Motown and More with Natalie Williams' Soul Family
The Motown Show featuring Natalie Williams plays tribute to some of the great artists that have recorded on Motown Records. They will be playing a selection of some of the best songs to come out of the Motown era, featuring the music of Smoky Robinson, Martha and The Vandellas, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Jackson 5 and of course Stevie Wonder.
The year 1959, seemed to be a magical year. Not only was it the birth of the world renowned jazz club, Ronnie Scotts, or the making of one of the most influential jazz albums ever, ‘Kind of Blue’, but it was also the year Motown Records was founded by Berry Gordy.
Motown played an important role in the racial integration of popular music, as it was the first record label owned by an African American to primarily feature African-American artists who achieved crossover success. In the 1960s, Motown and its soul-based subsidiaries were the most successful proponents of what came to be known as The Motown Sound, a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence.