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    Favorite productions by artists for other artists

    I was listening to the Originals' in my car yesterday ("The Bells" and "Baby, I'm For Real") and I so loved the production by Marvin Gaye.

    So, naturally, I started to think about some more of my favorite productions by artists who also produced for other artists while at Motown. Stevie Wonder came to mind with "It's a Shame" by the Spinners.

    What are some of yours?

    I intentionally left off Smokey because he did so many productions for others that it would take a while for me to pick my favorites.

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    Diana Ross - Kewpie Doll (Smokey Robinson)
    Diana Ross - It's Hard for Me to Say (Luther Vandross)
    The Supremes - Bad Weather (Stevie Wonder)
    Aretha Franklin - Jump to It (Luther Vandross)
    Aretha Franklin - A Rose is Still a Rose (Lauryn Hill)
    Patti LaBelle - Yo, Mister (Prince)
    Millie Jackson - Something You Can Feel (Gerald Levert and Eddie Levert)
    The Staple Singers - Let's Do It Again (Curtis Mayfield)

    These are just the tip of the iceberg.

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    I know you asked for Motown examples Gary, but since you didn't put the thread in the Motown section , that makes it fair game , so I'll fudge a little and meet you half-way:

    Don't know why this came to me of all things , but i do think it's an excellent example of someone putting their personal stamp on a project and making it work for someone else (in this case someone you'd least expect) :



    (Rick James and Eddie Murphy of course)
    Last edited by Boogiedown; 05-24-2020 at 04:53 PM.

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    Of intra-Motown production collabs, for my money, Stevie takes the cake with this joint:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Boogiedown View Post
    I know you asked for Motown examples Gary, but since you didn't put the thread in the Motown section , that makes it fair game , so I'll fudge a little and meet you half-way:

    Don't know why this came to me of all things , but i do think it's an excellent example of someone putting their personal stamp on a project and making it work for someone else (in this case someone you'd least expect) :



    (Rick James and Eddie Murphy of course)
    I, for some reason, keep forgetting to post in the correct forum lately. So you are right; it's fair game.

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    My picks are:
    Stevie Wonder for Syreeta, Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta and his uncredited work on Minnie Ripperton's Perfect Angel.
    And Smokey Robinson for The Temptations Sing Smokey

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    Almost forgot these:
    Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson for The Marvelettes' "Destination: Anywhere", Gladys Knight & The Pips' "Didn't You Know (You Had To Cry Sometime)" and Diana Ross' Surrender, The Boss & Her Solo Debut LP.
    Last edited by Motown Eddie; 05-25-2020 at 09:30 AM.

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    One More-
    Bobby Taylor's production of The Jackson 5's "Who's Loving You".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motown Eddie View Post
    One More-
    Bobby Taylor's production of The Jackson 5's "Who's Loving You".
    Masterpiece, plain and simp....

    Fire and Desire Teena Marie and producer Rick James
    Freaky Styley Red Hot Chilli Peppers by George Clinton

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    How Many Times can we say Goodbye, sung by Dionne Warwick, produced by Luther Vandross.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lockhartgary View Post
    I started to think about some more of my favorite productions by artists who also produced for other artists while at Motown. Stevie Wonder came to mind with "It's a Shame" by the Spinners.

    What are some of yours?

    I intentionally left off Smokey because he did so many productions for others that it would take a while for me to pick my favorites.
    Stevie's "It's a Shame" for the Spinners was my first thought (and choice). I also liked his "We'll Have It Made" for the Spinners. I really liked Marvin's "Baby,
    I'm For Real" and "The Bells" for the Originals.

    Smokey, of course, is the greatest Motown artist to produce other Motown artists, but he was also a writer/producer. As were Ashford & Simpson and Johnny Bristol. I love all their work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by splanky View Post
    Masterpiece, plain and simp....

    Fire and Desire Teena Marie and producer Rick James
    Freaky Styley Red Hot Chilli Peppers by George Clinton
    Ditto w/Rickie James and FAD. Remember that oh so weak attempt at his production magic w/Maxwell & Alicia Keys cover? Don't know who was at the boards, but it stinks! On its face, the match-up should have worked...

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    Quote Originally Posted by reese View Post
    Diana Ross - Kewpie Doll (Smokey Robinson)
    Diana Ross - It's Hard for Me to Say (Luther Vandross)
    The Supremes - Bad Weather (Stevie Wonder)
    Aretha Franklin - Jump to It (Luther Vandross)
    Aretha Franklin - A Rose is Still a Rose (Lauryn Hill)
    Patti LaBelle - Yo, Mister (Prince)
    Millie Jackson - Something You Can Feel (Gerald Levert and Eddie Levert)
    The Staple Singers - Let's Do It Again (Curtis Mayfield)

    These are just the tip of the iceberg.
    Didn't Luther also do a whole album w/Ree Ree? I'm aware of Jump to It.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativeNY63 View Post
    Didn't Luther also do a whole album w/Ree Ree? I'm aware of Jump to It.
    He did two albums with her, JUMP TO IT and GET IT RIGHT.

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    Off the top of my head:

    Intra Motown, definitely Marvin's work with the Originals. Stevie's work on Syreeta's second album is amazing IMO. I don't care for Syreeta's voice, but I adore that album.

    In general, Kashif>Whitney Houston "You Give Good Love". Mostly anything Babyface produced between the late 80s and mid 90s. Practically Full Force's entire production catalog.

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