From the Land of Band Box Records

Tamla Records – The First Motown Label

March 16, 2014

As the Motown had the Supremes and Four Tops, Gordy the Temptations and Martha & the Vandellas, Tamla – the senior Motown label was anchored by first the Marvellettes and Miracles, soon to be joined by Tammi Terrell, Marvin Gaye, and Little Stevie Wonder!  The very first Motown family label releases were all on Tamla, starting off in January of 1959 starting off with Marv Johnson, The Singing Tigers and Barrett Strong.  Tamla continued to release 45 rpm vinyl into the year 2009.  Motown lost writer/pioneer/hit maker Marvin Gaye in April of 1984 when he was shot to death by his father during a quarrel.  He often composed for other Motown artists and teamed up often with their female stars including Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell and finally Diana Ross.

Visit the under construction Motown Tamla 1960’s 45 page – Many more to come!

TAMLA 54054 - 2-62 PS F TAMLA 54043 - 6-61 A

TAMLA 54027 - 8-59 A TAMLA 54053 - 1-62 PS

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