The Contours

Joe Billingslea
Al Chisholm
Charles Davis
Gary Grier
Odell Jones

One of the best moments of the Motor City Music Legends show was when The Contours took the stage. The crowd cheered and the music began. Their vocal blends were just as pitch perfect as in the 1960's. The Contours wore the most beautiful dinner jackets and were so in tune it just blew me away. Karen and I tried to catch up with them backstage but they must have zoomed out the backdoor. I did go find Q from ? and the Mysterians...

The Contours

As I was working in Scott Morgan's booth I couldn't run around and leave the merchandise unsupervised. So the best I could do is step backward in the booth and zoom in on the stage with my camera.

The Original Version later made funky by The J Geils Band

In 1960, Berry Gordy Jr. signed a talented group of vocalists called THE CONTOURS as one of Motown's first acts. Forty-eight years later, under the direction and leadership of Joe Billingslea this legendary group continues to shake 'em down. During their distinguished careers, THE CONTOURS have entertained tens of millions of fans and have sold millions of records along the way. They are ranked as one of the top 500 R&B artists of all time according to "Top R&B Singles 1952-1995" compiled from Billboard Magazine's charts.

In the 1960's, the group charted eight hits, including Motown's first million-seller and its fastest-rising hit of all time, "Do You Love Me." In 1988, after the release of the movie, "Dirty Dancing", starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, "Do You Love Me," which was a featured song in the movie roared back on the charts, outselling its original performance many times over.

THE CONTOURS are still recording and they continue to perform a large number of dates each year, thrilling audiences with their outstanding vocals and polished choreography. Their show is one every Motown, oldies, doo-wop or R&B fan should see, and see often. Because each performance is different than the last, their show never gets stale no matter how many times you see it. In 2008, THE CONTOURS are truly better than they have ever been!

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