Re: Standing In The Shadows Of Motown MOVIE


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Posted by Scott Bassett on October 24, 2001 at 20:46:58:

In Reply to: Standing In The Shadows Of Motown MOVIE posted by BassLand on October 24, 2001 at 11:06:44:

This should be a great movie. My personal interest stems from not only growing up with this music (I am 45 now), but also because one of the top Motown execs lived three doors down. His name was Barney Ales. He was not involved in the artistic end of the business. I recall that his job was to get the Motown/Tamla records into the stores all over the world. I think he eventually became the number two exec at Motown, second only to Berry Gordy himself. I grew up in Livonia, which is a suburb of Detroit. Then, as now, Livonia is nearly all white. In the early and mid-60's, blacks just didn't easily visit Livonia. But Livonia was where Barney Ales lived, and sometimes at night limos with Motown recording artists would show up at the Ales house. Barney's oldest son, Steve, was my age and we hung out together for several years until, with his Motown earnings, Barney moved his family to a fancier suburb. We used to play in the Ales basement (one of the few finished basements in the neighborhood). I recall that they had a jukebox in the basement and gold records in frames on the wall. I was in elementary school at the time, so I really didn't appreciate the historical significance of what I was seeing up close.
A couple of years ago at age 43 I decided to try my hand at a musical instrument (the electric bass) in order to form a jazz quartet with some of my legal colleagues. We have tried a few Motown songs as well. As a rookie, trying to duplicate Jamerson's bass lines is a real challenge.
I am looking forward to the public release of the movie. There was all this history going on around me when I was a kid, and the movie should help me understand what was really happening at the time.


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