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We know Detroit was the birthplace of Motown but there are many other big names who got their breaks in the 'Motor City'. Written by Smooth presenter Dave Brown. Catch him on the Smooth Nightshift weekends from 1am.
Glenn Frey was in a number of local Detroit bands before heading off to California to find fame and fortune with The Eagles. Picture: PA
One of soul music's original superstars was born in Detroit and recorded songs written by a young Berry Gordy such as 'Reet Petite' and 'Lonely Teardrops'. However Jackie became a major player on the Chicago scene when he started recording for Chicago-based Brunswick Records. Picture: Getty
Although born in Tennessee, Aretha moved with her family to Detroit at the age of five and began singing gospel music in her father's Church before turning to secular music aged 18 and eventually garnering the title 'The Queen of Soul'. Picture: PA
Madonna hails from Bay City Michigan but was raised in the Detroit suburb of Pontiac. After dropping out of local college, she moved to New York with 35 dollars in her pocket and the rest is history.
The guy who brought us Ghostbusters and hits such as Jack and Jill with his own band Raydio started his musical career as a 16 year old guitarist in the house band at Detroit's legendary 20 grand club and backed many Motown artists before becoming an in demand session man at Detroit's Invictus label for the former Motown writers Holland Dozier Holland and then playing on many of Barry White's hits and dozens of hits for stars such as Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan , Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner
Raised in a trailer park in Ypsilani Michigan, rock legend James Osterberg A.K.A Iggy Pop eventually cut his teeth gigging in local Detroit bars and high school gyms. He became a musical collaborator with David Bowie after a chance meeting in 1972 and Bowie eventually covered Iggy's song 'China Girl'. His band The Stooges were inducted into The Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame in 2010.
Born in Detroit, it's rumoured Freda auditioned for Motown records in her teens. However she moved to New York in 1963 and forged a career as a respected jazz singer and sometime Broadway performer. In 1969, she was persuaded to return to Detroit to record for former Motown writers Holland-Dozier-Holland's Invictus Records and had the world-wide smash with 'Band Of Gold'. Freda had more hits in the USA but was considered a one hit wonder in the UK.
Jack White and former wife Meg White were originally part of the Detroit underground music scene before becoming one of the biggest bands in the world.
Detroit born Vincent Furnier played in local Detroit bands before moving to Phoenix, Arizona and taking on the name Alice Cooper. He had hits with 'School's Out' and 'Elected' and of course is famed for his gory horror-themed live shows.
After playing with many Detroit musician in the '60s (including a young Glenn Frey who later co-founded The Eagles) Seger formed Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band in the early 70's. Made up of fellow Detroit players, they went on to become one of America's biggest bands famous for hits such as 'Night Moves', 'Against The Wind', and the much covered power ballad 'We've Got Tonight'.