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    The reason I thought it might be Norma rather...

    The reason I thought it might be Norma rather than Milly was remembering another photo from the same session and looking at the heights in that one.
    Bert was always the tallest, Cal and Milly about...
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    Hmm...the blackfaced mime was a bit politically...

    Hmm...the blackfaced mime was a bit politically incorrect, although I suppose I get the "logic" behind it, since the white dancers were in whiteface, but still...
    It certainly wouldn't fly today.
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    If I'm not mistaken, in photo #7 (next to last) I...

    If I'm not mistaken, in photo #7 (next to last) I think that's Norma on the right, not Milly.
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    I wouldn’t call it stealing. The song was...

    I wouldn’t call it stealing.
    The song was written by Laura Nyro and she was the first to record it. After that, it was covered first by Brian Auger and the Trinity, then by Canadian group Sugar...
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    Mary's got the gift of gab, very much the chatter...

    Mary's got the gift of gab, very much the chatter from the get-go, and she keeps it lively. I do wish, however, that she would stay on topic more than she does. She gets all wound up and goes off on...
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    Although deceptively simple, the sax break is...

    Although deceptively simple, the sax break is glorious as well.
    Is that Mike Terry?
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    The version featuring Martha all the way through...

    The version featuring Martha all the way through really sounds more like a demo than a finished product. Her lead on the verses in the released version is much superior, and the overall arrangement...
  8. I thought the same thing when I read that. The...

    I thought the same thing when I read that.
    The correct term is "lie in repose."
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    The jerk was a really popular dance for a couple...

    The jerk was a really popular dance for a couple of years. One of the tracks on Martha/Vandellas Dance Party album was titled "The Jerk." (That album is probably my favorite of theirs.

    ...
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    Well, granted: Mary does get all wound up when...

    Well, granted: Mary does get all wound up when interviewed much of the time. I suppose it’s because she loves it, especially when surrounded by stylish younger gals who admire her.
    Some of us...
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    Regardless of how one might feel about Mary...

    Regardless of how one might feel about Mary personally, it cannot be denied that she has worked, and continues to work, tirelessly. Consequently she has remained in the public eye for decades and...
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    Miss Ross has always enjoyed visibility, and it...

    Miss Ross has always enjoyed visibility, and it delights her fans, so where’s the harm? She could always have one of her “people” do her everyday shopping, and could easily go anywhere incognito...
  13. It's too bad that, on so many (not all, but a...

    It's too bad that, on so many (not all, but a great many) of the airplay singles, Flo and Mary were made to sing in unison rather than to harmonize.
  14. To me, the mono/airplay mix on the 45 was...

    To me, the mono/airplay mix on the 45 was superior to the stereo version on the LP and later reissues, and was actually an entirely different vocal take. To me, this sort of thing was true of so many...
  15. For me, hands down, no contest, is "What Am I...

    For me, hands down, no contest, is "What Am I Going to Do Without Your Love," by Martha & Vandellas. I hated it when it was released but within a short time I grew to love it and still do.
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    They were obliged to perform it when I saw them...

    They were obliged to perform it when I saw them in August of 1968 since it was their current release. They used the same tempo as was used on the single because goodness knows it couldn't have been...
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    It was nice to include Barbara, but the...

    It was nice to include Barbara, but the chronology escapes me. Was she still a group member when the name was changed from Primettes to Supremes?
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    She nearly always looks stunning, and she...

    She nearly always looks stunning, and she definitely possesses the gift of gab. Her raucous cackle is infectious and endearing, but she's really starting to employ it a bit too often these days. Mrs....
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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...
  23. 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...
  24. Thread: Mother Dear

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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,...
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