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  1. 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.
  2. 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...
  3. 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.
  4. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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,...
  14. I have little doubt that Mary’s much-hyped...

    I have little doubt that Mary’s much-hyped appearances on DWTS could only have helped to increase interest in her and to bolster sales of the book. It’s mighty pricey for non-diehards who otherwise...
  15. Interviewers persist in asking her this question,...

    Interviewers persist in asking her this question, and others regarding Diane, so what can she do but answer? I'm sure she would prefer not to address those things at all, after all this time, and has...
  16. At the time, I figured it was an oversight, and I...

    At the time, I figured it was an oversight, and I tend to agree with you that it was. That coda was obviously tacked on in post-production, and either no one noticed, or no one thought it would...
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    I've had one experience where I actually got to...

    I've had one experience where I actually got to the venue for a show (Cissy Houston) only to find it it had been canceled due to poor ticket sales and refunds would be issued by mail if we would...
  18. She did a subdued fox trot. I figured they'd...

    She did a subdued fox trot. I figured they'd start her out with a Supemes' number but I'd have chosen something besides tired old "Baby Love." The judges clearly loved her and she placed in the top...
  19. Wow...I've not thought about that in decades! ...

    Wow...I've not thought about that in decades!

    Like many parents, mine didn't share my taste in music, so I often would use a huge old pair of headphones so they wouldn't complain. Of course,...
  20. What has broadcast "journalism" come to? These...

    What has broadcast "journalism" come to?
    These gals barely even mentioned the book, or Dancing with the Stars, which were surely the main reasons for the whole thing.
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    ...or vice-versa!

    ...or vice-versa!
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    Ha! Harvey Levin was about to have a stroke! As...

    Ha! Harvey Levin was about to have a stroke!
    As flattered as Mary obviously was, after a while you could tell she'd had about enough, but remained gracious throughout the interview. As I've...
  23. She was busy with multiple things and obviously a...

    She was busy with multiple things and obviously a bit discombobulated as result. The fact that she even engaged the persistent reporter at all speaks well of her good nature. (I'd have told him...
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    First time you heard the Supremes on the radio? ...

    First time you heard the Supremes on the radio?
    June 1964: Where Did Our Love Go

    First time you saw them on television?
    Shindig, Fall 1964

    First single you owned?
    Where Did Our...
  25. Thread: Mary on NPR

    by BigAl
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    Mary on NPR

    Mary will be a guest contestant on National Public Radio's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me on Saturday (09/07/19). It's a short segment of the show called "Not My Job," which usually comes during the...
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