30 Days Out (from Christmas): Motown, Part 1
Day Two – Nobody in the music industry is above a little holiday exploitation, and Berry Gordy’s Motown label was certainly no exception. Gordy often put his star roster to work in the early summer recording finger poppin’ versions of holiday classics and a few originals, in hopes that he’d find a gold record under the Christmas tree. Some of these are classics – Stevie Wonder’s “Ave Maria” is one of the better holiday records ever made – while others have justifiably faded into the mists of time. There are so many Motown holiday songs, we’ll visit Detroit again on our 30-day Christmas odyssey.