Six O’Clock Triple Shot – 10/17/14 Detroit Renames Grand Blvd To Honor Berry Gordy Jr.
(The Six O'Clock Triple Shot is a daily feature of three songs that share a common theme, heard weeknights on 94.9 WMMQ)
Tonight, we commemorate another day in Rock 'n' Roll History. October 17, 2007, during a celebration of Motown Records' 50th Anniversary, The City of Detroit officially renamed a portion of Grand Boulevard to honor the label's founder Berry Gordy Jr. Obviously, the effect that Motown's sound has on rock music still to this day speaks for itself. Many of the Classic Rock artists we play here on WMMQ have cited numerous influences from Hitsville U.S.A., hence the reason I will ALWAYS believe that Detroit is the TRUE home of Rock 'n' Roll. Many of those same artists have even covered and released their own versions of classic Motown hits.
That is exactly what we will feature for you tonight. Detroit's own Rare Earth became the first all white group to be signed to Gordy's label in 1969. In 1970, they released their version of The Temptations hit "Get Ready". In 1974, The Rolling Stones followed suit, covering The Temptations' "Ain't Too Proud To Beg". And in 1977, on his self-titled debut LP, Eddie Money covered a Smokey Robinson penned classic, "You've Really Got A Hold On Me". Tune in to hear all three songs for tonight's Six O'Clock Triple Shot, only on 94.9 WMMQ!