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    “1-2-3” bore enough superficial resemblance to...

    “1-2-3” bore enough superficial resemblance to “Ask Any Girl” that I think fifteen percent was probably a reasonable solution. The two bore about the same resemblance as “He’s So Fine” and “My Sweet...
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    Mercy..."New Lover" and "Selfish One" are...

    Mercy..."New Lover" and "Selfish One" are identical. Different lyrics and slightly different arrangement but the same song. I winder what that was all about.

    Mary Wells used the same device of...
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    From everything I’ve heard, read, and...

    From everything I’ve heard, read, and experienced, the lead on “People” apparently was tossed back and forth like a hot potato. When I saw the group in August of 1966, Flo sang the first two verses...
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    Anecdotally, this song was actually written with...

    Anecdotally, this song was actually written with Mary Wells in mind. She was struggling at 20th Century Fox and needed a hit. Either she passed on the song or perhaps it never even got to her, but...
  5. I hope the book will sell. Since parents of...

    I hope the book will sell.
    Since parents of today’s toddlers are: (1) not into books, and (2) are two generations removed from the heyday of Hitsville, I’m guessing that maybe it will be the...
  6. Thread: Mother Dear

    by BigAl
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    I think they were just trying to squeeze a fourth...

    I think they were just trying to squeeze a fourth single out of More Hits.
    “Mother Dear” was given some test-plays in local markets, and the group performed it on a couple of TV shows, but it didn’t...
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    Dancing with the Stars is one thing; Masked...

    Dancing with the Stars is one thing; Masked Singer is another. Its premise is pretty preposterous, and, if you ask me, rather degrading, so I doubt, and hope, Mary would not wish to appear. Still,...
  8. I have little doubt that Mary’s much-hyped...

    I have little doubt that Mary’s much-hyped appearances on DWTS could only have helped to increase interest in her and to bolster sales of the book. It’s mighty pricey for non-diehards who otherwise...
  9. Interviewers persist in asking her this question,...

    Interviewers persist in asking her this question, and others regarding Diane, so what can she do but answer? I'm sure she would prefer not to address those things at all, after all this time, and has...
  10. At the time, I figured it was an oversight, and I...

    At the time, I figured it was an oversight, and I tend to agree with you that it was. That coda was obviously tacked on in post-production, and either no one noticed, or no one thought it would...
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    I've had one experience where I actually got to...

    I've had one experience where I actually got to the venue for a show (Cissy Houston) only to find it it had been canceled due to poor ticket sales and refunds would be issued by mail if we would...
  12. She did a subdued fox trot. I figured they'd...

    She did a subdued fox trot. I figured they'd start her out with a Supemes' number but I'd have chosen something besides tired old "Baby Love." The judges clearly loved her and she placed in the top...
  13. Wow...I've not thought about that in decades! ...

    Wow...I've not thought about that in decades!

    Like many parents, mine didn't share my taste in music, so I often would use a huge old pair of headphones so they wouldn't complain. Of course,...
  14. What has broadcast "journalism" come to? These...

    What has broadcast "journalism" come to?
    These gals barely even mentioned the book, or Dancing with the Stars, which were surely the main reasons for the whole thing.
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    ...or vice-versa!

    ...or vice-versa!
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    Ha! Harvey Levin was about to have a stroke! As...

    Ha! Harvey Levin was about to have a stroke!
    As flattered as Mary obviously was, after a while you could tell she'd had about enough, but remained gracious throughout the interview. As I've...
  17. She was busy with multiple things and obviously a...

    She was busy with multiple things and obviously a bit discombobulated as result. The fact that she even engaged the persistent reporter at all speaks well of her good nature. (I'd have told him...
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    First time you heard the Supremes on the radio? ...

    First time you heard the Supremes on the radio?
    June 1964: Where Did Our Love Go

    First time you saw them on television?
    Shindig, Fall 1964

    First single you owned?
    Where Did Our...
  19. Thread: Mary on NPR

    by BigAl
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    Mary on NPR

    Mary will be a guest contestant on National Public Radio's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me on Saturday (09/07/19). It's a short segment of the show called "Not My Job," which usually comes during the...
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    That Brainstorm number was great; I had forgotten...

    That Brainstorm number was great; I had forgotten all about it.
    Many DJs felt it just had too many BPMs, however, so they would slow it down by about a third. To be honest, it really was a lot...
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    The retrieved leotard is now safely back in...

    The retrieved leotard is now safely back in Mary's possession. The woman who found it bought it for £63 and priced it for resale it at £700, and apparently that's what Mary gave her for it. Unless...
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    When I saw the opening comment I was waiting for...

    When I saw the opening comment I was waiting for a little fur to fly and I wasn’t disappointed. I can’t decide whether it’s pathetically amusing or amusingly pathetic. Either way, it’s entertaining...
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    Nah, probably wouldn't work for Mary. That only...

    Nah, probably wouldn't work for Mary. That only seemed to work for Diane in "Love is Here and Now You're Gone," during her spoken segments.
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    Arguably their best B-side. I found the 45 before...

    Arguably their best B-side. I found the 45 before it got any airplay and couldn't figure out which was the A-side.

    I like the extended intro, but I do feel the sound is a bit too sharp. Still,...
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    Great remix. It's such a shame that the stupid...

    Great remix.
    It's such a shame that the stupid title and those hokey lyrics spoiled an otherwise wonderful song. Especially annoying because it was written by Smokey, who was a consummate lyricist....
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