Following on from last month when we learned of the passing of original Marvelette Georgia Dobbins, I thought we could spend some time talking about her and the actual single that launched the group's career. Much of what follows has been sourced from published and unpublished items that I've unearthed these past couple of weeks.
It was in October 1981, after an eighteen-year association with EMI Records, that Motown switched to RCA/BMG Records.
As you know, during lockdown I embarked on a huge tidy-up of my office, unearthing items I'd forgotten about and re-discovering those I had misplaced. My photo library still needs urgent attention but did put the drawers of news clippings, magazines and so on in some sort of order.
Let's start with some good news. Walt Disney Studios plan to develop a biopic based on Lionel Richie's music. Apparently, he has an existing relationship with the studios through his role on ABC's American Idol, and sold the pitch to them earlier this year. The working title is "All Night Long", Peter Chiarelli is the scriptwriter, with Lionel serving as executive producer. And, th