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    A temptin irony!

    Hi temptaholics, we all know that eddie died from lung cancer as a result of his smoking habit,but has anyone ever noticed that in the photo on the back of the classic lp[gettin ready]it is david who is photographed holding a cigarette?

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    I think a lot of Motown artist use to smoke back in the day, sadly

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    Quote Originally Posted by arr&bee View Post
    Hi temptaholics, we all know that eddie died from lung cancer as a result of his smoking habit,but has anyone ever noticed that in the photo on the back of the classic lp[gettin ready]it is david who is photographed holding a cigarette?
    JAI almost all of Motown smoked in those days. Women and men. Artists, musicians, and management. There are many pictures of the Motown people smoking. I remember when you could smoke in any club or bar you went into.
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    So many of our artists died from lung and throat cancer due to smoking. Paul Williams smoked also and smoking exacerbates sickle cell anemia, but unfortunately pre-1970 not much was known about sickle cell anemia and there was not an abundance of knowledge about the long term effects of smoking. Not to mention Motown artists were worked around the clock so they did not have access to health care. Name:  9F05128B-364D-4905-B94F-1F592A36B612.jpg
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    Didn't Diana Ross smoke?

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    Everybody smoked in those days and beyond! Many smoked KOOL cigarettes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SatansBlues View Post
    I think a lot of Motown artist use to smoke back in the day, sadly
    It was hard to find anyone in the entertainment business from the '50s & '60s who didn't smoke. It wasn't until the '70s that it was general knowledge that smoking was bad for your health. And the stories have been told many times that both Eddie Kendricks & Mary Wells loved to smoke (and we lost both of them to cancer within months of each other in 1992).

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    Marvin Gaye:
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    the Supremes
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    Quote Originally Posted by jobucats View Post
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    Exactly! Thanks, Jobucats

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    I did read that during the time Diana Ross and Marvin were doing duets...Diana couldn't stand the smell of weed in the studio OR on Marvin and it's one of the reasons they didn't do more songs together...

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    there was no stigma back then

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    Yeah most of the artist in those days in general smoked. They just didn't know better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stubass1 View Post
    i did read that during the time diana ross and marvin were doing duets...diana couldn't stand the smell of weed in the studio or on marvin and it's one of the reasons they didn't do more songs together...
    she had berry speak to him,but marvin wasn't putting down that joint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Encyclopedia Mack View Post
    Yeah most of the artist in those days in general smoked. They just didn't know better.
    There used to be television commercials where doctors encouraged smoking. They thought it helped with indigestion, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arr&bee View Post
    she had berry speak to him,but marvin wasn't putting down that joint.
    She smoked at one time and it wasn't just cigarettes. Her problem was she was pregnant when working with Marvin.

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    Don't all those classic movies. It was the height of sophistication to have a cancer stick betwixt your digits. Cool, baby.

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    Forget Motown, didnít most everybody smoke back then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimal Saint View Post
    Forget Motown, didn’t most everybody smoke back then?
    YES! My parents, my grandfather, uncles, aunts, neighbors, teachers all of them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimal Saint View Post
    Forget Motown, didn’t most everybody smoke back then?
    It was so accepted that as a 6,7, 8-year-old kid, I can remember running to the local store to buy them for adults and they would let me keep the change for candy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    It was so accepted that as a 6,7, 8-year-old kid, I can remember running to the local store to buy them for adults and they would let me keep the change for candy.
    Yeah, Marv, Candy Cigarettes!
    We were clueless!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativeNY63 View Post
    Yeah, Marv, Candy Cigarettes!
    We were clueless!
    Yeah, I remember the candy ones, but I also remember buying Salems, Winstons, Kools and even Lucky Strikes for relatives and neighbors. Cigarettes were like 35 cents a pack back then and you didn't have to show and ID to buy them.

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    That's how it was in d.c. Too back in the day,nobody asked questions in the early sixties.

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    Well Stevie sang about it in "Sir Duke", Thelma Houston in "Cheap Lovin' ", The Temptations in "Fading Away" and there's more.

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    "Smokin' in the boys' room."

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    Rufus featuring Chaka Khan...."Smoking Room"


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    Quote Originally Posted by SatansBlues View Post
    I think a lot of Motown artist use to smoke back in the day, sadly
    Yup, there are promotional pictures from the early '60s of Marvin holding a cigarette.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midnightman View Post
    Yup, there are promotional pictures from the early '60s of Marvin holding a cigarette.
    Marvin smoked ALL of his life beginning as a teenager just like most everyone else.

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    I remember asking Martha Reeves for one of her cigarettes once. She made or rolled her own out of this fancy paper....hehehehehehehe! She doesn't smoke now and frowns on it. Same thing with Mary Wilson.

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    Cholly Atkins and the Four Tops:
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    Diana backstage:
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    There a picture in TCMS 68 of Marvin and Tammi smoking backstage. I also saw a picture of her smoking with IIRC two members of the Rascals.

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