(by Robert Nicholls)
|TMAS badge courtesy of Alvaro Rubio|
|Dave Godin & Motown artists|
|Rob at RSG Motown Special|
I have recently been able to view the RSG Motown specials that were broadcast in 1965. It is a moving reminder of those days and not all the performances involved lip-synching either, for e.g., “Shake” by the Supremes and “Mickey’s Monkey” by the Miracles were sung live. How good it is to see the Supremes and the Miracles doing the Jerk at the end of the Mickey’s Monkey sequence. In the autumn of 1966, Dave Godin and his friend Robert Blackmore started the Soul City record shop, which was based first at Deptford in Southeast London, then at Monmouth Street in the West End. Godin came to be referred to as the “Godfather of R&B in the UK,” he coined the phrases “Deep Soul,” and gave birth to the phrase “Northern Soul.”
Text of TMAS Greetings Disc
Margaret Phelps: Hi Tamla Motown fans and especially members of the Tamla Motown Appreciation Society, this is Margaret Phelps of the Hitsville USA fan club. Since we have been receiving many letters from you asking for information about our president, Mr. Berry Gordy, Jr., we thought we’d like to take this opportunity to have you meet him, well here he is:
Berry Gordy, Jr.: Thank you Margaret, greetings to all of you swingers and friends, this is Berry Gordy, Jr. It was a real pleasure meeting Dave and getting first hand information about the music scene over there. We over here really appreciate the sincere effort you’re making to publicize and promote our artists in Great Britain and throughout the world. I hope that one day I may have the opportunity of meeting each of you personally. Thanks a lot.
Smokey Robinson: Hi there swingers and friends, this is Smokey Robinson of the Miracles extending our greetings to all the Tamla Motown fans in England. We’re looking forward to coming over and seeing you very soon.
Stevie Wonder: Hi this is Stevie Wonder and I’d like to thank all of my fans for buying my records in Great Britain and I’d enjoy being there very much, and I’d like to thank very definitely al of my fan members in the TMAS and I’d like to say until I come over there, I just wanna have everybody to keep on saying, Yeah!
Marvin Gaye: Hello this is Marvin Gaye speaking and I’d like to say a special thanks to all of Great Britain and especially to the Tamla Motown Appreciation Society for voting me no. 2 in their poll for top artist of the year. It’s certainly appreciated. I’d like to also say that we’ll be seeing you all very very soon when we arrive there in England. Thank you so much.
Gladys Horton: Hi this is Gladys of the Marvelletes. It was such a pleasure meeting Dave today and we hope to meet all of you over in Great Britain soon.
Melvin Franklin: Hi this is Melvin Franklin and I’m speaking for all the Temptations and all the rest of the people here at Hitsville USA, and we want to say we’re grateful and very happy at all the enthusiasm that you people in Britain have been giving us and we’re looking forward to coming over and seeing you very soon. It’s a pleasure to meet Dave and if all the rest of you are as friendly as he, we just can’t wait to get there.
Martha Reeves: Hi this is Martha of Martha and the Vandellas. I’d like to tell all of the Tamla Motown swingers and friends that I appreciate the card to the highest. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever received. It was a little early but I appreciate it because it was one of the first, and I’ll enjoy my birthday and think of each and everyone of you. Dave has been wonderful and I really appreciate meeting him and I hope to see you all soon. Bye bye.
Contours: Hi this is Billy Gordon speaking for the Contours we want to thank all of you swingers and friends of Tamla Motown for helping to make our record “Do You Love Me” a big hit in Great Britain. Keep on swinging, we hope to see you soon.
Eddie Holland: Hello swingers and friends this is Eddie Holland telling you to keep swinging and we hope that one day each and every one you will be able to visit us here at Hitsville USA.
Kim Weston: Hi there this is Kim Weston I would like to say hello to all of the Tamla Motown fans and I would like to say that I’m glad you enjoyed “Love Me All the Way” and I hope very soon I will be over there to see you. Dave has been wonderful to everybody and we have enjoyed him since he has been over here and I’m sure that we will enjoy everyone else. Bye.
Supremes [in unison]: Hi Dave, we’re the Supremes, [solo] I’m Diane, I’m Florence, and I’m Mary. We miss you very much and in our book you are a very swinging fella.
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