Posts Tagged ‘Motown’

Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever

August 25, 2019

“Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever,” written by Ivy Jo Hunter and Stevie Wonder and recorded by the Four Tops, 1966.

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Shake Me, Wake Me When It’s Over

August 11, 2019

“Shake Me, Wake Me When It’s Over,” written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland, recorded by The Four Tops in 1966. Levi Stubbs (lead vocal), Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Renaldo “Obie” Benson, Lawrence Payton (vocals), backed by The Andantes (background vocals) and The Funk Brothers.

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I Got A Feeling

January 12, 2019

“I Got A Feeling,” written by  Brian HollandLamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland, recorded by Barbara Randolph, 1967. There’s a better-known version by the Four Tops.

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Children’s Christmas Song

December 25, 2018

“Children’s Christmas Song,” written by Harvey Fuqua and Isabelle Freeman, released as a Supremes holiday tune on Motown in 1965. In fact, the only Supreme on this track is Diana Ross, backed by The Andantes instead of Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard.

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Suspicion

June 10, 2018

“Suspicion,” written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Edward Holland Jr., recorded by The Originals, 1965.

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Children’s Christmas Song

December 25, 2017

“Children’s Christmas Song,” written by Harvey Fuqua and Isabelle Freeman, released as a Supremes holiday tune on Motown in 1965. In fact, only Diana Ross is on this track, backed by The Andantes instead of Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard.

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What Becomes of the Brokenhearted?

February 27, 2016

“What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” written by William Weatherspoon and Paul Riser, with lyrics by James Dean, performed by Jimmy Ruffin with accompaniment by The Funk Brothers. Backup vocals by The Originals and The Andantes.

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Children’s Christmas Song

December 24, 2015

“Children’s Christmas Song,” written by Harvey Fuqua and Isabelle Freeman, released as a Supremes holiday tune on Motown in 1965. In fact, only Diana Ross is on this track, backed by The Andantes instead of Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard.

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Jimmy Ruffin, 1936 — 2014

November 20, 2014

Jimmy Ruffin, 1936 -- 2014

Soulful singer Jimmy Ruffin passed away on Monday at age 78. He was best-know for his 1966 Motown recording “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.” His younger brother, David Ruffin of the Temptations, died in 1991.

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Happy Birthday, Marvin Gaye

April 2, 2014

Singer Marvin Gaye was born on April 2, 1939. In his set at the the 1964 T.A.M.I Show (above) he performed four of his early hits: “Stubborn Kind of Fellow,” “Pride and Joy,” “Can I Get a Witness,”and “Hitch Hike.” The dancers are goofy but the band, Jack Nitzsche‘s Wrecking Crew, includes Hal Blaine, Tommy Tedesco, Leon Russell,  Glen Campbell, and Plas Johnson.

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