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Today 02:09 PM

Marvin Gaye - Ain't That Peculiar

Wonder how many times this has been posted here. Well worth seeing anyway as Marvin looks and sounds so good singing in this video. He's that stubborn kind of wonderful one Marvin Gaye singing "Ain't That Peculiar".

Today 01:22 PM

New Book - "Come And Get These Memories"

On October 3, 2019, "Come And Get These Memories: The Genius Of Holland-Dozier-Holland", co-authored by Eddie Holland and Brian Holland with Dave Thompson, will be available from Amazon (U.S.). The current price is quoted as $28.99. (Hardcover)

Come and Get These Memories: The Story of Holland-Dozier-Holland https://www.amazon.com/dp/1785588672..._C2dIDbY395ST8

The book's description is as follows:

Brian Holland, Edward Holland, and Lamont Dozier, known as Holland-Dozier-Holland or H-D-H, were the greatest songwriting team in American pop music history. Seventy of the songs they wrote reached the Billboard Top 40, with 15 of these reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. No other songwriting team or individual has come close to equaling, let alone surpassing, this record. They’ve been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. As tunesmiths for the legendary Motown Record Corporation, and for their own corporations, Invictus Records and Hot Wax Records, they wrote and produced hits for Diana Ross and the Supremes, including “Baby Love,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Where Did Our Love Go,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “I Hear a Symphony,” “Come See About Me,” “Back in My Arms Again” and “Reflections.” Now the legendary composers are ready to reveal the inspirations and stories behind their chart-topping hits, providing millions of fans with the first complete history of their songwriting process, and detail the real-life experiences that led them to write each of their most famous tunes. They will also reveal their creative and intimate relationships with Motown’s biggest stars.
Today 02:51 PM
Today 10:21 AM

Donna Summer / Encore unboxing

Anyone else thinking of picking this up?


Today 11:21 AM

Reconstructing the History of Motown Session Musicians: The Carol Kaye/James Jamerson

I found this interesting academic article that talks about the controversy about who played base on many motown songs. I came across it because I was listening to an Apple Music play list called Carol Kaye: On Session. There were a lot of motown songs, one in particular was Baby Love by the Supremes. Which seemed odd to me, because it seemed so in line with WDOLG.
I googled Carol Kaye/ Baby Love and found this article:
Reconstructing the History of Motown Session Musicians: The Carol Kaye/James Jamerson Controversy.
If we thought the background singers was a conundrum, so too are the session players. Especially since motown didn't identify who played on the records, and the producers would just put a song title down as a placecard, not that that would be the title, so musicians didn't known what song or hit they may have played on. Or as this article seems to indicate, the LA sessions might have played the song, but it might have been for a TV show, not for the actual record.

An interesting read.

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