(“The (second) country one”)
Motown had shut down its first dedicated Country & Western subsidiary, Dallas-based Mel-o-dy Records, back in 1965, but Berry Gordy never stopped wondering if there was a way back into the lucrative market.
In 1974, Motown took the plunge and opened a new country imprint, Melodyland Records. Their “big name” marquee signing was Pat Boone, who was joined on the new label by the likes of T.G. Sheppard, Dorsey Burnette, Ronnie Dove, Jud Strunk and Jerry Naylor.
At the start of 1976, a legal challenge from another label already using the “Melodyland” name forced Motown to change their country label to “Hitsville Records” instead. The newly-renamed label was not a huge commercial success, and closed its doors in May of 1977.
Here’s a list of the Melodyland/Hitsville Records singles that have been covered on Motown Junkies so far.
MELODYLAND/HITSVILLE RECORDS: 45 DISCOGRAPHY (incomplete)
(this is just a placeholder, we’re not at 1974 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.)