MMF Celebrates Black History In Music, Feb. 16

MMF celebrates one of the most iconic (and popular) record labels of all time, Motown Records.

Motown was founded by Berry Gordy Jr. in 1959. Motown was the home to many pioneers of the music industry beginning in the 1950s. Hittsville USA was the place to be if you wanted a deal. Motown was the home to: Diana Ross & The Supremes, Smokie Robinson & The Miracles, The Marvelettes, The Isley Brothers, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5 and a slew of others.

MMF Celebrates Black History in Music, Feb. 10

MMF Celebrates Black History in Music, Feb. 10

Diana Ross released her 6th solo album on February 10, 1976. It became her second self-titled album following her 1970 solo debut. The album featured 9 tracks, 4 on one side and 5 on the other along with hits ‘Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To’) , ‘Love Hangover,’ and ‘Smile.’

The album reached #4 on the Billboard 200, #4 on the R&B Album chart and became Ross’ best selling album since her 1973 release, Touch Me In The Morning. It went Gold in the UK with over 100,000 copies sold. The album became her first since her 1970 debut to spawn over 4 hit singles. The album scored Ross a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance, Female Artist and a Oscar nomination for Best Song.

The album was rereleased in 2012 in a dual disc package filled with remastered and alternative versions of the original songs along with previously unreleased tracks.