On rare occasions, Motown artists recorded pop tunes that were not written in-house at the “Motown Hit Factory”
Motown Records, founded by songwriter Berry Gordy, Jr.,employed their own in-house writing staff with the likes of The Holland Brothers, Lamont Dozier, Smokey Robinson, Ashford & Simpson and more. Usually these in-house songs were published by Gordy’s own publishing Company Jobete, so everything in the Motown Sound Factory was pretty much self contained.
Of course Motown did not employ every single songwriter in the USA — so they were always on the lookout for superb song gems outside of the “Hit Factory” and on rare occasions the Motown artists would cover a current pop hit or undiscovered gem of a tune. These are those songs blogged about here at OSML in the category “Motown Covers Pop!” Hope you enjoy the music.