Motown Boosters Still in Play
Motown existed in an era world’s away from today’s music industry. In the 1960s, musicians and music labels survived only if radio station disc jockeys chose to play their tunes. People like Paul Drew, the Windsor-based CKLW radio station’s program director, and Robin Seymour, a disc jockey with WKNR in Dearborn, are two of the many pivotal record-spinners Gordy credits with boosting the Motown label. Durecki’s lecture also delves into some of the early Jewish songwriters and bands, including the Valadiers, the first all-white group signed by Motown. Stuart Avig, one of the original band members, continues to play in and around the Detroit area.
Few have focused on this fascinating background of the Motown legacy. Durecki’s lecture, peppered with photographs and even a bit of music, will spark both musical and cultural memories for all who attend. Anyone remember Mickey Schorrs?
Motown Mensches Live! is sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society and the Henry & Delia Meyers Library and Media Center. Tickets are $8 for JHSM and JCC members and $10 for others and include a Motown Musical afterglow. Tickets are available at www.theBerman.org. For more information, please call the Jewish Historical Society at 248-432-5517.