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    George Gordy/ Allen Story - Motown's Forgotten Writing Team

    Between late 1967 and early 1973, George Gordy wrote and produced about 50 songs for Motown, mainly with Allen "Bo" Story, at other times with Lawrence Brown or Elgie Stover.

    Although no massive hits resulted and many were unreleased at the time, they had an individual Motown sound of their own which I find appealing. As many of these are on YouTube, I thought members might like to give them a spin to alleviate the boredom of self-isolation.

    An alphabetical list will follow, further details to be found on DFTMC.

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    Baby (Don't You Leave Me) - Martha Reeves
    Bad Bad Weather (Till You Come Home) - Spinners; David Ruffin
    Born Just to Be That Way - Edwin Starr
    Bring Her Back - David Ruffin
    Change Your Mind - Jimmy Ruffin

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    Darling Dear - Miracles;Jackson 5
    Deacon Work - Shorty Long
    Desperate Young Man - Originals
    The Double Cross - David Ruffin; Fantastic Four
    For Us Both I'll Be Concerned - Marvin Gaye
    The Girl I've Chosen to Be My Bride - Joe Stubbs
    Hope I Don't Get My Heart Broke - Marvin Gaye; Martha & Vandellas

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    I Just Can't Carry On - Bobby Taylor
    I Let Love Slip Away - David Ruffin
    (I Never Loved) Nobody But You - Jimmy Ruffin
    I Promise to Wait My Love - Martha & Vandellas
    I Should Have Known It Was You My Love - Bobby Taylor
    I Truly Truly Believe - Temptations (lead EJK); (lead MF)
    I Wanna Say I Love You - Fantastic Four
    I Won't Be the Fool I've Been Again - Martha & Vandellas
    I'll Take Care of Business - Marvin Gaye
    I'm So Glad I Got Somebody (Like You Around) - Supremes
    I'm Truly Yours - Eric & Vikings
    In and Out of My Life - Martha & Vandellas
    It Should Have Bee Me Loving Her - Bobby Taylor
    Just Let Me Thank You for Loving Me - Originals

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    Little Too Much - Fantastic Four; Bobby Taylor
    Living In A World I Created for Myself - Jimmy Ruffin
    Maria (You Were the Only One) - Jimmy Ruffin
    Memories - Marvin Gaye; Bobby Taylor
    Our Favorite Melody - Jimmy Ruffin [2 versions]
    Pin Point It Down - Chuck Jackson; Fantastic Four
    Play a Sad Song - Martha Reeves [production only]
    Same-O Same-O - Four Tops
    Souly Ghost - Spinners

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    Taking My Love (and Leaving Me) - Martha & Vandellas
    That's You Girl - Jimmy Ruffin
    We'll Have A Good Thing Going - David Ruffin
    What About Me - Smokey Robinson
    What Christmas Means to Me - Stevie Wonder [not production]

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    You Didn't Show Girl - The Temptations
    You Forgot to Remember Me - G.C. Cameron
    The Young Folks - Supremes; Jackson 5
    You're What's Happening (In This World Today) - Marvin Gaye
    You'se A Son of a Gun - Marvin Gaye
    You've Been So Wonderful to Me - Supremes

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    Quote Originally Posted by 144man View Post
    Baby (Don't You Leave Me) - Martha Reeves
    Bad Bad Weather (Till You Come Home) - Spinners; David Ruffin
    Born Just to Be That Way - Edwin Starr
    Bring Her Back - David Ruffin
    Change Your Mind - Jimmy Ruffin
    "Baby (Don't You Leave Me)" is one of my favorites. I actually prefer it to the intended A-Side. Whenever I play it, I end up starting it over again because I love it that much. Everything from Martha's great vocal, the gorgeous string arrangement, and the popping bass line make this a great recording. Too bad it wasn't released. It might have been the start to a great solo career for Martha before Richard Perry.
    Last edited by reese; 03-25-2020 at 08:34 AM.

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    "Maria (You Were the Only One)" was also done by Michael Jackson and was the B-side of "Got to be There."

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    Thanks for that 144man.
    I might look at compiling a CD of some of the best of these.

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    Thanks 144man - love the Spinners Bad, Bad Weather (Till You Come Home)

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    Michael Jackson's version of "Maria (You Were the Only One)" was produced by Hal Davis.

    A lot of the Gordy/Story tracks seem to have a strange marching tempo. Others have a laid-back almost hypnotic quality to them. Jimmy Ruffin's "Change Your Mind" combines both of these elements and is one of my favourites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 144man View Post
    Michael Jackson's version of "Maria (You Were the Only One)" was produced by Hal Davis.

    A lot of the Gordy/Story tracks seem to have a strange marching tempo. Others have a laid-back almost hypnotic quality to them. Jimmy Ruffin's "Change Your Mind" combines both of these elements and is one of my favourites.
    Sorry about that. Your original post does say wrote and produced.

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    ^^^ I haven't been consistent myself. For instance I've included The Jackson 5's "The Young Folks", which also was produced by Hal Davis.

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    Them as well as LAWRENCE BROWN and ANNA GORDY did the phenomenal SAME O SAME for the tops. Why the hell was that not released? No excuse

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakepit View Post
    Thanks for that 144man.
    I might look at compiling a CD of some of the best of these.
    Did you ever get round to compilng a CD?

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    Not yet..but I'm impressed with this line up of tunes.
    I will get around to it...it will be a nice change to obvious tracks that's for sure

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    Looking at DFTMC, for Jimmy Ruffin's "Our Favourite Melody" it says alt. title "In And Out Of My Life", and for Martha & Vandellas' "In and Out of My Life" it says alt. title "Our Favorite Melody". Now they don't sound like the same tune to me. Am I missing something musically?

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    Don't think so.
    I was under the imptession that "alt titles" were used for Union requirements for sessions....not always linked to an actual recording

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    ^^^That makes sense.

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    Emmm both recordings show the same writers - producers - paperwork doesn't link them apart from the common team of writers - producers. In And Out was published 28th Dec 1971 and Our Favourite 16th June 1970. Looks like Erik and the Vikings may have had a go at In And Out Of My Life with the J5 considering it and a demo recorded fort hem. Curiouser and curiouser.

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