Post by Emerald City on Oct 9, 2005 10:03:10 GMT -5
MOTOWN'S FIRST ENGINEER ROBERT BATEMAN ENTERPRISING
Motown's first engineer, and bass singer of the Satintones (the labels first all male group) is heading in the direction of Puffy, and the rest of the rap industry. Bateman is considering manufacturing a line of clothing called "Gordy". "The clothing line will be high fashion and classy" said Bateman. "I'm in discussion with Berry (Gordy) about the idea" said Bateman. "Gordy" is the last name of Motown record founder Berry Gordy.
Bateman is well recognized amongst the Motown elite, and is considered amongst the rarer of the Motown stars that are most visible.
The Satintones broke on the Motown scene in 1960.
When Gordy opened the company, they were the first male singing group on the label. The original members were Bateman, Charles "Chico" Leverett, James Ellis and Sonny Sanders.
Songs such as "My Beloved," "Motor City," "Tomorrow and Always," "Angel," "I Know How It Feels," and "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart" cost a pretty penny now days; a single 45 can cut into your pockets for nearly $2,000 in mint condition.
"Tomorrow and Always" created some controversy, and a lawsuit (which Motown lost); the answer song not only answered the Shirelles' hit, it ripped "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" off note for note.