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Motown Artists On The Acoustic

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Welcome to my Motown artists page featuring artists such as Bill Withers, John Hiatt, James Brown and others. 

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Artist son this page:
Bill Withers - Billy Vera
Cab Calloway - George McCrea
James Brown - Jimmy Soul
John Hiatt - Kool & The Gang
Muddy Waters - Percy Sledge
Robert Johnson - Shirley & Lee
Solomon Burke - Stevie Wonder
The Cornelius Brothers
The Four Tops - The Spinners

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1. A Place In The Sun - Stevie Wonder

a place in the sun stevie wonder

A Place In The Sun was a #3 on the R&B chart for Stevie Wonder and hails from his 1966 album Down To Earth.

It was one of his first songs to include social commentary in the song.



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2. Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers

aint no sunshine bill withers

Ain't No Sunshine was a single by Bill Withers back in 1971 and hails from his album Just As I Am. Donald Duck Dunn from The Blues Brothers played bass and Stephen Stills played guitar. 

The song reached #3 in the US and #9 in Canada.


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3. All The Lilacs In Ohio - John Hiatt

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All The Lilacs In Ohio was written by John Hiatt for his 2021 album Leftover Feelings.

The track was not released as a single.


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4. At This Moment - Billy Vera

at this moment billy vera

At This Moment was recorded live by Billy Vera and his band in 1981 while performing at the Roxy in West Hollywood.

The initial release saw average response reaching #79, but later in 1987 it appeared on the TV Show Family Ties with Michael J Fox. After that,

the song hit #1.


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5. Bernadette - The Four Tops

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Bernadette is an older song from 1967 from The Four Tops and hit #4 on Billboard and #3 on the R&B charts.

The song is from the album Reach Out.


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6. Celebration - Kool And The Gang

celebration kool and the gang

Celebration was a huge hit for Kool And The Gang reaching #1 in several countries when it was released in 1980.

It was their only single to top Billboards Hot 100 and can be found on the album Celebrate.

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7. Cherish The Love - Kool And The Gang

cherish kool and the gang

Cherish was a #1 in both the US and Canada back in 1985 and was the bands last #1 hit song.

The track hails from their album Emergency.

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8. Cry To Me - Solomon Burke

cry to me solomon burke

Cry To Me was released in 1962 and went to #5 on the R&B charts for Solomon Burke. A fee other artists went on to record the song including The Rolling Stones.

The song never appeared on an album by Solomon Burke.


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9. Feels Like Rain - John Hiatt

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Feels Like Rain by John Hiatt was a track on his 1988 album Slow Turning.

The track was never released by him as a single but it was recorded by Buddy Guy for his 1993 album of the same name.


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10. Fresh - Kool And the Gang

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Fresh is a Kool And The Gang song fro their 1984 album Emergency.

This one was a #1 hit in both the US and Canada and hit #11 in the UK.

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11. Going Loco Down In Acapulco - The Four Tops

loco in acapulco the four tops

Going Loco Down In Acapulco or a.k.a. Loco In Acapulco is from the 1988 album Indestructable.

The highest ranking was in the UK at #7.


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12. Have A Little Faith In Me - John Hiatt

have a little faith in me john hiatt

Have A Little Faith In Me never charted in the US when it was released in 1987 but did chart in Australia at #63 and #14 in The Netherlands.

The track is from John's album Bring The Family.

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13. I Believe (When I Fall In Love) - Stevie Wonder

i believe when i fall in love stevie wonder

I Believe was written by Stevie Wonder and Yvonne Wright and can be found on his 1972 album Talking Book.

This song was never released as a single.

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14. I Feel Good - James Brown

i feel good james brown

I Feel Good or as it's officially called I Got You I Feel Good, was released in 1965 from the 1965 album Out Of Sight.

The song hit #1 on the R&B charts and #3 on Billboard. It has become his signature song down through the decades.


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15. I Got My Mojo Workin - Muddy Waters

got my mojo working muddy waters

I Got My Mojo Working was first recorded by Ann Cole in 1956. She was an opening act for Muddy Waters and even used his band. The following years, Muddy Waters decided to alter the lyrics slightly and came up with a new arrangement.

The song made it into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1957 as a song that helped shaped Rock N Roll.



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16. I Just Called To Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder

i just called to say i love you stevie wonder

I Just Called To Say I Love You was a monster #1 hit for Stevie Wonder is several countries when it was released in 1984.

This song topped 19 different charts across the world and to date is his highest selling single.


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17. I Wish It Would Rain - The Temptations

i wish it would rain the temptations

I Wish It Would Rain was a 1968 single release by The Temptations from their album of the same name.

The song charted at #1 on the US R&B charts and #4 on Billboard.


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18. If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul

if you wanna be happy jimmy soul

If You Wanna Be Happy was a spinoff from a song dating back to 1934 called Ugly Woman. Jimmy Soul recored his version in 1963 and scored a #1 on the Hot 100 and the R&B charts.

The song hails from the album of the same name.


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19. It's A Mans Mans Mans World - James Brown

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It's A Mans Mans Mans World was another #1 R&B hit for James Brown in 1966.

The song hails from the album Soul On Top.


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20. It's A Shame - The Spinners

its a shame the spinners

It's A Shame was released in 1970 by The Spinners. Stevie Wonder helped write the song with two other writers. The Spinners had their first hit with this song in more than a decade, reaching #3 on the R&B chart

and #14 on Billboard. The track can be found on the album 2nd Time Around.


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21. It's The Same Old Song - The Four Tops

its the same old song the four tops

It's The Same Old Song was released as a single back in 1965 by The Four Tops made it to #2 on the R&B chart.

This song became their signature song and hails from their album Four Tops Second Album.


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22. Just The Two Of Us - Bill Withers

just the two of us bill withers

Just The Two Of Us hit the airwaves in 1981 and became a #2 hit in the US and was recorded with Grover Washington Jr.

The track can be found on the album Bill Wither's Greatest Hits.

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23. Lean On Me - Bill Withers

lean on me bill withers

Lean On Me was the only #1 hit from Bill Withers and it happened in 1972. It hit the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Soul chart.

The song hails from the album Still Bill.

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24. Let The Good Times Roll - Shirley & Lee

let the good times roll shirley and lee

Let The Good Times Roll is a single from Shirley And Lee released back in 1956 and was written by the duo.

The song peaked at #20 in the US and is from the album of the same name.

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25. Lovely Day - Bill Withers

lovely day bill withers

Lovely Day is a single released from the 1977 Bill Withers album Menagerie.

The song managed to hit #6 in the US and #7 in the UK.

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26. Me And the Devil Blues  - Robert Johnson

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Me And The Devil Blues was the last song recorded by Robert Johnson in a warehouse in Dallas Texas that was converted into a makeshift recording studio.

The song was released as a single in 1938.


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27. Minnie The Moocher - Cab Calloway

minnie the moocher cab calloway

Minnie The Moocher was first recorded by Cab Calloway way back in 1931 and it's been the first jazz song to sell over a million copies. It was the biggest chart topper in 1931.

It's also one of the hardest scat songs to duplicate because it's so fast. Cab also appeared in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers singing this number.


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28. Rock Your Baby - George McCrea

rock your baby george mccrea

Rock Your Baby was a debut single for George McCrea and was a huge international hit, reaching #1 in the US and the UK and is one of only 40 songs to sell over 10 million copies.

The song hails from the album of the same name.


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29. Signed Sealed Delivered (I'm Yours) - Stevie Wonder

signed sealed delivered stevie wonder

Signed Sealed & Delivered was a #1 hit on the R&B charts for Stevie Wonder in 1970 and hit #3 on the Pop charts.

The song hails from the album of the same name.


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30. Superstition - Stevie Wonder

superstition stevie wonder

Superstition was a #1 on two charts in the US back in 1972. 

The song hails from his album Talking Book. This has a great groove when playing it on the acoustic guitar.


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31. Tennessee Plates - John Hiatt

tennessee plates john hiatt

Tennessee Plates is a single off of the 1988 album Slow Turning from John Hiatt.

The song unfortunately never charted, but it's a great tune for the acoustic.


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32. Too Late To Turn Back Now - The Cornelius Brothers

too late to turn back now the cornelius brothers

Too Late To Turn Back Now was a 1972 single release by The Cornelius Brothers And Sister Rose. The song reached #2 on the R&B kept out of #1 by Lean On Me by Bill Withers. The song also reached #5 on Billboard.

The song is from the album Cornelius Brothers And Sister Rose.


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33. Try Me - James Brown

try me james brown

Try Me was released by James Brown And The Flames in 1958 from the albumPlease Please Please. They scored their first #1 R&B hit with thie release.

The song was actually re-released again later in 1965 and hit #43 on the charts.


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34. Use Me - Bill Withers

use me bill withers

Use Me was a #2 hit in the US for Bill Withers back in 1972.

The song can be found on his album Still Bill.


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35. Walkin Blues - Robert Johnson

walkin blues robert johnson

Walkin Blues was written by Delta Blues musician Son House in 1930 and was recorded by both Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. 

The song was not a commercial success in those days.


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36. When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge

when a man loves a woman percy sledge

When A Man Loves A Woman became a #1 hit for Percy Sledge back in 1966 on both the R&B and Billboard charts. Later it was a success for singles John Wesley Ryles in 1976, Bette Midler in 1980 and Michael Bolton in 1991.

The song is from the Percy Sledge album of the same name.


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