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Today in Rock – January 15th


1961 was the beginning of a new decade of magical music moments with another big M. Motown.

It was on this date in 1961, The Supremes signed a worldwide contract with Motown and went on to make history with a string of hits that defined the era.

I dare you to disagree that the Supremes were the greatest female pop group in the history of music. Led by the fabulous Diana Ross, they’re songs are timeless, brilliantly produced classics.

I was 18 when I discovered them. I had heard all the hits on the radio growing up but when I became a musical snob, I realized their brilliance could not be ignored.

I remember hiding my double album collection of The Supremes hits from my friends who would rather listen to a 15 minute blues guitar solo. One day, my friend Mad Jim actually found it and gave me a look and said “What is’ your Mother’s record doing here”. I turned red and said. “uh, I don’t know, put it over there with the Frank Sinatra records, since those are her’s too”

They weren’t.

In retrospect, I was right to listen to The Supremes. I remember them more than I remember what ever the name was of that blues guitarist we were listening to. Roy Buchanan maybe?

The Supremes – Stop, In the Name Of Love –


About Stevie GB

60 year old stand up comedian from Long Island. My approach to comedy is telling the truth about being married, middle aged and living in the suburbs. I enjoy making people laugh without making them feel uncomfortable. My act is clean and clever. Featured in Newsday and on News12. Winner of the Huntington Arts Council Laff-off, 2006. 3rd place winner of LI Press Best of LI 2011, A regular on The Long Island Comedy Festival for 9 consecutive years. Opened for Dennis Miller, Louie Anderson, Kevin Pollak, Bobby Collins, Bob Nelson, Uncle Floyd, Kevin Meaney, and many more.

3 responses to “Today in Rock – January 15th

  1. Gerard ⋅

    Nothing to be ashamed of, i do like the Motown songs, but after a while i do need some louder rock stuff. Still ‘Papa was a Rolling Stone’ gets to me everytime i hear it from The Temptations

  2. If this was 1963 Diana Ross wouldve been my wife by now

  3. Only competition they have as the greatest girl group ever is The Ronnettes. And I still think the Supremes win in a landslide

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