Kim Weston was an American soul/R&B singer signed to Motown in the 1960s.
As a teenager, she joined a touring gospel group called The Wright Specials (they later signed to Motown, without her). She signed with the Motown label in 1961 and despite achieving her some success as a solo artist throughout the decade, is best-known for her duet with Marvin Gaye, “It Takes Two”, in 1966. Kim was married to Motown songwriter and producer William “Mickey” Stevenson (who produced and co-wrote “It Takes Two”). She, along with her husband, left Motown in 1967 and later sued the company over royalties.
Kim went on to record at various different labels, including Stax (which makes her one of few artists to have recorded at both Motown and Stax), with little success. She largely disappeared from the music industry in the 1970s and 1980s.
British Northern Soul DJ Ian Levine was offered a chance to record with Kim, and the resulting single “Signal Your Intention” hit #1 on the UK Hi-NRG charts and was met with enthusiasm from Motown fans. She brought other former Motown acts to the label, which then became Motorcity Records. She cut several more singles and recorded enough material for two albums at the company.
Marvellous Motown currently recommends four songs by Kim Weston – click on the link above for our archive or click on a specific song below: