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    What other producers/songriters made their way vocally onto Motown songs?

    Ok, Johnny Bristol can be heard on "Someday We'll Be Together" by DRATS and "What Does it take (To Win Your Love?)" by Jr. Walker and the All Stars, and Clarence Paul can be heard on "Blowing in the Wind" by Stevie Wonder.

    Were there other songs, released or unreleased, in which the producer and/or songwriter can be heard?

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    I Can Feel The Pain
    David Ruffin.....and Ivy Joe Hunter

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    Just Seven Numbers

    David Ruffin ....and Bobby Taylor

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    Bobby Taylor sang background vocals on the stuff he produced on the Jackson 5. Ashford & Simpson also did backing vocals and Valerie usually played keyboards as well.

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    Act Like A Shotgun

    G.C. Cameron.....and Willie Hutch

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    Come in Heaven, Earth is Calling

    Tata Vega....and Al Johnson

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    Ashford & Simpson back Diana Ross on “Some Things You Never Get Used To.”

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    Berry Gordy can be heard at the end of Martha and the Vandellas' YOUR LOVE MAKES IT ALL WORTHWHILE.

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    Smokey Robinson sings on the Supremes "Your Wonderful, Sweet, Sweet Love" through a synthesized voice.

    Eddie Holland is on the Supremes "Sweet Dream Machine" with them
    Last edited by marv2; 09-27-2019 at 07:58 PM.

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    Marvin Gaye is on the Originals' "I'll Wait For You".

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    Frank Wilson - Where Would I Be Without You (Barbara McNair)
    Last edited by motown01; 09-26-2019 at 03:25 PM.

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    Although I could never discern this in any of the recordings, someone posted a while back that Eddie Holland was providing a backing vocal line to one of the songs on side 2 of the "More Hits by the Supremes" album. Was it "I'm in Love Again"....or did I dream this?

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    Smokey virtually does a duet with Diana on "Kewpie Doll."

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    "Cindy" Bobby Darin and Smokey Robinson.
    "Standing On The Top" The Temptations and Rick James
    "To Know You Is To Love You" Syreeta and Stevie Wonder

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    I have been told Norman Whitfield is the male voice on Yvonne Fair's "Walk Out The Door If You Wanna"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysterysinger View Post
    "Cindy" Bobby Darin and Smokey Robinson.
    "Standing On The Top" The Temptations and Rick James
    "To Know You Is To Love You" Syreeta and Stevie Wonder
    Nearly all of Stevie's productions for other artists seem to include him as a guest vocalist, at which point it often gives the impression of the main artist being demoted to the role of guest artist on their own record. This gives me mixed feelings.

    When I saw Stevie at Wembley Arena in 1980 he performed "Let's Get Serious" without Jermaine using exactly the same arrangement as Jermaine's version, and it was clear that it would have been at least as big a hit without Jermaine.

    Perhaps we need a thread called "Stevie Wonder productions that don't feature Stevie on vocals." I'd open that up with "Bad Weather". Can't think of any others right now.

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    On The Temptations' "Check Yourself", Brian Holland covered for members of the group (he can be heard on the song's bridge singing 'the good times, the bad times') that were missing when The Tempts recorded the song.
    Last edited by Motown Eddie; 09-27-2019 at 09:22 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sotosound View Post
    Nearly all of Stevie's productions for other artists seem to include him as a guest vocalist, at which point it often gives the impression of the main artist being demoted to the role of guest artist on their own record. This gives me mixed feelings.

    When I saw Stevie at Wembley Arena in 1980 he performed "Let's Get Serious" without Jermaine using exactly the same arrangement as Jermaine's version, and it was clear that it would have been at least as big a hit without Jermaine.

    Perhaps we need a thread called "Stevie Wonder productions that don't feature Stevie on vocals." I'd open that up with "Bad Weather". Can't think of any others right now.
    How about "It's a Shame" by the Spinners

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    Quote Originally Posted by lockhartgary View Post
    How about "It's a Shame" by the Spinners
    That makes two.

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    Smokey sings with Mary Wells on the original "I Want You Around".

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    If you listen closely you will hear Sylvia Moy caugh during Honey Chile and I believe Valerie Simpson sang one vowel during Diana Ross' version of Aint No Mountain High Enough.
    Last edited by aarondillon2011@gmail.com; 09-27-2019 at 03:32 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RanRan79 View Post
    Marvin Gaye is on the Originals' "I'll Wait For You".
    Wasn't Marv also on Baby I'm For Real?

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    Stevie Wonder produced "Let's Get Serious" for Jermaine Jackson and ended on the record in 1980

    Holland Dozier Holland are on the background of the Supremes "Run, Run, Run"

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    "Seduction"

    Val Young.....and Rick James

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    Quote Originally Posted by midnightman View Post
    Wasn't Marv also on Baby I'm For Real?
    It certainly sounds like Marvin during the intro doing his cooing falsetto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKEW-UK View Post
    "Seduction"

    Val Young.....and Rick James
    Good one Mike!

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    Johnny Bristol was on another Diana song, "These Things Will Keep Me Loving You".

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    In rather tragic circumstances, Valerie Simpson is present on Marvin and Tammi's Easy album.

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    Clarence Paul joins Stevie on Blowin in the wind and Funny how time slips away, and actually sings lead on the Contours’ track Claudia

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    Smokey Robinson does the countdown at the start of "Floy Joy".

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    I don't think Stevie sings in:
    "Let Me Fall in Love Again" - Martha Reeves and The Vandellas
    "Black Maybe" and "Cause We've Ended as Lovers" - Syreeta...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rovereab View Post
    In rather tragic circumstances, Valerie Simpson is present on Marvin and Tammi's Easy album.
    Speaking of Tammi, Harvey Fuqua and Johnny Bristol sang background on pretty much all of the stuff they produced for her. They even appear on some Marvin & Tammi songs as well.

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