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  1. Without having the information, I would not have...

    Without having the information, I would not have recognized the voice as being Gladys, although it is undoubtedly she. It sounds as if her vocal was pitched up a good octave, which was not unheard of.
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    If nothing else, Kim is a real trouper in every...

    If nothing else, Kim is a real trouper in every sense of the word. You’ll remember about 20 years ago she stayed up all night coaching an infirm Wanda Rogers before Wanda went into Ian Levine’s...
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    She’s always been a favorite of mine and it’s...

    She’s always been a favorite of mine and it’s great to see her still singing, but it appears she forgot her upper plate!
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    When Motown bought Ric-Tic and released Edwin’s...

    When Motown bought Ric-Tic and released Edwin’s debut album, Soul Master, I was disappointed that “Back Street” from the Ric-Tic inventory wasn't included, and was further disappointed to discover...
  5. Actually, the film earned five nominations. Ross...

    Actually, the film earned five nominations. Ross earned one, for best performance by an actress in a leading role.
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    “Seventeen” is very different, stylistically,...

    “Seventeen” is very different, stylistically, from the rest of the album. The background vocals are rather “flutey,” while on the other tracks they’re much less so, and some verge on being rather...
  7. Why? Why on earth?

    Why? Why on earth?
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    This is such a great track. I agree that the...

    This is such a great track. I agree that the youthful exuberance of the group, both musically and in performance, was somewhat spoiled by artist development. Of course, Mrs. Powell’s job was...
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    It happened that Mary Wilson, that night, was...

    It happened that Mary Wilson, that night, was doing a gig at Blues Alley in DC (she was living in DC at the time), and I was at the second show that night. She got the news in the dressing room...
  10. When she gets on a roll there’s no stopping her....

    When she gets on a roll there’s no stopping her. It distresses me when she does those impressions of Florence and of Princess Margaret. Neither woman sounded a thing like that. I assume she does it...
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    Sadly, of course, in crossing over, much was...

    Sadly, of course, in crossing over, much was sacrificed. The Supremes were lucky, in a sense, in that the live act and some of the themed albums allowed Mary and Flo a little opportunity to display...
  12. It’s obviously Florence’s arm and a bit of the...

    It’s obviously Florence’s arm and a bit of the green dress.
    What I noticed most prominently, the very first time I saw the album when it was released, was that not only is Florence’s face partially...
  13. I saw that spot only one time; Colgate didn't run...

    I saw that spot only one time; Colgate didn't run it for very long, at least not in my local market. I remember thinking it appropriate that they used an African American female voice-over to go wih...
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    It’s too bad the show fell apart before it even...

    It’s too bad the show fell apart before it even opened when it ran out of money, with Mary having to fire the equity cast/crew and hire scabs, Mercedes Ellington pulling out as a result — all...
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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...
  22. 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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