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From the Land of Band Box Records

Mowest was Motown’s second venture to concentrate on releasing West Coast artists – more or less – sometimes less.  Their previous offer was via the V.I.P. label.  Mowest was not a commercial success despite the presence of an early Commodores group, Thelma Houston (would go on in 1974 to start a better recording career on big brother labels Motown and Tamla and give birth to Whitney Houston.  The Commodores would go crazy with seven number one R&B hits starting in 1974 – also on the Motown label.  Frankie Valli (and the Four Seasons) could not make a dent – nor could the 60’s pop star Leslie Gore.  The late Syreeta (Stevie Wonder’s wife) would have mild chart success – and that is just about the whole story.

The Devastating Affair – January, 1972

MOWEST 5001 - 1-72 A MOWEST 5001 - 1-72 B

Tom Clay – July, 19723 – #8 Hot 100 – #32 R&B – This was the Mowest label’s biggest and only Hot 100 Hit Record

MOWEST 5002 - 7-72 -8-32RB MOWEST 5002 - 7-72 B

Lodi – July, 1972

MOWEST 5003 - 8-71 A MOWEST 5003 - 8-71 B

Suzie Ikeda – October, 1971

MOWEST 5004 - 10-71 A MOWEST 5004 - 10-71 B

G. C. Cameron – September, 1971

MOWEST 5005 - 9-71 A MOWEST 5005 - 9-71 B

Bobby Taylor – November, 1971

MOWEST 5006 - 11-71 A MOWEST 5006 - 11-71 B

Tom Clay – October, 1971

MOWEST 5007 - 10-71 - A MOWEST 5007 - 10-71 - B

Thelma Houston – November, 1971

MOWEST 5008 DJ - 11-71 A ONLY MOWEST 5008 DJ - 11-71 A STEREO

The Commodores – March, 1972

MOWEST 5009 - 3-72 A MOWEST 5009 - 3-72 B

Frankie Valli – February, 1972

MOWEST 5011 - 2-72 A MOWEST 5011 - 2-72 B

Thelma Houston – March, 1972

MOWEST 5013 - 3-72 A MOWEST 5013 - 3-72 B

The Sisters Love – March, 1972

MOWEST 5014 - 3-72 A MOWEST 5014 - 3-72 B

G. C. Cameron – Mowest 50515 – March, 1972 “What It Is, What It Is” b/w You Are That Special One”

Syreeta – September, 1972

MOWEST 5016 - 9-72 A MOWEST 5016 - 9-72 B

Suzie Ikeda – June, 1972

MOWEST 5017 - 6-72 A MOWEST 5017 - 6-72 B

Michelle Aller – August, 1972 – Promotional release contains a different track

MOWEST 5018 - 8-72 A V DJ A MOWEST 5018 - 8-72 A V DJ B

MOWEST 5018 - 8-72 A MOWEST 5018 - 8-72 B

Blinky – June, 1972 – Blinky was a female singer appearing occasionally on various Motown labels – once with Edwin Starr.  They even had an LP released.  She was the vocalist for the TV show theme song “Good Times”.

MOWEST 5019 - 6-72 A MOWEST 5019 - 6-72 B

The Blackberries – A special 2013 Record Store Day release by Motown

MOWEST 5020 - A 2013 SPE ISSUE MOWEST 5020 - B 2013 SPE ISSUE

Syreeta – July, 1972

MOWEST 5021 - 7-72 A MOWEST 5021 - 7-72 B

Odyssey – July, 1972

MOWEST 5022 - 8-72 A MOWEST 5022 - 8-72 B

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – August, 1972
b/w “Sun Country”

MOWEST 5026 - 8-72 DJ

The Crusaders – October, 1972

MOWEST 5028 - 10-72 A MOWEST 5028 - 10-72 B

Lesley Gore – October, 1972

MOWEST 5029 - 10-72 A MOWEST 5029 - 10-72 B

Kubie – Mowest 5032 – October, 1971 – “Glad That You’re Not Me” b/w “Child, He Die”

Blinky – January, 1973

MOWEST 5033 - 1-73 A MOWEST 5033 - 1-73 B

G. C. Cameron – January, 1973

MOWEST 5036 - 1-73 A MOWEST 5036 - 1-73 B

The Nu Page – February, 1973

MOWEST 5037 - 2-73 A MOWEST 5037 - 2-73 B

The Commodores – June, 1973

MOWEST 5038 - 6-73 A MOWEST 5038 - 6-73 B

Martin & Finley – January, 1973

MOWEST 5039 NEED A MOWEST 5039 NEED B

Michael Campbell – Mowest 5040 – January, 1973 – “Angel Got A Book Today” b/w The People In the Valley”

MOWEST 5040 DJ A MOWEST 5040 DJ B

The Sisters Love – January, 1973

MOWEST 5041 A NEED MOWEST 5041 B NEED

Lesley Gore – Mowest 5042 – May, 1973 – “Give It To Me, Sweet Thing” b/w Don’t Want To Be One”

Thelma Houston – March, 1973

MOWEST 5050 - 3-73 A MOWEST 5050 - 3-73 B

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