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"Duke" Fakir of The Four Tops, Dean Parrish & Gloria Jones of the Velvelettes on Soul Time Radio
"Duke" Fakir of The Four Tops, Dean Parrish & Gloria Jones of the Velvelettes on Soul Time Radio

It's all about the heart of the Detroit Michigan and it's Soul music powerhouse known as Motown Records, plus one great Soul singer from New York on this 2012 episode of Soul Time on Absolute Radio. The host Pete interviews Soul musicians Abdul "Duke" Fakir of The Four Tops, Dean Parrish and Gloria Jones from The Velvelettes by discussing their contributions as some of the most important Motown artists. From 60's Soul to the psychedelic scene of the 70's, Abdul "Duke" Fakir of The Four Tops gives a definitive overview about his illustrious career with The Four Tops and their impact as one of Motown's most successful acts. This casual conversation covers everything from working with producers Holland Dozier Holland, observing Marvin Gaye's songwriting process, to a discussion of Duke's background in music, songwriting influences and process. 

In addition to all the great music and exciting stories of successful Black musicians, one of the highlights of this interview is when Duke gives a first hand story of how he witnessed the invention of "What's Going On" come to fruition from being around the legendary Marvin Gaye at the right place and time. Hear his thoughts about Detroit then and now as Duke explains what The Motor City was like at it's heights of producing musical talent combined with a thriving economy and social scene. This is a great conversation about the past from a talented performer of classics such as "Still Waters Run Deep", "I'll Be There and "Are You Man Enough?" 

 Enjoy the whole show to hear more stories from these 3 musicians who are responsible for a sound of Soul which continues to move crowds, captivate listeners and influence the direction of modern music.

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