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Article Summary 6-Motown Crossover Hits

Article Summary 6-Motown Crossover Hits - Brenda Chan...

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Brenda Chan 02/29/12 Article Summary In the article “Motown Crossover Hits 1963-1966 and the Creative Process” by Jon Fitzgerald, the author talks about his analysis of the major Motown hits of that particular time frame and the characteristics involved with each song. Published in January 1995 in Popular Music , Fitzgerald also describes the process that went creating the songs and the impact that Motown had on popular music. Motown is seen to be a paradox. Berry Gordy, who started Motown, was a jazz fan who helped define a new pop sound and business practice. Some of the integral members of the Motown session band (James Jamerson, Benny Benjamin, and Earl Van Dyke) were be-bop lovers. Most of Motown’s top acts maintained a “double identity” according to Tony Cummings. A mixture of all these elements created the infamous Motown group. The most successful songwriting team in the 1960s was Holland-Dozier-Holland (HDH), matching achievements of Lennon-McCartney in 1965. When the “British Invasion” took over, HDH along with William “Smokey” Robinson made a contribution to fill the void left in the US pop song market. HDH had the talent of being able to dramatize ordinary human emotions and experience. Fitzgerald made a table that shows the common elements of the Motown top forty hits from 1963 to 1967 (over 60 songs) from HDH and Smokey Robinson (in comparison to teen songs and the British Invasion songs). When considering the Motown style, it is important to
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