The Contours performed their first Motown million-seller in 1962 with the release of “Do You Love Me (Now That I Can
Dance).” Original group members included Joe Billingslea, Huey Davis, Billy Gordon, Billy Hoggs, Hubert Johnson
and Sylvester Potts, who were signed by Berry Gordy, Jr., in 1960. Known for high-energy, acrobatic choreography
and stage antics, the Contours’ performance philosophy was to give audiences their money’s worth . . . and more.
(Legend has it that an early member was kicked out of the group because, well, because he couldn’t dance!)
Despite numerous personnel changes, the group continued to hit the charts during its seven years at Motown, with hits
like Smokey Robinson’s comically candid overture to greed, “First I Look at the Purse,” released in 1965.