Magazine September 7, 2020, Issue

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Smokey Robinson and the Miracles perform in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1964. (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Knight Train

I enjoyed Armond White’s piece “Motown” in your wonderful July 27 issue. I am a white Baby Boomer and an unapologetic, devoted fan of the gorgeous pop music of the Carpenters, but I’ve always enjoyed Motown as well. I particularly adore “Midnight Train to Georgia,” by Gladys Knight and the Pips. Though Mr. White didn’t mention the song in his article, it exemplifies the spirit of Motown (despite having been released by Buddah Records) that his article conveyed. Written by a former Ole Miss quarterback (pre-integration); memorably performed by a classic Motown group (“woo, woo”); telling the story of a

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