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Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday To-Do: Motown Gold

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 9:43 AM

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Denise Pelley.

MOTOWN GOLD
8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $17-$71.

Fifty years ago Barry Gordy borrowed $800 to start what would become, a year later, Motown Records. If the label, over the years, has occasionally taken hits for repressing gospel-style emotion with a heavy pop-hand — and for its utter devotion to formula in all matters — it remains perhaps the most influential independent label of the '60s and '70s. For its guiding hand in the racial integration of pop music. For its unprecedented success on the charts. But more pointedly, for the stars: Marvin, Michael, Smokey, Stevie. And for the songs, that not just anyone of the era, but anyone who's spent any time listening to an oldies station, can reel off: “Dancing in the Street,” “My Girl,” “Reach Out, I'll Be There,” “Where Did Our Love Go.” They'll be reeling them off at the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's first Pops concert of the series. The group Jeans 'n Classics provides the vocals with veteran performers Jean Meilleur and Denise Pelley leading the way. The ASO reprises the concert on Saturday, same time, place and cost.

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