Inspired: Tamla Motown UK Tour, 1965

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Born in Peckham in 1936, Dave Godin was an atheist, a pacifist, and founder of the Tamla Motown Appreciation Society. Godin’s support for America’s civil rights movement underpinned his belief that blues and soul music gained their special force from the historical context in which they were created. When The Supremes, The Miracles, Martha and the Vandellas, and “Little” Stevie Wonder arrived at London airport in 1965, Godin was there to welcome them. They were joined by British star Georgie Fame and performed in 20 cities in England, Scotland and Wales.

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