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    Scrolling down the photos, I actually saw two I...

    Scrolling down the photos, I actually saw two I remember: Morningside Drive and Jakki. Both had moderate club hits in the mid-'70s.

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    Both versions are nice, but, for me, neither can...

    Both versions are nice, but, for me, neither can touch Shirley Ellis' 1963 original.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Wq48_gsjHk
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    This song was such a departure from the Tops’...

    This song was such a departure from the Tops’ familiar style that it sort of knocked listeners a little off-balance. I got the same feeling from Martha/Vandellas’ “What Am I Going to Do Without Your...
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    Growing up in the south, I learned early on that...

    Growing up in the south, I learned early on that appending, "Bless his/her heart" was always to be employed either before or after saying something unkind or derogatory about someone. I see that this...
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    Now that I put my mind to it, I remember the...

    Now that I put my mind to it, I remember the context of that comment.
    Ronnie was recording one of her post-Spector tracks and she thew in a couple of signature wo-wo’s. On playback, the producer,...
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    In one interview, Ronnie claimed, "I invented...

    In one interview, Ronnie claimed, "I invented wo-wo's!"
    This might be disputed because Darlene employed them before Ronnie did.
    Now, whether Phil came up with the concept or whether it was...
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    Mercy...those leotard camisoles appear to have...

    Mercy...those leotard camisoles appear to have had a least a couple of different overlaid components: the sheer ones and those sarong-type skirts made of the same brocade material. (Neither very...
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    River Deep has always been one of Mary's...

    River Deep has always been one of Mary's showstoppers. Usually she would do it as a duet with Parnell but he's not among her backup singers in this performance.
    I wonder what the venue was. Since...
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    They're not the same garment at all. The garment...

    They're not the same garment at all. The garment the gal found in France was short, cut just below the waist, like a camisole, with a little bit of fringe at the bottom, exposing entire thigh and...
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    These outfits were truly bizarre. The item was...

    These outfits were truly bizarre. The item was more like a camisole than a gown, as you can see partially in the Getty Images photo attached. They looked like chorus girls, all leggy. I remember...
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    I've always felt that side two of the WDOLG album...

    I've always felt that side two of the WDOLG album represents directions the group might have taken had HDH not strepped in and taken the reins entirely. All the tracks are solidly good, but I do...
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    I marvel at the energy and stamina these...

    I marvel at the energy and stamina these performers must possess — especially at their ages. I’m just 5-7 years younger than they are, and I can barely be-stir myself some days.
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    Entertainers, by their very nature, crave...

    Entertainers, by their very nature, crave attention. Depending on their levels of fame, some get it without a lot of effort while others need to work much harder at it. Because, to many, Mary Wilson...
  14. Great crowd. Sort of offsets Martha's...

    Great crowd. Sort of offsets Martha's very...loose interpretation!
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    Those are mighty stiff ticket prices for what...

    Those are mighty stiff ticket prices for what amounts to a tribute revue.
  16. Interesting that he/she used an alternate take as...

    Interesting that he/she used an alternate take as the basis for this.
  17. To my ears, “Time Changes Things” is the best...

    To my ears, “Time Changes Things” is the best track on Meet The Supremes and might have made a more significant dent in the charts. Diane wasn’t as nasal and screechy as she was on so many of the...
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    Yes, definitely nice to see them together. It's...

    Yes, definitely nice to see them together. It's also good that Martha took fewer liberties than usual with the song. Of course she was singing to track which kind of forced her to stick to the...
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    I had forgotten about that one! It came out in...

    I had forgotten about that one! It came out in close succession along with Merry Clayton’s and Betty Everett’s.

    I still much prefer Betty's, but was surprised when I just researched Ramona's to...
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    Ehh...not much impressed. So many better...

    Ehh...not much impressed. So many better renditions: Merry Clayton (the first), Cher (the last), and the best, hands down, no contest: Betty Everett with The Blossoms on background.
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    It's been my understanding that The Originals...

    It's been my understanding that The Originals were most often used for male backing vocals, while those other groups would do a one-off every now and then.
  22. Thread: Vandella solo?

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    Well, that blows Martha's account all to...

    Well, that blows Martha's account all to smithereens!
    I guess we'll never know the real story.
    Whoever came up with the name, it was original for sure, and it certainly worked for them.
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    I've never heard more than one explanation of the...

    I've never heard more than one explanation of the name, which is Martha's: combining the local Van Dyke Street with Della Reese, whom she admired. Perhaps the dell part, extracted from Dell-Fi's (or...
  24. Oh, let 'em have their juvenile fun. It harms no...

    Oh, let 'em have their juvenile fun. It harms no one (but themselves).
    As has been mentioned so often, this sub-group is here for that kind of thing after all, and snipey posts can always be...
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    I remember Nettie saying she worked at St. John’s...

    I remember Nettie saying she worked at St. John’s Hospital, and Roz said she worked for “Ma Bell,” as she referred to the phone utility, even though by that time the monopoly had been broken up, so I...
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