(“The obscure one”)
Technically speaking, Inferno wasn’t really a Motown label at all. Founded by Harry Balk in 1967, Inferno was absorbed by the Motown empire when Berry Gordy Jr. bought out Balk in 1968. Inferno had released four singles before the Motown takeover, and would put three more out under Motown’s aegis before closing down in late 1968. A well-known figure on the Detroit scene, Balk went on to a career as a Motown exec. Of all the Motown-distributed labels during the pre-1972 Hitsville era, Inferno may be the most obscure of the lot.
Here’s a list of the Inferno Records singles that have been covered on Motown Junkies so far.
THE INFERNO RECORDS SINGLES: THE MOTOWN YEARS
(this is just a placeholder, we’re not at 1968 yet!)
(Click a song title to read a full review of that side. NB: The coloured numbers after each title indicate the highly subjective mark out of ten I gave that song on the day I happened to write about it. They weren’t intended to be taken too seriously.)