Today 07:56 AM

Len Barry talks about "1-2-3" / "Ask Any Girl"

Len Barry (credited by his real name: Leonard Borisoff) wrote this with the Philadelphia songwriting/production team of John Madara and David White, who also wrote the hits "You Don't Own Me" and "At The Hop."

In an interview with Forgotten Hits, Madara explained: "In 1965, with '1-2-3' being the #1 record in the country, we were sued by Motown during the period when Berry Gordy was suing anyone whose records sounded like a Motown record. We were sued, saying that '1-2-3' was taken from a B-Side of a Supremes record called 'Ask Any Girl.' The only similarity between the two songs are the first three notes where the Supremes sang 'Ask Any Girl' and Lenny sang '1-2-3.' After that, there were no similarities, but their lawsuit said that our goal was to copy the Motown sound. Well, needless to say, Motown kept us in court, tying up all of our writers' royalties, production royalties and publishing royalties, and threatened to sue us on the follow-up to '1-2-3,' which was 'Like A Baby.' So after battling with them for two years and having a ton of legal bills, we made a settlement with Motown, giving them 15% of the writers' and publishers' share.
We never heard 'Ask Any Girl.' The only influence for making '1-2-3' was to make a ballad with a beat. And the sound of '1-2-3' was definitely the sound of the era. Listen to 'The In-Crowd' - that's not the Motown Sound, that's the sound of the era - and '1-2-3' definitely had a beat! Motown was suing a lot of people at the time."

Yesterday 06:14 PM

Most Versions by Motown Artists....Who's Loving You???

I was wondering what the most recorded in house title was....is it safe to assume its "Who's Loving You"?

Brenda Halloway

did I miss anybody???
Today 06:51 AM

Ronnie Spector and soulful pop/r&b and pop this Saturday night on PBS

Hi friends:

Of course there's some Motown on the set, here's a link to the details:

and here's a preview with some soulful R&B and pop:
video promo #1


Ronnie Spector is sensational in two newly recorded Christmas tunes!
This Saturday Night on PBS (check local listings)
Today 04:29 AM

Craft Recordings Launches ‘The Memphis Masters’ Video Series On Stax

Craft Recordings has announced The Memphis Masters, a limited video series that celebrates various albums in the Stax Records catalogue. The series will showcase the enduring musical legacy of the world-famous label and its influence on the city of Memphis, TN.

Read more here:
Yesterday 07:14 PM

Vandellas Questions: Heatwave to Dancing

Another topic question has brought me here:

With the success of "Heatwave" as a single, Motown hurriedly threw an LP together to ride the wave of success. The LP itself however was all (mostly?) cover songs, and no other singles were released.

Heatwave (single) was released on July 10, 1963.....it would be over a year, not until July 31, 1964 until their next single "Dancing ITS" would be released.

Why so long between singles? Why didn't Motown try and strike while the iron was hot?

Furthermore, while the "Heatwave" LP was a rush job, it would be another year and a half until their next LP "Dance Party" was released.

Did Motown drop the ball? I realize the Supremes were HOT and the focus of attention went to them, but there's no denying a #4 Pop and #1 R&B hit didn't deserve some sort of timely followup.
Today 12:43 AM


Ralph Terrana

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