|The Motown Song|
Single by Rod Stewart featuring The Temptations from the album Vagabond Heart
B-side "Sweet Soul Music" (live)
Genre Rock, R&B, Soul, New Jack Swing, Motown
Length 4:00 (album version)
4:17 (single remix)
Writer(s) Larry John McNally
The Motown Song is a song written and performed by Larry John McNally. It was released in 1986 as part of the Soundtrack to the Motion Picture "Quicksilver" and as well on Larry John McNally's Album Fade To Black. It reached #10 in the US and the UK charts.
The Motown Song was prominently covered in 1991 by Rod Stewart, released on his album Vagabond Heart. It features backing vocals by Motown act The Temptations, with lyrical references to fellow Motown act The Miracles.
Rod Stewart would later include several Motown covers on his 2009 album, Soulbook.
The music video to the Rod Stewart cover was produced by Animation City, an animation company in London, England, directed by Derek Hayes. It followed the success of the recent Madonna video, "Dear Jessie" and Elton John's, "Club at the End of the Street", by the same company.
It paid tribute to Motown, and affectionately poked fun at other chart stars of the time, featuring animated versions of The Temptations, The Supremes, Vanilla Ice, Sinéad O'Connor, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Elton John, alongside both a live action and animated Rod Stewart, and his animated dog.