by Ritchie Hardin

If this is your first visit here - welcome! This page explains how the site works, and how best to use it, so do spare a few moments to read on before you take the plunge inside.

Since 2003, the DFTMC website has been a steady learning process for both Keith and myself, and we hope you enjoy the results of our efforts.

It is now our intention to update the content whenever new releases are announced or additional details come to light, rather than publishing numbered editions as we have in the past. This way, we hope that DFTMC can be kept as up to date and accurate as possible. Updates will not be announced as such, but you can always check the info panel at the foot of the home page to find the date of the latest revisions.

Recently, an acquaintance asked me what DFTMC was all about. When I explained, he shrugged and said, so it's just another discography, then?
I replied, he could say that, but only if he thought Motown is "just another record label."

But that's enough chat, let's get down to the real nitty gritty....

The DFTMC format
1. THE TITLES LISTINGS

This is the general format used for each song on the Titles pages

Song title (Composer) publisher

Artist 1 [Recording details if known] Producer credit / Arranger credit

Original vinyl release date / Label / Catalogue number

CD issue release date / CD catalogue number / CD title

Artist 2 [Recording details if known] Producer credit / Arranger credit

Original vinyl release date / Label / Catalogue number

CD issue release date / CD catalogue number / CD title

And here is a typical entry

Navigating the Titles pages

Titles are listed alphabetically from A to Z. In most cases, there are many song entries for a particular initial letter. As a result, the titles listings have been further divided into 'sub-pages' for each letter.

For example, listings for the letter I run to a total of 19 pages. In this instance, clicking the initial I on the homepage will open the I index, which lists all sub-pages for songs beginning with I. The first and last titles on each of these sub-pages are shown for easy selection of a particular group of songs. Again using title letter I as an example, I page 13 contains titles beginning with I'm and those beginning with I'm Not can be found on page 14.

You can also start at from Titles Index page, where you can find a complete listing of all the titles pages. Hopefully, all of this should make the site relatively easy to navigate, and tracking down your favourite songs should not be too difficult.

Abbreviations used in Titles section

(E) : electronically reprocessed stereo
(M) : mono
(S) : stereo
bv : backing vocals
cv : commercial version
GW : Golden World
L.A. : Los Angeles
N.Y. : New York City
odb : overdub
OSS : outside session
promo : promotional version
TFC : tape filing card
v : version

2. THE ARTISTS LISTINGS

This is the general format used for each entry in the Artists Pages

Surname, First Name or Group (See below for naming conventions used)

Song title 1

Song title 2

Song title 3

Song title 4

 

And here is a typical entry

Note: three artists have been allocated their own pages, linked from within the main alphabetical listings:

Marvin Gaye (accessed from 'G' Artists page)
Miracles (from 'M')
Supremes (from 'S')

Hyperlinks to songs on Artists pages

Each title listed under an artist's name is a hyperlink to the page on which that song appears, in the Titles section.
NOTE: For ease of use, each Titles page will open in a new tab/window. Simply scroll down the page to locate the song you're looking for, and close the window when you're done. This will enable you to check details of an artist's different recordings without continually needing to click back again all the time.

3. NAMING CONVENTIONS FOR ARTISTS

Solo Artists are listed by surname, followed by first name : e.g. Holland, Eddie

Duos are listed similarly : e.g. Gaye, Marvin & Tammi Terrell

Groups are listed by simple name only : e.g. under 'M' for Marvelettes, not under 'T' for The Marvelettes
In the case of compound names, the featured artist is listed first : e.g. Knight, Gladys and the Pips

4. HELP! I'M LOST...
Don't worry - wherever you are on the site, clicking on the DFTMC logo at the top of any page will always return you 'home' to the main index.

Happy exploring!

Truly yours, Ritchie Hardin