Today marks exactly five weeks until performances begin at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End. To get you in the Motown mood, we’ve picked out 5 iconic tracks that feature in Motown the Musical.
1. ABC – The Jackson 5
This timeless track from the Jackson 5 boys knocked “Let it Be” by The Beatles off the number 1 spot when it was released in February 1970. It was also the first song released from the group’s second album of the same name.
2. Stop in the Name of Love- The Supremes
The classic track was first released by the Supremes in 1965 and held the number 1 spot for two weeks. The song is included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s collection of “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll”.
3. I Heard It Through The Grapevine– Marvin Gaye
Ranked at number 80 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, this 1968 track was originally recorded by several Motown artists before being made famous by Marvin Gaye.
4. Dancing In The Street – Martha & The Vandellas
This iconic 1964 track was originally released by Martha and the Vandellas, however you may not know that it was written by Marvin Gaye, alongside William “Mickey” Stevenson and Ivy Jo Hunter.
5. Do You Love Me – The Contours
Written and produced by Berry Gordy himself, this 1962 track by The Contours was the group’s only Top 40 single and has been used in many films, notably the 1987 film Dirty Dancing.
If that isn’t enough, we can’t resist giving you a few more tracks that you’ll hear if you come on down to Motown the Musical!
Don’t forget to buy your tickets.