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Supremely influential

Thanks to James Reed for his excellent article in Sunday’s Globe that shed light on the fuller picture of the seminal year of 1964 (“Twist & shout,” SundayArts, Feb. 9). He is one of the few journalists who has focused attention on the “other” cultural/social phenomena of that year — especially Motown.

As a Motown historian and former executive assistant for Mary Wilson of The Supremes, I have had the opportunity to see and hear firsthand the influential role artists like The Supremes played in the 1960s. The Supremes were trendsetters who broke down social, racial, and gender barriers more effectively than any other American artists. Their music helped bridge the gaps between blacks and whites during a turbulent time in our history. And thus, in their own way, The Supremes’ impact on the times was as far-reaching as The Beatles’.

I have a Tuesday morning radio show on WCUW 91.3 FM in Worcester — “The Motown Jukebox” — through which I am keeping the music alive. I hope the Globe will consider doing a full feature on The Supremes’ 50th anniversary later this year.



Tom Ingrassia Productions


Nothing odd about it

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It’s too bad Mark Feeney doesn’t like George Clooney; otherwise his piece on ‘Monuments Men’ (“Peculiar pairings in ‘Monuments Men,’ SundayArts, Feb. 9) would have been a movie review rather than Clooney bashing. Feeney’s lack of knowledge is showing. Civilians (including journalists) visiting war zones during the world wars and Korea wore military-style uniforms. This is (was) not an “oddball double life.” It was required.

Feeney’s incomplete review and prejudice have become an incentive for my friends and me to see the movie. Actually, we planned to go anyway for its historical content.


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Voices from the past

Nice remembrance by James Reed of coming of age and the music you grew to love (“Recalling a childhood of sweet harmonies,” SundayArts, Feb. 9). I can relate. The harmonies that were once heard across the board in so much pop/rock music aren’t heard as often with new and emerging music, and that’s a loss. Hopefully, new and emerging musical artists will continue to find inspiration in the bands that made harmony their signature.



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Her star shines

Ty Burr’s appreciation of Shirley Temple (“Much to applaud in Shirley Temple, then and now,” A1, Feb. 12) was very well done and a well-deserving review of an American icon. One can’t underestimate what she meant to so many during the Depression era.


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She was such a beautiful little girl who carried class and great spirit throughout her entire life. Thanks for the memories.


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What a class act she was. I didn’t agree with her politics, but her seriousness of purpose and her integrity were admirable. So it was always welcome news to hear that she’d taken on yet another responsibility for her country. They really don’t make them like that anymore, do they?


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The young stars of today’s culture do not have her innocence. Too bad. They have become drug addicts, etc., not role models you want your young children to follow.


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Remarkable story

Fantastic piece by James Sullivan on the trans issue (“Transgender revolutionary,” SundayArts, Feb. 9). The more non-hysterical, everyday treatment of this, the better. Alex Myers seems like an amazing guy with a quite remarkable story.



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