Oh how I dreamt of running away to 2648 Woodward Ave. in Detroit in my pre-teen years. I am not sure what my contribution would have been, but, I knew my passion would be fuel for great opportunities. Instead, I live vicariously through Mr. Abrams who was there until 1966. Mr. Gordy has to be commended to have a very integrated staff in the early 60s when lines were still very much in evidence.
Its exciting to read about the going ones in those little rooms in that little house. Once you visit Hitsville, U.S.A., its hard to phantom, the creative intensity that bred through these walls.
Mr. Abrams was tasked as head of Publicity. And he did an admirable job especially considering Motown was not necessarily located in an entertainment centre like New York City or Hollywood until the 70s.
But by 1964, when The Supremes and "Where Did Our Love Go" brought Motown to the masses, Mr. Abrams worked each American city and then the major world centers into welcoming, "The Sound of Young America".
It ends far too early for it doesn't even capture one of its most triumphant years in 1968, but, 1964 was fairly amazing to read about in such detail.