City Slang: Motown Museum girl group exhibition
The Motown Museum will unveil a new exhibit called â€śGirl Groups: The Grit, the Glamour, the Gloryâ€ť on Thursday, January 31.
The exhibit will feature Supremes, the Vandellas, the Marvelettes, the Velvelettes, and the the Andantes.
â€śWe are very proud to exhibit these recording artists and the contributions they have made to music, style, and popular culture,â€ť says Museum Interim CEO Allen Rawls. â€śWe also want to show how they achieved stardom through their persistence, drive, and talent.â€ť
â€śWe all know the music of the Supremes and Martha & the Vandellas, and many people are familiar with the Marvelettes and the Velvelettes,â€ť says exhibit curator Lina Stephens. â€śBut unless you are a Motown aficionado, youâ€™ve probably never even heard of the Andantes. These girls were the vocal equivalent of Motownâ€™s famed studio band, The Funk Brothers, singing background vocals for artists like The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Kim Weston and Stevie Wonder.â€ť
â€śThe Motown Museum hasnâ€™t really focused on specific groups; itâ€™s been more all-encompassing,â€ť Stephens adds. â€śWith this show, we have the opportunity to focus just on the girl groups and tell the largely unknown stories of how they got started.â€ť