|By Chancellor of Soul (18.104.22.168) on Wednesday, January 22, 2003 - 05:06 pm:|
Another Motown jam that I love and that's rarely
played was recorded by Carolyn Crawford in 1964
called, " My Smile Is Just A Frown Turned Upside
Down". This is the song written of course by the
great Smokey Robinson, where he first used the
Paliacci line, which was later used in his No 1
hit, " The Tears Of A Clown", 1970.
What do some of you Soulful Detroiters think of
this wonderful tune???
(Chancellor of Soul)
|By Nish (22.214.171.124) on Wednesday, January 22, 2003 - 05:10 pm:|
When I saw the title of this thread, I knew I had to jump on this one! That's one of my favorite songs. First, Carolyn has such a sweet voice, and the lyric is typical Smokey, perfect and identifiable. I like the version by the Tempts with Eddie on lead too.
|By dvdmike (126.96.36.199) on Wednesday, January 22, 2003 - 05:28 pm:|
Carolyn replaced Anita Baker as lead singer for Chapter 8 in 1984. She also released a couple of singles on Philadelphia International in 1974-75.
|By Chancellor of Soul (188.8.131.52) on Wednesday, January 22, 2003 - 05:32 pm:|
Mine too. Smokey discoved her or as the story
goes, at WCHB's talent show in 1964. The song
has sort of a 1964 feel when you listened to it.
There's nothing like that early Motown sound.
I love it !!!!!
(Chancellor of Soul)
|By Mr. Markus (184.108.40.206) on Wednesday, January 29, 2003 - 01:20 pm:|
Carolyn wrote her Motown debut single, "Forget About Me," released in 1963. I think she was 15 when it was released. You should hear her BLOW on that one. I also love "My Smile is Just a Frown," but it's totally different than "Forget About Me."
|By Randy Russi (220.127.116.11) on Wednesday, January 29, 2003 - 01:48 pm:|
Actually, it was Berry who discovered her. I met
Carolyn from Martha Reeves. She told me her idol
was Mary Wells. In the talent show Berry was at
(or was judging) she sang and played piano--
"Laughing Boy" and "Operator" (both Wells' hits)
and that's how she came to Motown. Berry asked
her if she had any originals and she played him
"Forget About Me". I also really like "When
Someone's Good To You" featuring the Temps on
background. She and her mother were called in
to a meeting at Motown and told they were going
to either get behind her, Kim Weston, or Brenda
Holloway (this was when Mary Wells left).
|By John Lester (18.104.22.168) on Wednesday, January 29, 2003 - 02:47 pm:|
Brenda also did "My Smile........." west coast style a la "How Can I"
|By supremeross (22.214.171.124) on Thursday, January 30, 2003 - 04:47 pm:|
Was Brenda's version ever released? Have you heard it personally?
|By dvdmike (126.96.36.199) on Thursday, January 30, 2003 - 07:45 pm:|
Has anyone heard Carolyn's Philadelphia International stuff? I have "Just Got To Be More Careful" on a British import CD
|By John Perrone (188.8.131.52) on Friday, January 31, 2003 - 01:54 pm:|
DVDMIKE...can you talk a little more about Carolyn's Philly International work....I'm very
interested in this. Thanks so much! John
|By John Lester (184.108.40.206) on Friday, January 31, 2003 - 04:01 pm:|
1. No............well, not yet!
|By dvdmike (220.127.116.11) on Friday, January 31, 2003 - 07:06 pm:|
They released 3 singles on her, "Just Got To Be More Careful" b/w "Saving All The Love I Got For You" (PIR 3553) in 1974, "It Takes Two To Make One" b/w "No Matter How Things Are" (PIR 3570) and "Good & Plenty" b/w "If You Move, You Lose" (PIR 3580) in 1975. I doubt she recorded enough material for an album. I believe Gamble & Huff produced all or most of her songs, but Bobby Eli was there, so he would know.
|By Scratcher (18.104.22.168) on Friday, January 31, 2003 - 08:09 pm:|
The songs on Phylis Hyman's Philly International album was first recorded by Carolyn Crawford. The incident upset her quite a bit. Ms. Crawford lives in Detroit and is very accessible someone should get her on the forum to tell the story.
|By dvdmike (22.214.171.124) on Friday, January 31, 2003 - 08:45 pm:|
Which Phyllis Hymam album?
|By Vandelron (126.96.36.199) on Saturday, February 08, 2003 - 12:32 am:|
Carolyn has sometimes appeared as a Vandella with Martha.
|By Scratcher (188.8.131.52) on Saturday, February 08, 2003 - 02:48 pm:|
DvdMike, the Living All Alone album.