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    Rarely Heard Tracks by Motown Artists

    I was listening to this today and it made me think of the many great tracks by former Motown Artists that are rarely heard or played. We may have all have heard of these songs at one time or another, but they are generally not played on radio stations, not even on oldies. You may not have even played them at home in years. Here are a few of my favorites. What are some of yours:

    Eddie Kendricks - Diamond Girl.......

    Last edited by marv2; 06-28-2017 at 08:39 PM.

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    A favorite of mine from 1981, Marvin Gaye and "Praise"


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    Mary Wilson from 1992, "Under Any Moon"


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    Four Tops, "Hot Nights" from Summer of 1986


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    Jackson 5-"Lookin' Through the Windows" from the late summer of 1972.



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    Diana Ross "Once In the Morning" 1979


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    Jr. Walker and the Allstars "These Eyes" from the end of 1969


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    Jean Terrell - "Rising Cost Of Love" from the summer of 1978!


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    The Temptations - "Hum Along & Dance" from the Fall of 1970!


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    Gladys Knight and the Pips and "So Sad the Song" from the deep of Winter 1976 LOL!!!


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    Mary Wells - "Laughing Boy" from 1962.....


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    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=D-tqAiyE0N8 It's hard to believe Motown released this it's so similar to Shop Around ..Debbie Dean

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    Quote Originally Posted by luke View Post
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=D-tqAiyE0N8 It's hard to believe Motown released this it's so similar to Shop Around ..Debbie Dean
    That was a common practice in the 50s and 60s....."answer records". Even the Miracles did it with "I Got A Job" in response to "Get A Job" the Silhouettes.

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    Yes but this one is SOoooo similar and on the same company!! Great topic though Marv!

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    Quote Originally Posted by luke View Post
    Yes but this one is SOoooo similar and on the same company!! Great topic though Marv!
    It is almost a complete knock off of the original song it is based on. You are so right!

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    This one was very popular during it's time on Detroit radio. Bobby Taylor And The Vancouvers - "I'm Your Man".


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    Holland and Dozier featuring Brian Holland - "Don't leave me Starving" summer '72.


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    Now when was the last time you heard this? Stevie Wonder - "Hey Love"


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    I bought Jean's album but it just didn't do it for me but I think most people seemed to like it. I can't find it now but as I recall it may have been too MOR for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luke View Post
    I bought Jean's album but it just didn't do it for me but I think most people seemed to like it. I can't find it now but as I recall it may have been too MOR for me.
    Strange that all these years later Hip Hop artist have discovered Jean's album and more than a few have sampled "No Limit" from it. Go to Youtube and type in "No Limit Sample".

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    Cool. Never knew that. How I love Miss Jean!

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    Quote Originally Posted by luke View Post
    Cool. Never knew that. How I love Miss Jean!
    Jean is amazing because her music has influence many of different generations. College and High School kids all over the country still sing "Up the Ladder to the Roof" in choirs, vocal ensemble groups etc.

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    mind if I throw one in ,
    never hear it anymore , but it was a Pop Top 30 (#30) and Top Ten Soul song ( #10) back in 1972.



    with Norman Whitfield working overtime in the studio ( as usual):

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boogiedown View Post
    mind if I throw one in ,
    never hear it anymore , but it was a Pop Top 30 (#30) and Top Ten Soul song ( #10) back in 1972.



    with Norman Whitfield working overtime in the studio ( as usual):
    Great entry Boogiedown! I have a clip of them singing it live on the Sonny & Cher Show.

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    I can't stand to see you cry-the miracles..your old standby-mary wells..truly yours-the spinners..i did it all for you-eddie kendricks..dream come true-the temps..holy holly-jr.walker.

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    While there is no longer a classic soul station in my area, just a contemporary one that plays six neo-souls for every one seventies-eighties classic and goody, "Oldies" radio today is mostly British-Psychedelic as their sixties, the rest, basically another mix station of seventies and eighties. I was once incredibly surprised I actually heard "Super Freak" on oldies recently, myself used to remember "oldies" meant mid-fifties-early seventies.

    Yes, while they still normally have "My Girl" and "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" in their rotation, it's been years since I last heard on radio:

    Last edited by Ngroove; 06-29-2017 at 12:15 PM.

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    Malinda by Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ngroove View Post
    While there is no longer a classic soul station in my area, just a contemporary one that plays six neo-souls for every one seventies-eighties classic and goody, "Oldies" radio today is mostly British-Psychedelic as their sixties, the rest, basically another mix station of seventies and eighties. I was once incredibly surprised I actually heard "Super Freak" on oldies recently, myself used to remember "oldies" meant mid-fifties-early seventies.

    Yes, while they still normally have "My Girl" and "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" in their rotation, it's been years since I last heard on radio:

    I know exactly what you mean. Yesterday afternoon I heard "Reach Out, I'll Be There" by the Four Tops on the radio. It was the first classic Motown song I heard this week. Last week I heard "Stoned Love".

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    Quote Originally Posted by lockhartgary View Post


    Malinda by Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers
    I was thinking of this one when I started this thread, but I listened to personally just last week. LOL! Great choice.

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    Gladys Knight & The Pips - The Nitty Gritty


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    A lot of great tracks listed so far. I really don't listen to the radio anymore so a lot of songs that I hear are from my own rotation via ipod and laptop. But some of my favorite Motown and post Motown that seem to be underplayed for radio include:

    The Miracles "What's So Good About Goodbye"

    Martha Reeves and the Vandellas "Taking My Love and Leaving Me"

    Marvin Gaye "You"

    Teena Marie "365"

    Edwin Starr "Happy Radio"

    Diana Ross "Surrender"

    Thelma Houston "Doing Wrong For So Long"

    Four Tops "I'm In a Different World"

    Four Tops "Main Street People"

    Kim Weston "It Should Have Been Me"

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    Www.mixcloud.com/snakepit2648/

    The Soulful Shack
    60s 70s soul
    On line anytime. Rarer tracks played...
    Or am I wasting my time?

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    Four Tops "I'm In a Different World"
    Quote Originally Posted by RanRan79 View Post
    A lot of great tracks listed so far. I really don't listen to the radio anymore so a lot of songs that I hear are from my own rotation via ipod and laptop. But some of my favorite Motown and post Motown that seem to be underplayed for radio include:

    The Miracles "What's So Good About Goodbye"

    Martha Reeves and the Vandellas "Taking My Love and Leaving Me"

    Marvin Gaye "You"

    Teena Marie "365"

    Edwin Starr "Happy Radio"

    Diana Ross "Surrender"

    Thelma Houston "Doing Wrong For So Long"

    Four Tops "I'm In a Different World"

    Four Tops "Main Street People"

    Kim Weston "It Should Have Been Me"
    Great list especially with the Four Tops "I'm In a Different World".

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakepit View Post
    Www.mixcloud.com/snakepit2648/

    The Soulful Shack
    60s 70s soul
    On line anytime. Rarer tracks played...
    Or am I wasting my time?
    You're not wasting your time Snakepit. I appreciate having the option and that you keep us informed.

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    There appears to be no interest in a show playing soul music that a lot of people on here regularly complain is not played on radio shows. I'm at a loss to understand this.
    It can't be the music, so it must be me
    Perhaps it's because I'm from the UK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakepit View Post
    There appears to be no interest in a show playing soul music that a lot of people on here regularly complain is not played on radio shows. I'm at a loss to understand this.
    It can't be the music, so it must be me
    Perhaps it's because I'm from the UK?
    I think the real reason so many have not taken time to enjoy your well thought out shows is exactly that.........time! For me, Sunday afternoons are the few free hours I get during the week. I can't speak for others.

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    [QUOTE=marv2;395117]This one was very popular during it's time on Detroit radio. Bobby Taylor And The Vancouvers - "I'm Your Man".

    Oh Marv, what a track. The only time I've ever heard that played on British radio is when I put a request in for it some years back. However I put a request into snakepit who played 3 glorious Bobby Taylor tracks a couple weeks back on his show.
    Can I add The Temptations Hevenly please excuse me if the clip does not work it's my first attempt to add one.
    Last edited by McMotown; 06-29-2017 at 06:41 PM.

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    [QUOTE=McMotown;395403]
    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    This one was very popular during it's time on Detroit radio. Bobby Taylor And The Vancouvers - "I'm Your Man".

    Oh Marv, what a track. The only time I've ever heard that played on British radio is when I put a request in for it some years back. However I put a request into snakepit who played 3 glorious Bobby Taylor tracks a couple weeks back on his show.
    Can I add The Temptations Hevenly please excuse me if the clip does not work it's my first attempt to add one.
    This was the Temptations at their best in the 70s along with "Hey Girl". Snakepit puts together a really nice show weekly.

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    There are just so many underplayed and underrated Motown tracks! Great thread, Marv.

    I'll have a think and post some of my faves in a bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomatoTom123 View Post
    There are just so many underplayed and underrated Motown tracks! Great thread, Marv.

    I'll have a think and post some of my faves in a bit
    Thanks. Please do. They don't necessarily have to been recorded on Motown, but by artists generally affiliated with Motown.

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    Remember this one? The Originals - "Down To Love Town"


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    Quote Originally Posted by snakepit View Post
    There appears to be no interest in a show playing soul music that a lot of people on here regularly complain is not played on radio shows. I'm at a loss to understand this.
    It can't be the music, so it must be me
    Perhaps it's because I'm from the UK?
    Hey snakepit, honestly, I think people when they say 'radio' mean the thing you turn on in the car or in the kitchen and leave on in the background. Your show is fantastic and plays great, rare stuff but of course it is not the conventional 'radio' that people just 'stick on'.

    Marv is right when he says you actually have to take time to seek your show out and listen to it. You can't just 'stick it on' I guess. Just my thoughts.

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    Loved this song back in 1982! Smokey Robinson - "Tell Me Tomorrow"


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    Killer track from '86! Val Young "If You Should Ever Be Lonely"


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    marv you beat me to Down To Love Town. How about a bit more Richard Street - The Monitors Bring Back The Love

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    Classic Motown. Classic Temptations. Never played enough. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8nJvyMxjOqA...Girl Girl Girl....

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    Quote Originally Posted by McMotown View Post
    marv you beat me to Down To Love Town. How about a bit more Richard Street - The Monitors Bring Back The Love
    Now it is a rare one. I probably not heard it since the sixties. Richard was so very underrated and recognized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luke View Post
    Classic Motown. Classic Temptations. Never played enough. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8nJvyMxjOqA...Girl Girl Girl....

    Yep, that was one of my Dad's favorites Luke.

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    A house party favorite from 1965! VELVELETTES- "A BIRD IN HAND (IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH)"


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    One of my favorites that I never hear anymore. The
    Isley Brothers and "I Guess I'll Always Love You"


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