Today 04:04 PM

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Today 08:19 PM

Robert Gordy & The Sensational Skylarks of Detroit

Based on Roberts recent passing I thought it would be a nice memory to share some of his perhaps unknown songs. Whilst arguably being Motown related, Robert not only Berry's brother but he was also a member of the Sensational Skylarks of Detroit. As far as I know the group had one 45 on the Message label [[Harvey Fuqua's label) and three on Don Robey's Gospel label Song Bird.

Of the three Song Bird 45's Robert wrote both sides of the 45 Song Bird 1039 "Pure Relgion” & "Look To Jesus” from 1965 . In addition he part wrote "God Always Answers Prayer" jointly with "Calvin Fair" on Song Bird 1023 also from 1965. The other Song Bird 45 1086 being from 1967, which I think Robert was more ensconced at Motown at that time.

All of the songs are owned by Lion Publishing, other than "God Always Answers Prayer" amazingly owned by Universal.

The "Hayes & Laughton" Discography does not have detailed any of the members of the group, however with Robert Gordy, Bob Gandy the lead singer and two others Walter Howard and Nate Johnson I think we have them all, but no doubt over time there will be group member changes.

The Links to "Pure Relgion & Look To Jesus" are attached below.



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Yesterday 01:20 PM

House Of Beauty / HOB Records

In some quarters HOB is listed as a gospel subsidiary of Motown.

Seem to have a couple of recognisable names on their records early on - Herman Griffin & The Rayber Voices, Voices of Tabernacle, The Contours [[though I think that may be a different group).

Berry Gordy wrote [[and arranged?) "I Need You" and "I'm So Glad" for Herman Griffin. The music for "I'm So Glad" seems to be copyright to Rayber Music Writing Co. "I Need You" is the first song published by Jobete.

I've not read much about this label so I'm guessing the Motown connection may be overplayed, or is it?
Today 06:12 PM

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 12:55 PM

B J Thomas has died

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• Singer B.J. Thomas has died at the age of 78

• He was best known for his hit songs “Hooked on a Feeling” and “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.”
• He was also awarded membership to the Grand Ole Opry.


Ralph Terrana

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