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Motown Quiz

All about Motown from the late 1950s on 20 Questions.

 
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1

Who was the founder of Tamla?

  • William Robinson
  • Joe Jackson
  • Berry Gordy

2

In what year was the "Tamla" label created?

  • 1955
  • 1956
  • 1957

3

When was "Motown" added to create :Tamla Motown"?

  • 1958
  • 1961
  • 1963

4

Who was the male singer who co-founded Tamla Motown with Berry Gordy?

  • William 'Smokey' Robinson
  • Jimmy Ruffin
  • Levi Stubbs

5

Barrett Strong recorded the first single on the Tamla label. What was the song?

  • Shop Around
  • Please Mr Postman
  • Money (That's What I Want)

6

Which female group gave the label its first Number 1 in the pop and R&B charts?

  • The Vandellas
  • The Velvelettes
  • The Marvelettes

7

And what was the song?

  • Needle in a Haystack
  • Please Mr Postman
  • Jimmy Mack

8

Who was the most successful songwriting team at Motown?

  • Gordy/Robinson
  • Dobbin/Garrett
  • Holland/Dozier/Holland

9

Marvin Gaye duetted with many female singers, but with which singer did he have the most successful partnership professionally and personally?

  • Kim Weston
  • Tammi Terrell
  • Diana Ross

10

Which Supremes song shocked the world with its lyrics about single parenthood?

  • Love Child
  • Baby Love
  • The Happening

11

Berry Gordy's sister Anna was married to which male motown artist for 14 years?

  • Smokey Robinson
  • Edwin Starr
  • Marvin Gaye

12

In what year was Marvin Gaye shot dead by his father?

  • 1976
  • 1983
  • 1984

13

What was Edwin Starr's most successful hit?

  • War
  • 25 miles
  • Headline News

14

Phil Collins had a hit with a song originally recorded by Diana Ross and The Supremes. What was the song?

  • Where did our love go
  • You keep me hangin on
  • You can't hurry love

15

Who had 'Nowhere to run to"?

  • Diana Ross and the Supremes
  • Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
  • Gladys Knight and the Pips

16

Which under-rated female artist recorded the original version of Every Little Bit Hurts?

  • Kim Weston
  • Etta James
  • Brenda Holloway

17

Who picked a rose for his rose?

  • Marv Johnson
  • Stevie Wonder
  • David Ruffin

18

Which Stevie Wonder song is known as the ultimate wedding song?

  • A Place in the Sun
  • For Once in My Life
  • My Cherie Amour

19

Who was the lead singer of the Four Tops?

  • David Ruffin
  • Levi Stubbs
  • Junior Walker

20

Which member of the Jackson 5 married Berry Gordy's daughter?

  • Tito
  • Jermaine
  • Marlon

 

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