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"Sugar pie honey bunch/
You know that I love you/
I can't help myself/
I love you and nobody else..."
- Four Tops
"Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey
Bunch)"
"As I walk this land of broken dreams/
I have visions of many things/
but happiness is just an illusion/
Filled with sadness and confusion..."
- Jimmy Ruffin
"What Becomes Of The
Brokenhearted?"
"You were better to me than I've been to
myself/
For me, there's you and there ain't
nobody else/
I want to stop and thank you baby/
I just want to stop and thank you
baby..."
- Marvin Gave
"How Sweet It Is "
"Baby, I don't like you, but I need you/
Don't wanna kiss you, but I need to/
Though you do me wrong now, my love
is strong now..."
- Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
"You Really Got a Hold On Me"
"It's like a heatwave/
Burnin' like a heatwave/
Deep in my heart/
I can't keep from cryin'/
It's tearin'me apart.."
- Martha Reeves and The Vandellas
"Love Is Like a Heatwave"
"People say I'm the life of the party/
cause I tell a joke or two/
Although I might be laughing loud and
hearty/

Deep inside I'm blue..."
- Smokey Robinson
"Tracks Of My Tears "
"My cherie amour, lovely as a summer
day/
My cherie amour, distant as the milky
way/
My cherie amour, pretty little one that I
adore/
You're the only girl my heart beats for/
How I wish that you were mine..."
- Stevie Wonder
"Mv Cherie Amour"
"When my way was dark/
And trouble was near/
Your love provided the light/
So I could see, girl./
Just knowing your love was near/
When times were bad/
Kept the world from closing in on me./
I was blessed the day I found you/

I'm gonna build my whole world
around you/
You're everything good, girl/
And you're all that matter to me..."
- The Temptations
"You're My Everything"
"Please Mister Postman, look and see!
If there's a letter in your bag for me/
Why's it takin' such a long time/
For me to hear from that boy of
mine..."
- The Marvelettes
"Please Mr: Postman"
"Stop, in the name of love/
Before you break my heart/
Stop, in the name of love/
Before you break my heart/
Think it over/
Think it over..."
- The Supremes
"Stop, In The Name of Love "

By Caitlin Hall
Daily Arts Writer
Everyone knows about Michael, but
whatever happened to Jermaine?
The Motown artists of the '60s and
'70s, such as The Jackson 5 and other
performers, made remarkable achieve-
ments musically and led the way for a
new chapter in music history. Detroit
was the place for new talent, and the new
label, Motown, helped promote these
new acts.
Some former pop and soul stars are
still performing musically and acting as
well. Web sites www.allmusic.com and
www.wallofsound.com report that
Motown artists such as the Jacksons
have had diverse and turbulent careers
since they stopped performing as a
group under the Motown label.
The Jackson 5, one of the most suc-
cessful pop groups of the '70s, was made
up of five brothers: Jackie, Tito,
Jermaine, Marlon and Michael. The
group was formed in 1966 by the boys'
father, Joe.
In 1970, the group's first four singles
reached No. 1. The group continued its
success the next year, and in 1972
Motown developed Michael and
Jermaine into solo acts. Four of the
brothers went to Epic Records in 1975,
but Jermaine stayed with Motown.
Jermaine Jackson eventually married
Hazel, the daughter of Motown label
founder Berry Gordy. He also had several

hits in the '70s, one of which, "Let's Get
Serious' was written by Stevie Wonder.
But Jermaine left Motown in 1983 for
Arista Records, where he had some suc-
cess. Jackson rejoined his brothers in
1984 for the "Victory" tour.
Jermaine's most recent album, "Word
to the Badd," got out to the urban radio
stations in 1991. The song was seen as an
attack on his more successful brother
Michael. Jermaine hasn't been in the
news musically for some time since.
Other former Motown stars still per-
form. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas,
known for hits such as "Heat Wave,"
"Dancing in the Street" and "Nowhere to
Run," have not stopped performing. But
they did take a break from performing as
a group. Reeves originally was a secre-
tary at Motown Records and the group
she formed was called "The Vel" until the
musicians took the name "Vandellas"
from Reeves' heroine, Della Reese.
After its initial success, the group
broke up in December of 1972. Reeves
started a solo career and had to sue
Motown to get out of her contract.
Reeves then suffered several break-
downs that led to her institutionalization.
More bad relations with the Motown
record label followed in 1989, when
Reeves and former Vandellas Annette
Beard and Rosalind Ashford sued
Motown for back royalty payments. They
succeeded, and renewed success followed.
In 1994, Martha Reeves published her

autobiography, "Dancing in the Street."
In the book, Reeves claims that Martha
Reeves and the Vandellas could have
been more successful if Berry Gordy
had put as much effort into improving
and promoting them as he did to Diana
Ross and the Supremes.
But in spite of the turbulent history of
the group, Martha Reeves and the
Vandellas have periodically reunited for
concerts during the '90s.
Another famous Motown girl group
from the same era, Diana Ross and the
Supremes, no longer performs as an
ensemble.
Diana Ross and the Supremes, known
for hits such as "Baby Love," was one of
Motown's most successful pop acts with
12 No. 1 hits. The group was led by

Diana Ross, who went on t
successful solo career.
Ross became a successfu
former as well as an actres:
in a film version of a biogr,
Holiday, "Lady Sings th
November of 1972. Ross' t
ognized with an Academy
nation, and the soundtrack
went to No. 1 on the charts.
Ross went on to make a
10 albums in the '70s. Afte
success she went back to a
role in 1978's "The Wiz
starred in a film titled "1
May 1979.
The early '80s were im
for Ross. In 1980, she had t
of her musical career, "End

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"A-B-C! Easy as 1-2-3!
Simple as Do-Re-Mi!/
A-B-C! 1-2-3! Baby you and
me, girl!/
A-B-C! 1-2-3! That's how easy
love can be!/
That's how easy love can be!/
Sing the simple melody/
1-2-3 you and me!"

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