Today 04:14 PM

Mable John Tamla 45's

I am a little puzzled about something. There were a total of four Mable John 45's issued by Tamla.

Tamla 54031 ---- 54040 ---- 54081
All of these were shown on the label as MABLE JOHN.

The unique one is Tamla 54050 - Actions Speak Louder Than Words.
This is shown on the label as MABEL [not Mable] John.

I was looking on discogs and there are copies of the first three with some of each for sale; however, on the 54050 there are NONE for sale.

Could this be because of the misspelling of her first name - doubtful!

Does anyone have any insight into why none of 54050 are available for people to buy? It is the only one of the three I do not have in my collection.

Mable is someone who RARELY gets any attention on the Motown Forum.
Today 05:00 PM

Neutralized the sound

I don't understand how Mr. Gordy allowed the "Motown sound" to become neutralized. He knew that the rhythm section was apart of his success...songwriters>rhythm section>singers.
Today 01:59 PM

"My Sugar Baby" - Who Is Connie Clark?

"My Sugar Baby", a Frank Wilson composition, was one of four tracks published by Jobete that Motown rejected for release and which subsequently appeared on the Joker label. It was credited to Connie Clark, released in September 1965 as Joker 716, and became popular on the Northern Soul scene.

A rumour started to grow that Connie Clark was an alias for Chris Clark. However, in an interview with Chris in 2005 for Motown Treasures, she denies it being her and, without naming the artist, describes her as a band singer from the 40s and one of a few unusual people who recorded on Motown.

That seems to point the finger squarely at Connie Haines. While the comparison of the two is not obvious, there are enough similarities in places between the vocals of Connie Clark and Connie Haines to not reject the idea out of hand.

What do you think?
Today 05:15 PM

Robin Thicke 'That's What Love Can Do'

The mere mention of RT's name causes some of SD's posters to skid into derangement, BUT ... I post this lovely song anyway.

03-02-2021 09:44 AM

Songs with dances in the title

Mickey's Monkey
Twistin' Postman
Come On Do the Jerk
Can You Jerk Like Me?

All of the above songs were original compositions released on various Motown labels, and all contain the names of dances.

I know there are more. Can you name more songs released by Motown that contain the names of dances that are NOT covers?
Today 02:47 PM

Rueben Howell Motown 1228 Picture Sleeve?

Has anyone come across this P/S [[Below) 45 Motown 1228? "I'll See You Through"

Motown 1228 is hardly a picture sleeve as just a plain paper sleeve with his printed signature [[Same both sides) .
I have only ever seen one copy of this same p/s for sale on Ebay some years back, it was listed for months and not sure if it sold or not. I do know one of the Forum members also has a copy of the same or similar p/s. I've not seen many more and its not listed in with the Motown P/S issues.

His 2nd Motown 45 [[popular on the Northern Soul scene) Motown 1274 has a black & white full face photo picture sleeve. From Memory he had issued four 45's & two albums for Motown. Sadly Rueben Howell died in 2004 aged 59 from a heart attack.

Anyone else seen it before or got a similar copy? I understand that there are slight variants?


Ralph Terrana

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