by Keith Hughes


The Motown Detroit Session Logbooks
The Motown Library Artist and Tape Filing Card Indexes
The Motown 45-RPM and LP Label Copy Files
The Jobete Music Company Catalog, January, 1959 / March 31, 1967; and Supplements

Courtesy Motown Records Archives.


Bartlette, Reginald J., Off The Record: Motown By Master Number 1959-1989 Volume 1: Singles (Ann Arbor, MI: Popular Culture Ink., 1991)

Bianco, David, Heat Wave (Ann Arbor MI: Pierian Press, 1991)

Frewin, Gordon, Motown Discography, from Davis, Sharon, Motown: The History (Enfield, Mddx. England: Guinness, 1988)

Green, Roger, 1960s USA Motown Singles (London, England: Roger Green, 1985)

Green, Roger, 1960s USA Motown Albums (London, England: Roger Green, 1987)

Waller, Don, The Motown Story (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1985

There are now innumerable books and websites containing partial or complete Motown discographies. The books listed above were used extensively in earlier editions of DFTMC, before primary sources became available to us, and so deserve special mention.


First and foremost, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Roger Green, without whose persuasion and help Don't Forget The Motor City would never have got started.

Thanks also to Chris Jenner, John Lester, and Andy Rix, who guided me on my way through the early editions, helping to make each one longer and more accurate than its predecessor, and have continued to provide support, criticism and new information as the editions have rolled by. And in recent years, Paul Nixon has been of huge help, digging untiringly into his enormous CD collection at my slightest whim: thanks, Paul!

Those with long memories may recall that early editions of DFTMC appeared in book form. Just when I had decided the work had become too large to print and sell at a price that would cover its costs, Ritchie Hardin came along and offered to make it available to the world through his web site. You wouldn't be reading these words if he hadn't. Cheers!

And special thanks to Harry Weinger of Universal Music Enterprises for his enthusiasm, for encouraging us to keep it going, and for providing access to the original Motown paperwork, making DFTMC without question the most authoritative Motown discography ever published.

Other contributors, both great and small, include the following:

Alex Podlecki, Andrew Flory, Andy Skurow, Bill Dahl, Bill Lord, Bill Staiger, Bob Cattaneo, Bob McClure, Bob McGrath, Christopher Lehman, Dan & Marie Leighton, Dan Verona, Dave Baynite, Dave Crawley, Davee B, David Bell, Eric Charge, Evan Mayo, Garrett Jamieson, George Solomon, Graham Thomas, Ivor Westacott, J.B. Pintus, Jim Moorehouse, Jim Stewart, John Anderton, John Frazer, John Manship, John S. Rothenberg, Ken Charmer, Ken Sharp, Kevin Cooke, Kingsley Abbott, Lars Nilsson, Mark Harley, Martin Grossman, Martin Koppell, Michael Bridgman, Michael Fitzgerald, Mick Wilding, Per Larsson, Pete Gregory, Pete Lowrie, Phil Healy, Ray Puzey, Reade King, Reg Bartlette, Richard Hughes, Rob Foster, Robb Klein, Ron Murphy, Sandra Robinson, Steve Devereux, Stu Hackel, Terry Wilson, Tom Creeden, and Tony Leong.

I'm sure I've omitted a few people, to whom I offer my sincere apologies. Wherever you are, you were a part of this. Thank-you. And thank-you as well to the many folk - too many to list - who have written to us simply to express their appreciation of the site.

The final credit has appeared in every edition to date and will no doubt continue to do so for however long I can keep it up: to my brother, Martin Hughes, who has had to put in more hours listening to me talking about this project than any author has a right to expect.

The errors and omissions remain my sole responsibility. If you have found this site useful, and you know something I don't, please feel free to contact me at

Keith Hughes,
July 2015