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    The black-and-white photo of the trio on the back...

    The black-and-white photo of the trio on the back of We Remember Sam Cooke should have been used as the front cover shot. Not only do the three look great, but their outfits add texture, depth and a...
  2. "Touch me in the morning/then just walk away/we...

    "Touch me in the morning/then just walk away/we don't have tomorrow/but we had yesterday..."

    "Does your mama know about me?"

    "Through the mirror of my mind/time after time/I see reflections of...
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    By 1970, we had already learned that Diana's...

    By 1970, we had already learned that Diana's mother had told her to be patient rather than in a rush about love, that her father left before marrying her mother and that her mother had no...
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    Maybe the problem wasn't entirely with the music....

    Maybe the problem wasn't entirely with the music. Maybe it was partly with the cover.

    Like her first RCA album cover, to name just one, the Workin' Overtime photo seemed to reek of desperation....
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    RanRan 79 , the first similarity of Everyday...

    RanRan 79 , the first similarity of Everyday People and Islands In The Stream is the instrumental introduction. Each recording begins with a sustained note, followed by two short notes, another...
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    Islands In The Stream sounds to me like a cheap...

    Islands In The Stream sounds to me like a cheap remake of Everyday People, and Diana's listless, uninspired cover version of that song was not exactly one of her best moments.
  7. Cindy's smile was especially winning, but...

    Cindy's smile was especially winning, but unfortunately, her wig and outfit did her no favors. The wig's curls coincided with the widest point of her face; she needed to have short or long hairdos...
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    You Gave Me Love, a duet by Thelma Houston and...

    You Gave Me Love, a duet by Thelma Houston and Jerry Butler, is among the best non-Tammi/Marvin duets, and it has a maturity as well as an over-the-top infrastructure that would have made it...
  9. Why are there so many early releases and so many...

    Why are there so many early releases and so many mixes of each? This can lead to great disappointment, if a person likes the XYZ mix and the album contains only the RST mix, for instance. Also, it...
  10. The new Supremes weren't too old. The two...

    The new Supremes weren't too old. The two biggest selling women on the record charts in 1971 -- Carole King and Aretha Franklin -- were both born in 1942, two years before Mary.

    Carole sang two...
  11. I think that Berry Gordy knew from the get-go...

    I think that Berry Gordy knew from the get-go that He's Seventeen and Those DJ Shows would not do well over the long term. They may have been fine for girls of 16 or 17, but if the group went on for...
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    With credit to Motown Eddie, Gladys Knight & The...

    With credit to Motown Eddie, Gladys Knight & The Pips' I Heard It Through The Grapevine was the first song out of the box in September 1967, along with Everybody Needs Love, the group's first Motown...
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    It was Hudson's Department Store in Detroit. ...

    It was Hudson's Department Store in Detroit. Miss Ross was said to be the first black woman to be allowed to enter the dining area [[to clear tables) although there must have been some black...
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    Along with the availability of More Hits......

    Along with the availability of More Hits... shortly after the release of Nothing But Heartaches, which was the reason I did not buy the single, the simultaneous release of the first two Coke...
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    Won't Be Long Before Christmas, recorded for the...

    Won't Be Long Before Christmas, recorded for the Disney Classics album, is available on The Never-Before-Released Masters by Diana Ross & The Supremes.

    Little Miss Loser is on the group's...
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    It was a day after I was born. Maybe it wasn't...

    It was a day after I was born. Maybe it wasn't the day after I was born, but it was definitely a day after I was born.
  17. I hope and believe that all of us, young or old,...

    I hope and believe that all of us, young or old, experienced, to some extent over the last 16 months, the need to express gratitude. We wanted to say "thank you" too soon to some who left us...
  18. Even if their marriage lasted only a half-dozen...

    Even if their marriage lasted only a half-dozen years, it is clear that theirs was a tight-knit family filled with love, encouragement and support. Decades later, Rhonda tried her wings as a singer...
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    Having dated Philadelphia Eagle Tim Brown briefly...

    Having dated Philadelphia Eagle Tim Brown briefly in 1965/66, Diana could say, "been there, done that" when The Philadelphia Sound had its day a decade later.
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    Maybe The Supremes heard The Originals' 1971...

    Maybe The Supremes heard The Originals' 1971 version of Exodus and decided to do it, too, as its message could be seen as a cry for harmony among the races. By that point, the movie's storyline had...
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    Someone at Motown must have loved Canadian...

    Someone at Motown must have loved Canadian Sunset. Beyond using it as the "inspiration" for My Guy's instrumental introduction, having Diana Ross record it and most likely suggesting it for Martha...
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    I saw Stephanie Mills in the original production...

    I saw Stephanie Mills in the original production and was not overly impressed; when a singer decides to make almost every word of the lyrics 10 syllables long instead of two or three, apparently to...
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    If I recall correctly, Blossom Dearie recorded...

    If I recall correctly, Blossom Dearie recorded something quite similar, perhaps word by word similar, on one of the Ben Bagley series records in the '60s or early '70s. So Diana might want to lawyer...
  24. If you mentioned Scherrie, Susaye or Linda to the...

    If you mentioned Scherrie, Susaye or Linda to the average person who was at least a teenager in 1973-1977, it is highly doubtful that anyone but an avid fan of "The Supremes" would recognize those...
  25. Where were all those supposed "We Love Us A...

    Where were all those supposed "We Love Us A Victim" crowd members when Sleepin' was released? They sure didn't show up in great numbers in support of the victim described in that single, and he...
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