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  1. #1

    Who recorded Grapevine first?

    Wasnít it the Miracles on one of their albums?

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    The Miracles recorded their first version in August 1966.

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    The Isley's claimed to have recorded it too. I guess Norman wiped their vocals from the track 'cause their version doesn't exist anymore.

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    Miracles - completed Aug 66
    Marvin - completed april 67
    GKATP - completed june 67
    Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers - completed Dec 67
    Temptations - completed Dec 68
    The Rustic - completed june 69, on the Rare Earth label
    Sounds Nice - data unknown, on the Rare Earth label
    Undisputed Truth - completed Oct 70

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinn View Post
    The Isley's claimed to have recorded it too. I guess Norman wiped their vocals from the track 'cause their version doesn't exist anymore.
    Thatís what Iíve always assumed. If that is indeed what happened, it sucks because Iíd love to hear Ron Isley cut his teeth on that song.

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    The Miracles recorded two versions, the first in August 66 and a second version recorded in May '68. Both have been released.

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    Thanks all!

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    Lest we forget: The super-popular The California Raisins' version! (tv commercial in the 70s?) Made raisins THE hip snack food!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinn View Post
    The Isley's claimed to have recorded it too. I guess Norman wiped their vocals from the track 'cause their version doesn't exist anymore.
    I've heard that Norman Whitfield used the backing track that The Isley's used for their version of "Grapevine" (after removing their vocal tracks) for The Temptations take on the song for the Cloud Nine LP.

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    Yeah the Miracles did it first in 1966. Thought that was common knowledge lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativeNY63 View Post
    Lest we forget: The super-popular The California Raisins' version! (tv commercial in the 70s?) Made raisins THE hip snack food!
    ...lest we forget also ...some other notable artists that have recorded 'Grapevine' at some time or another...

    Average White Band
    Barbara Dickson
    Bar-Kays
    Bettye Lavette
    Chi-Lites
    Craig David
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Donnie Elbert
    Dusty Springfield
    Earl Klugh
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Elton John
    Fairport Convention
    Flying Pickets
    Human Nature
    Ike & Tina Turner
    Joe Cocker
    John Legend
    Joni Mitchell
    Kaiser Chiefs
    King Curtis
    Manfred Mann
    Michael Bolton
    Paul Revere & Raiders
    Paul Weller & Amy Winehouse
    Peter Gabriel
    Pink Floyd
    Red Prysock
    Ricardo King
    Rosetta Hightower
    Ruby Turner
    Toots & Maytals
    Trini Lopez
    Vanilla Fudge
    Will Young
    Willie Bobo
    Zapp

    Grape

  12. #12
    Do u have faves grape? How u been?

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    Don’t think the Isleys would have recorded it to the same backing track as the Tempts’ version. The Isleys I reckon made their last recordings at Motown in 1967. The Temptations’ version has that 1968/69 Whitfield Cloud Nine sound. His productions didn’t sound like that in 67

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulwally View Post
    Don’t think the Isleys would have recorded it to the same backing track as the Tempts’ version. The Isleys I reckon made their last recordings at Motown in 1967. The Temptations’ version has that 1968/69 Whitfield Cloud Nine sound. His productions didn’t sound like that in 67
    All Because I Love You was completed June 1968, produced by Frank Wilson.

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    The Isleys never recorded a version.

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    Grape, some of the acts you listed never recorded 'Grapevine' they only sung it live on TV shows. e.g. Dusty, Amy & Paul, Fairport Convention. You missed out my fav version by the Slits

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    I love the Slits' version!

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    Quote Originally Posted by midnightman View Post
    I love the Slits' version!
    Excellent!


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    Quote Originally Posted by copley View Post
    Excellent!

    YES!!! *dancing*

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    Quote Originally Posted by luke View Post
    Do u have faves grape? How u been?
    Ok here luke ...hope all's good with you ...I hear so many versions these days ...this is probably my current favourite ...enjoy...!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YEiMLRgMow

    Grape

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    Well Grape, I had never heard of Red Prysock only his brother Arthur. Great version, very Jr. Walker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grapevine View Post
    ...lest we forget also ...some other notable artists that have recorded 'Grapevine' at some time or another...

    Average White Band
    Barbara Dickson
    Bar-Kays
    Bettye Lavette
    Chi-Lites
    Craig David
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Donnie Elbert
    Dusty Springfield
    Earl Klugh
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Elton John
    Fairport Convention
    Flying Pickets
    Human Nature
    Ike & Tina Turner
    Joe Cocker
    John Legend
    Joni Mitchell
    Kaiser Chiefs
    King Curtis
    Manfred Mann
    Michael Bolton
    Paul Revere & Raiders
    Paul Weller & Amy Winehouse
    Peter Gabriel
    Pink Floyd
    Red Prysock
    Ricardo King
    Rosetta Hightower
    Ruby Turner
    Toots & Maytals
    Trini Lopez
    Vanilla Fudge
    Will Young
    Willie Bobo
    Zapp

    Grape

    Nice list. I'm going to try to listen to all of them on youtube ....

    I also thought ZAPP did IHITTG, but it's not on any of their albums. It was a solo project
    by lead member Roger (Troutman):


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