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THE DETROIT SOUND – THE MUSIC – THE PEOPLE – THE VOICES

 

This is the legend of a radio station at the center of the greatest explosion of new popular music in American history.

 

For over 30 years I’ve been told to stop talking.  “Lee, stop talking and and start writing!

So I finally did. This is my life story, so far at least.  Important only because I was a witness to what happened in a city known for making cars that like a shooting start in time became the radio and music capital of the world. 

 

Detroit, Motown, home of the Motown Music Explosion, Northern Soul, The Detroit Sound, and in the 50s and 60s a hotbed of rhythm and blues that was the epicenter of it all. 

 

The factory town where Berry Gordy Jr. a high school dropout and ex boxer once on the same card with Joe Louis, first went bankrupt and then borrowed enough money to create what became the largest independent music company in the world. 

 

Where Diana Ross grew up in the slums and became a secretary, Little Stevie Wonder, though blind became a superstar at age 11, where the Temptations lived out their drama, and where Jackie Wilson suffered and died because of his trauma.  Where Marvin Gaye was too shy to appear live on stage.

 

Motown, the city where every major recording artist in the world came and performed in the 60s and 70s, many for no charge just to be here, to start their records, to be part of it all.  

 

None of that would have happened if Detroit radio stations hadn’t played the music they made.  I was part of it.  I saw it, heard, lived it, ate it, breathed it, slept it.  I knew them all.  Still do.  Many of them have written books, never mentioning that their music would still be unknown were it not for the original giants of Radio in Detroit who were brave enough to risk their very jobs playing Motown music before Motown music was cool.

 

And so it begins, a story untold, the true story of what happened inside the competitive world of radio and music in Motown and a young radio and television disc jockey achieving his dream, growing up in the center of it all.  These are my lifelong acquaintances, my personal and professional choices and the consequences I have paid. 

 

From Elvis to the Beatles. Little Stevie Wonder to the tragedies of Marvin Gaye and Del Shannon. Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lewis, The Rolling stones.  Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Mohammed Ali, Fabian, Bobby Rydel, Frankie Valli.  Hundreds more. 

 

So to read it all:         TURN YOUR RADIO ON!  

 

Regards,

Lee Alan – On The Horn