Aug. 1, 1983: Smokey Robinson on how the Motown sound got its start in Detroit

Robinson talked about the Motown scene in Detroit as he visited his old recording studio.
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Transcript for Aug. 1, 1983: Smokey Robinson on how the Motown sound got its start in Detroit
Why Detroit bloodied and the sound came out of your while because Barry Gordy was in Detroit. It didn't happen because of the unique collection itself and people like yourself and Diana Ross and Martha Reeves and everybody who lived in the neighborhood. Not necessarily I think that we were the blessed ones we were the ones who. Came through it and were able to be heard and accepted by the public but there Diana Ross's and mop the reason smokey Robinson's everywhere in the country. And they just don't have a now this is our original building where we recorded most of our good records from studios in the back. And this lobby here used to be filled with young people Ruth. Coming to be heard and discover and so on full form that people like like who who are out here waiting to get discovered America. Well who was on Motown you know hedge Diana Ross. Yeah Diana Ross really is staying on it because right over there was wearing desk was used to be a reception is here and the secretary. Martha Reeves of the band that was to be a secretary and receptions here. Now where the actual recorded take place bombings to use right Beckham in the back room we did the bulk about recording. And in fact this whole area right here they used to be a door right here and between that doing this tour right here we will close our lead singer also that there are. Check could be isolated so that we can have no sound going in on their trek so that we can bring it warms up here in this corridor here in the scored hi tech recording would we use very proud of the buildings can be used mused everything nothing was the waste. People were coming here to Detroit from everywhere all over the world to record. The artist because he thought that the Motown sounds just in Detroit. If they came to Detroit in recorded on the freeway he thought they'd get the full council because he just in that area somewhere you know. And what they didn't realize was that at the same time. We were recording artist everywhere from Chicago. In New York. In Nashville. In Los Angeles. But still we got the Motown sound because the Motown sound. Comes from the people who created. Some very historical high I didn't realize I live in Houston. This guy doing well loved it. Nick you know a living in.

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