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  1. Right. I knew it wasn't Mary when I heard these...

    Right. I knew it wasn't Mary when I heard these but it did strike me that it was an unusual decision to use a vocalist with such a unique sound. The norm, especially at that time, was to use...
  2. That's interesting. Actually, there seemed to be...

    That's interesting. Actually, there seemed to be a period where established artists were doing commercial jingles and it was seen as just that- another revenue source. The show "Entertainment...
  3. Yeppers! I remember jokingly asking someone when...

    Yeppers! I remember jokingly asking someone when did Mary Wilson branch out into doing jingle work?
  4. Yes, it was Mary Wilson's voice I was thinking of...

    Yes, it was Mary Wilson's voice I was thinking of whenever I hear these. The voice is so calming and soothing.
  5. Radio Jingles Singer sounds a bit like...

    In addition to Motown I like collecting vintage radio jingles. First time I heard these the vocalist's smokey, husky style brought a certain member of a world famous trio to mind- or is it just me? ...
  6. What a fantastic article! Really, Stevie's life...

    What a fantastic article! Really, Stevie's life and [[still) ongoing career is incredible. And that's putting it very mildly.
  7. Well, at least I don't feel as bad when I posted...

    Well, at least I don't feel as bad when I posted this. I didn't intend it to sound as if I was throwing rotten eggs at the album or Motown's early LPs for that matter, but I really was surprised at...
  8. Nice! I'll check out this video tonight. Thank...

    Nice! I'll check out this video tonight. Thank you!
  9. OK that explains a lot. It just struck me as...

    OK that explains a lot. It just struck me as being odd that the use of the studio recordings were so very obviously studio recordings. What you wrote also puts into perspective that this was still...
  10. Recorded Live Mary Wells On Stage For those who have this, question to you...

    At long last, I got this album. Does anyone else have this? A very interesting and somewhat curious listening experience. At the very outset there is some unintentional humor; the intro to "Two...
  11. Tom, what a great and powerful story of this...

    Tom, what a great and powerful story of this experience! You related it with such perfect staging up to a brilliant climax, I'd swear I had just read an excerpt from an autobiography! In fact, I was...
  12. Actually, the network was broadcasting the film...

    Actually, the network was broadcasting the film as part of a study of the various New Waves in film. It was really interesting. French New Wave then the British New Wave and so on. Films focusing on...
  13. The Knack And How To Get It: Rita Tushingham & Mary Wells

    I just saw this film for the first time yesterday. Great surprise to see a scene featuring the great Rita Tushingham, nude in bed except for a few strategically placed albums. Well now. To her right...
  14. I was disappointed when I first bought this album...

    I was disappointed when I first bought this album but grew to like it more over time. That is due to the sound of utter fun and joy heard here that others have talked about. In an odd way, it's...
  15. Good one! I hadn't thought about her!

    Good one! I hadn't thought about her!
  16. This one isn't really a permanent name change...

    This one isn't really a permanent name change though; Motown was just trying to fool people into thinking the Darnells were an entirely different group on one record. Most people knew better.
  17. Not sure either of these will be appropriate but...

    Not sure either of these will be appropriate but the Marvelettes had a beautiful, though unreleased song, "Little Girls Grow Up." The story line goes from childhood to a father walking his daughter...
  18. I too prefer it over The Composer but would it...

    I too prefer it over The Composer but would it have been able to compete on the charts against the ever-changing sounds of Rock and music in general? The problem was that at one time all you needed...
  19. As Smokey sang in one his songs with the...

    As Smokey sang in one his songs with the Miracles, "Point It Out," and you pointed out an astonishing fact. Yeah, I had to stop and think about how the Temptations have escaped the trap of being...
  20. This is getting really good. Years ago, I...

    This is getting really good.



    Years ago, I recall listening to the stereo mix of Jimmy Ruffin's "As Long As There Is L-O-V-E Love" and being startled at the absolute clarity of the sound on...
  21. There are people who have a gift for discerning...

    There are people who have a gift for discerning different musicians' styles and signatures. Much like a jazz aficionado can tell you exact what musicians were playing with Dave Brubeck on any given...
  22. Ahhh! HE'S the one who does that thing where he...

    Ahhh! HE'S the one who does that thing where he hits the snare and follows it up with a strike on the tom, a sort of TIK-BOOM. Stevie Wonder's "Hey Love" opens with this signature and it's peppered...
  23. This is the most incredibly bizarre thing....

    This is the most incredibly bizarre thing. Originally, when I wrote this, it veered off onto this very subject about Motown using old, pre-'64 recordings for B-sides. I even listed the exact same...
  24. Yes, this one is very unusual in how there's a...

    Yes, this one is very unusual in how there's a fair bit of modulation going on during the choruses but always returns to the original key for the verses. I'd love to have been there as they were...
  25. The Marvelettes "Paper Boy" "Please Mr. Postman" clone?

    https://youtu.be/Lq4n4Dgs3pk

    On another thread, the subject of Motown B-sides came up. I was thinking about this one by the Marvelettes, "Paper Boy." I recall being kinda ticked that Motown would...
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