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  1. I think Motown avoided this possibility during...

    I think Motown avoided this possibility during the latter 60s by releasing promo singles to radio stations with the same song on both sides, whereas promo singles from the early 60s were the same as...
  2. I've often thought that strong B-sides were used...

    I've often thought that strong B-sides were used to help push sales for the A-side. However I also considered that some strong B-sides might have been used to offer an alternative to radio...
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    I've always liked "Standing At The Crossroads Of...

    I've always liked "Standing At The Crossroads Of Love". I don't think it would have been a hit single but it's certainly an enjoyable song. I love the background vocals very much. Diana's lead is...
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    Well, I guess I'm embarrassed to admit that I...

    Well, I guess I'm embarrassed to admit that I noticed it back in the day and even more embarrassed to point out that if you look at the poster there are also beads missing from Mary's and Cindy's...
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    This was the first 12" "disco" record I ever...

    This was the first 12" "disco" record I ever bought. It is unique in that it is 45 rpm.

    I absolutely loved You + Me = Love, (never noticed the misprint on the label). It was a big hit in the...
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    Yes! Also, one of my favorites from their first...

    Yes! Also, one of my favorites from their first album.

    Either Reach Out And Touch or Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music should have been the follow-up single to River Deep. Such missed...
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    It appears you may be right that "Sing Smokey"...

    It appears you may be right that "Sing Smokey" was a quickly compiled album and for the reasons that you gave.

    I checked dftmc.info for recording and release dates for the songs on the...
  8. The main issue is that these albums were not...

    The main issue is that these albums were not built around strong singles as were their previous albums. Although "Shame" was Top Ten, "Composer" and "Sign" stalled in the Top Thirty - a poor showing...
  9. I think we Motown collectors are hoarders!!! ...

    I think we Motown collectors are hoarders!!!

    In those early days I only bought the CDs of albums that were favorites. Some of the album pairings weren't appealing to me so not considered...
  10. Agree...I was also thinking Valerie Simpson...

    Agree...I was also thinking Valerie Simpson and/or Gloria Jones or maybe even Teena Marie.
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    I can imagine this was done with Tammi's...

    I can imagine this was done with Tammi's blessing.

    She had just started receiving deserved recognition for her singing and was on her way to stardom, imo, when she was struck down by her illness. ...
  12. That was my first thought also.

    That was my first thought also.
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    Radio: June 1964 WDOLG Album: WDOLG - December...

    Radio: June 1964 WDOLG

    Album: WDOLG - December 26, 1964 - a Christmas present from my parents that I had to go buy the day after Christmas

    TV: Hullabaloo January 26, 1965 - quite by accident, I...
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    I saw Diana Ross in Boston in mid-April 1979...It...

    I saw Diana Ross in Boston in mid-April 1979...It was one of the first dates of her "new" tour which lasted about a month...amazingly at the Boston show there was not a word, pic, or hint that she...
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    There is The Book of Rock Lists by Dave Marsh and...

    There is The Book of Rock Lists by Dave Marsh and Kevin Stein...A Dell/Rolling Stone Press Book...1981...There was an updated 1994 edition, as well...

    I have the 1981 edition...Page 486 has...
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    When I first learned Smokey was going to produce...

    When I first learned Smokey was going to produce an album for The Supremes I was not hopeful. I wasn't a fan of his work on Return of The Marvelettes so I dreaded what he was going to do with The...
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    The owner at my local Mom & Pop record store had...

    The owner at my local Mom & Pop record store had the same problem.

    I saw Love Is Here/There's No Stopping Us reviewed in Billboard magazine as a potential double-sided hit before I ever heard...
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    Just a reminder for those in the Boston area that...

    Just a reminder for those in the Boston area that Martha Reeves and the Vandellas will be at a free concert event in Waltham, MA Saturday August 17.
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    Soulmusic4life, thanks for posting this. I saw...

    Soulmusic4life, thanks for posting this. I saw it when it aired Thursday night while I was in bed watching Colbert. I told myself I would post it the following morning. I forgot all about it until...
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    Teddy Roosevelt

    Teddy Roosevelt
  21. Thread: Supremes Duets

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    I totally agree. When I first heard the story of...

    I totally agree. When I first heard the story of Mary declining to record LC I thought it was Gordy being manipulative. He probably waited to ask her at a point when she couldn't change her plans. ...
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    Yes, Dusty does a nice version. This is just a...

    Yes, Dusty does a nice version. This is just a great song that should have been a hit for someone. Chuck Jackson and Unidisputed Truth have versions on their debut Motown albums.

    In some...
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    In 1969 I don't think I ever thought Honey Bee...

    In 1969 I don't think I ever thought Honey Bee would be a good single. There were other songs from Love Child that I preferred, particularly Keep An Eye.

    It's only in recent years that I started...
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    OMG, in the past few years I've been obsessed...

    OMG, in the past few years I've been obsessed with "Honey Bee". I think it would have been a good single. Recently, out of the blue, a friend, well-versed on all things Motown, mentioned that...
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    Is it possible that The Marvelettes were given a...

    Is it possible that The Marvelettes were given a few songs during a recording session and chose which one(s) they would record first and then time ran out and they did not get a chance to do the...
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