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    All I Do (who did it better: Tammi, Brenda or Stevie?)

    We know of Stevie's early compositions, All I Do was composed when he was just sixteen... afaik there are three known versions recorded on Motown: Tammi Terrell's, Brenda Holloway's and Stevie himself more than a decade later in a modern funk/disco version.

    So I want y'all to play this simple game: pick which version is the best.

    Starting with Tammi:


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    Brenda:


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    And finally Stevie's (the most known version obviously ft. MJ, Betty Wright and Eddie & Walter of the O'Jays backing him):



    (YES I know there are other versions but they're outside Motown OKAY lol)
    Last edited by midnightman; 04-09-2018 at 02:56 PM.

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    For me, Tammi's is the best version. She sings it like she owns the song. What a voice!

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    I think all three did it just as well, but my favorite would probably be Stevie's. I probably like Tammi and Brenda's about the same. Tammi might get the edge over Brenda.

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    My personal favorite is Stevie's mainly because of how he arranged it. And then that breakdown...

    But as far as the women go, I agree that Tammi soars over Brenda's. Tammi's has a dark, melancholic side to it. Clarence Paul was an underrated producer!

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    Tammi by far. She was robbed of a hit record by burying it in a vault

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    Quote Originally Posted by BayouMotownMan View Post
    Tammi by far. She was robbed of a hit record by burying it in a vault
    This is like a broken record but Tammi is another one who Motown failed to promote properly... shoot, so was Brenda.

    If only Berry was great at promoting more solo artists...

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    Such a difficult game midnight lol
    All are good

    Also I had no idea The O'Jays back Stevie on his version!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomatoTom123 View Post
    Such a difficult game midnight lol
    All are good

    Also I had no idea The O'Jays back Stevie on his version!
    Hah yeah I learned that many years back.
    Stevie had the Gap Band on I Ain't Gonna Stand for It, which was apt because it had country and funk elements (much like the Gap Band was mixing at the time) in it.

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    Tammi's version is my favorite, hands down! I can listen to it several times in succession and love it each time even more....

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    Tammi wins for me by far. Her voice was electric. This should have been a hit single for her.
    On a side note..her version of 'Lone lonely town' also blows away the competition.

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    Brenda Holloway for me....

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    I like Stevie Wonder's version best.

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    Just throwing these in the mix!


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    Quote Originally Posted by drewschultz88 View Post
    Just throwing these in the mix!

    Haha, you go Tops!

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    Tammi, I've said before on here Clarence must have felt absolutely robbed that his masterful production never saw the light of the day back then

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    Quote Originally Posted by drewschultz88 View Post
    Just throwing these in the mix!

    Now that was very nice! Thank you Drew schultz88!

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    Quote Originally Posted by drewschultz88 View Post
    Just throwing these in the mix!

    Love it!!! Levi is killing it and I love the background harmony too!!

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    Tammi's version sounds like a complete Motown A side hit.Well produced by Clarence Paul.

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    As much as I love Tammi's version Stevie just nicks it for me.

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    I used to think Stevie did All I Do himself as a tribute to Tammi hehe...

    Well he still could've but I had no idea Brenda covered it until years later. I'm surprised Kim Weston didn't cover it lol

    But now when I hear Stevie's, I always think his was THE version. But yeah Motown fumbled not putting Tammi's out.

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