Today 08:14 AM

"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 09:28 AM

Question regarding selling CDs and LPs

I am soon planning to embark on a hobby to sell some of my used records and CDs. I am sure some of you have done the same.

I checked with my city Commissioner of Revenue and they said that I would first have to apply for a permit to operate a business out of my home, and then I would need a business license for the actual selling. Does this sound logical to you guys?

I am certainly not planning to become a Fortune 500 company or anything. Who knows in this day and time of downloading, maybe nobody will buy a thing I have to offer anyway. So in some ways it sounds like overkill to me.

All I plan to do is list some things on Ebay and advertise in Goldmine. I will be surprised if it takes off to any great level at all. So what do you guys think......... a necessary evil that I should have known all along or just a way for my town to get some extra income out of me?
Today 05:04 AM

Smokey's tearjerkers

Part of the genious of the master songwriter is just as he's written happy songs of love, with one stroke of his mighty pen he will write a sonnett so sad that you'll reach for the hanky...the sadness of[the tracks of my tears]the dire warning to those at[the fork in the road]the desperate plea of[oo baby baby]the loneliness of[i can't find]do you have a fav? For me the greatest song ever written about lost love is[i can't find].
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 04:56 AM

Motown and Cancelled 'Releases'

I'm not sure that we have discussed this before as a general topic. It seems that Motown had an enormous volume of ready-to-release material that was eventually cancelled. The Supremes alone had Sing Ballads and Blues, the Disney album, There's a Place For Us and more.

So two topics for discussion: 1) I wonder if there is a definitive list of Motoen cancelled material [[this would not include material that was recorded but just remained unreleased), and 2) Did Motown indeed have a higher volume of cancelled material than other contemporary labels, or is it that due to our forum sleuths we just know more about the Motown cancelled material?
Yesterday 11:05 PM

A new book about Jackie Wilson


Jackie's daughter, Brenda, has written this book:


Best regards


Ralph Terrana

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