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By Renee Summers
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Local Motown Legends Honored in Hamtramck


January 9, 2020

Original members of the Marvelettes, the Vandellas, Carolyn Crawford, and Joe Billinslea of the Contours received honors in Hamtramck late last month.

In honor of Motown's 60th Anniversary, State Representative Isaac Robinson hosted five legendary Motown artists to receive special honors on Monday, December 30 at The Film Lab Cinema and Cocktail Lounge in Hamtramck. Receiving honors were Hamtramck native and original member of the Contours Joe Billingslea, Jr., original member of the Marvelettes Katherine Anderson Schaffer, original members of the Vandellas Annette Beard and Rosalind Ashford, and Carolyn Crawford, who signed with Motown when she was 13.

Robinson presented the five Motown legends with the Great Seal of Michigan. Wayne Cou...

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