Detroit’s Sixth Gift to the World: MUSIC

Detroit has given the world some of the best music it’s ever heard… regardless of what kind of music you like, chances are you’ve heard, if not loved, a song or even style of music that has come from the D (or at least has ties to it)… in my opinion, the best music comes out of Detroit… we even have a style music named after our city that’s known all around the world!!!

Motown is a sound that defined an era for some… it is it’s own style of music combining soul, r&b and pop that is easily liked by all… Motown played a huge positive role in race relations and helped African-Americans “break in” to the American music industry back in the tumultuous 1960’s… popular artists to come out of Motown include: Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Supremes (Diano Ross), The Jackson 5 (Michael Jackson), The Commodores (Lionel Richie), Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Miracles (Smokey Robinson) and Boyz II Men…

Techno is another style of music that originated in the D… it’s basically an electronic form of music that originated from some high school friends who lived near the D that wanted to come up with some cool music for parties… in fact, the earliest style of Techno music is referred to as “Detroit Techno”… if you’ve ever been to a club, you’ve heard Techno (or at least something derived from it)… truthfully, you can’t have a party without Techno!!! THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP (insert electronic/futuristic sound here)… Techno is huge in Europe now, but the “Techno Elite” know that it started in the D…

The D is also home to several individuals who’ve shaped and changed the face of music… here are the most notable (according to the Detroit Historical Museum):

Aretha Franklin – The Queen of Soul… R-E-S-P-E-C-T… like I need to say much about her… I remember back a couple years (prolly more) when they had a battle of the “Divas” that included Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Gloria Estafan, Celine Dion (?) and Aretha… Aretha blew ’em all away!!!

Bob Segar – originally from Ann Arbor, a suburb (barely) of Detroit… Bob sang hits like “Old Time Rock ‘n Roll”, “Like a Rock” (from the Chevy Truck commercials!) and “Shakedown” (Beverly Hills Cop)… currently Bob is on tour once again selling out shows across the nation…

Eminem – (aka Marshall Mathers) is one of the most controversial artists to come out of the D… he’s also one of the most successful… a white boy hailed by many as one of the best rappers ever, Eminem won 11 Grammies and was nominated for 2 dozen… Em also had success in movies with his hit “8 Mile”… unfortunately he hasn’t had much success in marriage, but I’d rather talk about something else ….

Derrick May – it wouldn’t surprise me if most people have never even heard of this guy, but his effect on music and the industry is pretty widespread… basically, he and his buddies from yet another suburb in the D founded Techno music… is that enough for ya???

Other musicians worth mentioning that hail from the D: Kid Rock, The White Stripes, Madonna, The Romantics, The Winans, Ted Nugent, Iggy Pop and Smokey Robinson…

2 Comments so far

  1. till (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 12:04 pm

    Berlin deserves credit! ;-)

  2. Krista Antonini (unregistered) on December 12th, 2006 @ 2:28 pm

    I believe they mean “Yo”. LOVE-Krista Antonini (Leipzig) re:Motown

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