DETROIT, Michigan (CNN) - If you don't count the Pistons and Red Wings, Detroit is known for two things: automobiles and Motown.
So it made sense that Mike Huckabee made an unscheduled stop at the Motown Historical Museum Friday after giving a speech at the Detroit Economic Club on Michigan's languishing manufacturing sector.
Huckabee and his wife Janet had a private guided tour of the legendary R&B studio, which was opened by Berry Gordy, Jr. in 1959 and became a musical juggernaut, launching the careers of soul legends like the Temptations and Marvin Gaye.
"I've never have been to Motown," Huckabee said, calling it "one of those spots on a musicians life's tour that you've got to make sooner or later." He called Motown's success a testament to why music and arts education needs to be a priority in the American school system.
Their tour ended in the famous "Studio A," where the museum guide instructed Huckabee and his wife to perform a choreographed version of "My Girl" for reporters and camera crews, who laughed as Huckabee smiled and mumbled his way through the chorus.
After the tour they poked around the gift shop before leaving.
Huckabee made another off the record stop after that, meeting with Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick at his downtown office. The campaign said Mayor Kilpatrick had called Huckabee earlier in the day and requested he stop by to chat.
- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby