Pop Culture’s Motown – The Famed Record Label – Never Had A Gold Record During The 1960′s And 1970′s.

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It’s amazing and a fact. Motown was probably the greatest hitmaker of the 1960′s with artists such as the Supremes, Diana Ross, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Four Tops, The Jackson 5, Martha and the Vandellas.

They sold millions of 45 singles – but not one certified gold record (a million in sales). How is that?

Not even their biggest single of all time, 1968′s “Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye.

The answer is Berry Gordy. From the beginning, he set a very strict policy about who had access to Motown’s books and that included the Recording Industry Association of America – the folks who award gold and platinum recordings.

They began showing the books around 1977. And, that’s when you begin to find certification – but it was a long way from Motown’s hitmaking machine of the 1960′s and into the 1970′s.

It’s a great story – and one of the fascinating pop culture music history moments.

Four Tops Singer Passes

Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs, who possessed one of the most dynamic and emotive voices of all the Motown singers, died Friday at 72.

He had been ill recently and died in his sleep at the Detroit house he shared with his wife, said Dana Meah, the wife of Stubbs’ grandson. The Wayne County medical examiner’s office also confirmed the death.

With Stubbs in the lead, the Four Tops sold millions of records, including such hits as “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” and “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch.)”

The group performed for more than four decades without a single change in personnel. Stubbs’ death leaves one surviving member of the original group: Abdul “Duke” Fakir.

You can follow Motown in the 1960′s archives of this website. AP/Mr. Pop Culture