresa is a lifelong Detroit resident and who bought a space in her 48208 neighborhood to open her business. Her business is across the street from the historic Motown Museum and will welcome guests from across the world to buy the fashions she curates as a reseller. The mix of shoes, coats, handbags, and accessories Teresa’s collected for years.  Watch the interview and find out more about Teresa, Tiki’s Treasures, and her business in her childhood community.

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Business Ideas and Action Website Development

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This week on Business Ideas & Action Business Ideas & Action Karen Dumas delivers great perspective as to the advantages and approach to take towards website development in business. Also join Karen Dumas Friday April 1 2016 for Coffee and Conversation at Will Leather Goods in Detroit’s Midtown. This inaugural event will be covered by Detroit is Different.


 

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