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...As the flagship act of Motown Records during the 1960s, the Supremes became the national face of Detroit’s R & B and soul sound. Originally formed in Detroit in 1958 as the Primettes, a female version of local group the Primes, the group...

Girl Groups

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Girl groups were a popular music phenomenon involving pre-teen and teen girls as performers and listeners in the United States in the early to mid-1960s. Most girl groups comprised three to five members, all adolescent and predominantly...

Motown

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

Encyclopedia Articles

...The so-called ‘Motown sound’ is typically associated with songs released during the 1960s on various labels (Motown, Tamla, Soul, Gordy) connected to the Motown Record Corporation. The company was established by Berry Gordy in Detroit...

Soul

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

Encyclopedia Articles

...The word soul has its origins in the religious experience. The soul is that ineffable part of a human being that many understand as their core or essence. It is the soul that many people believe survives the corporeal part of one’s body –...