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  1. #1

    Four or More Motown Versions???

    On my TV music channel the other day, I heard that familiar little tinkle telling me that "Put Yourself in My Place" was coming on. While waiting for the vocal to begin, I realized it was not the Supremes' version so I assumed it was going to be the Elgins. Well it turned out to be the Isley Brothers version.

    After that it occurred to me that Chris Clark also covered the song, which leads me to this question.......Are there any other Motown songs that were covered by as many as four of their artists? Any songs that were done five or more times?

  2. #2
    Best to check DFTMC...enter title and the versions are listed for you.

  3. #3
    I Heard It Through the Grapevine
    Gladys Knight & the Pips, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Miracles, Undisputed Truth, Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers

    Most Norman Whitfield songs had at least three covers

    Who's Loving You?
    The Miracles, The Supremes, The Temptations, Brenda Holloway, Jackson 5, etc.(?)

  4. #4
    It's an old chestnut.

    For Once in My Life....

    See this thread
    https://soulfuldetroit.com/showthrea...o-s-Loving-You

  5. #5
    nabob, re.

    I Heard IT Through the Grapevine

    Gladys Knight & the Pips, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Miracles, Undisputed Truth, Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers

    don't forget:

    Rare Earth, on the 1978 Prodigal/Motown album Grand Slam...and
    Martha Reeves, on the 1986 Object Enterprises album The Collection...

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by benross View Post
    nabob, re.

    I Heard IT Through the Grapevine

    Gladys Knight & the Pips, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Miracles, Undisputed Truth, Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers

    don't forget:

    Rare Earth, on the 1978 Prodigal/Motown album Grand Slam...and
    Martha Reeves, on the 1986 Object Enterprises album The Collection...
    Bettye Lavette..on her Tell me a lie LP

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  8. #8
    Four different versions is a pretty low bar for Motown...

    One that comes to my mind is Money:

    Barrett Strong
    Richard "Popcorn" Wylie
    The Miracles
    Amos Milburn
    Mary Wells
    Hattie Littles
    Earl van Dyke
    The Supremes
    Jr Walker & The All Stars
    Blinky

    There's also one listed in DFTMC by "The Mob", produced by Jerry Ross in 1971, that I never heard of until now:



    Granted, not all of those were released back in the day, but they were recorded and eventually came out.
    Last edited by calvin; 10-16-2020 at 09:02 AM.

  9. #9
    Here's a Motown Song that had four different versions; "Whisper You Love Me Boy"-
    Recorded by Mary Wells, The Supremes, The Lewis Sisters & Chris Clark.

  10. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by snakepit View Post
    Wow! What an extensive website. I will have to investigate it further sometime.

  11. #11
    Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever

    Four Tops
    Marvin Gaye
    Ivy Jo Hunter
    Chuck Jackson
    Martha & The Vandellas

  12. #12
    Nowhere To Run

    Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
    The Isley Brothers
    Dynamic Superior
    Bonnie Pointer

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    I'm sure "My Girl" was sung by a LOT more than 4 different artists/groups. When I was looking in The Vault at tapes of unreleased recordings during most of The 1970s, I saw so many versions of the same songs by different artists that I got the feeling that it was Motown's policy to record EVERY song by EVERY artist. It seemed like at least 4-5 other artists recorded almost every song Jimmy Ruffin sang, and many songs The Velvelettes sang, as well. Several by Bobby Taylor, too.

  14. #14
    Back in the 60s, when the three top female groups were battling it out on the radio and on vinyl, I tried to think if there was any one song that all three had recorded and I could never come up with one. We know of some examples of two (such as the Vandellas and Marvelettes each doing No More Tearstained Make Up and the Supremes and Vandellas each doing Heat Wave) but was there ever that one song that all three recorded?

  15. #15
    At least one song not written for Motown also got the multiple-artist treatment:

    Yesterday:

    The Supremes
    Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    Marvin Gaye
    Chris Clark

    The Temptations also covered it on a live album.
    Last edited by calvin; 10-16-2020 at 09:19 AM.

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    I'm sure "My Girl" was sung by a LOT more than 4 different artists/groups. When I was looking in The Vault at tapes of unreleased recordings during most of The 1970s, I saw so many versions of the same songs by different artists that I got the feeling that it was Motown's policy to record EVERY song by EVERY artist. It seemed like at least 4-5 other artists recorded almost every song Jimmy Ruffin sang, and many songs The Velvelettes sang, as well. Several by Bobby Taylor, too.
    I wouldn't be surprised if that were the case. If anything, it certainly gave lots of opportunities to determine the old question, "is it the singer or the song?" In listening to some of the multiple versions of the same song I'm finding the singer really can make the difference between a merely so-so song and one that you want to hear over and over. When The Fantastic Four sing "I Feel Like I'm Falling In Love Again" I hit "repeat". When Jimmy Ruffin sings it, not so much. Yet Jimmy was perfect on a lot of those Dean/Weatherspoon songs in general.

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    I'm sure "My Girl" was sung by a LOT more than 4 different artists/groups. When I was looking in The Vault at tapes of unreleased recordings during most of The 1970s, I saw so many versions of the same songs by different artists that I got the feeling that it was Motown's policy to record EVERY song by EVERY artist. It seemed like at least 4-5 other artists recorded almost every song Jimmy Ruffin sang, and many songs The Velvelettes sang, as well. Several by Bobby Taylor, too.
    According to DFTMC, "My Girl" was recorded by:

    The Temptations
    Earl Van Dyke
    Stevie Wonder
    Marvin Gaye
    San Remo Golden Strings
    Jonah Jones
    The Miracles
    Michael Jackson

    Of course, there may still be other versions in the vaults, who knows.

  18. #18
    "Since I've Lost You" written by Norman Whitfield

    1) Jimmy Ruffin
    2) The Velvelettes
    3) Gladys Knight and the Pips
    4) The Temptations
    5) The Undisputed Truth

  19. #19
    From DFTMC.

    For Once In My Life (Ronald Miller-Orlando Murden) published Stein & Van Stock 15-Jul-65

    Blinky; recorded Hitsville-GW, completed 26-Aug-69 ; produced by Frank Wilson ; [v2]
    unreleased; LP (S): Motown MS712 Sunny And Warm

    Sammy Davis Jr; recorded 22-Oct-69 ; produced by Deke Richards ; [recorded for Reprise]
    May-70; LP (S): Motown MS710 Something For Everyone

    Kiki Dee; recorded Hitsville-GW, completed 15-Dec-69 ; produced by Duke Browner
    Jul-70; LP (S): Tamla TS303 Great Expectations
    May-74; LP (S): MFP 90030 Kiki Dee [UK]
    15-Aug-05; CD (S): Motown 983 1795 Love Makes The World Go Round - The Motown Years [UK]

    The Ding Dongs; recorded Hitsville-GW, completed 21-Jun-70 ; produced by Tom King
    Aug-70; LP (S): Motown MS716 Gimme Dat Ding

    Jean DuShon; recorded Jul-66 ; produced by Esmond Edwards ; arranged by Bert Keyes
    Sep-66; 45: Cadet-5545 B [only Murden credited as writer]

    Billy Eckstine; recorded L.A. / N.Y., completed 28-Jan-66 ; produced by William Stevenson
    30-Dec-16; MP3 (M): UMC Digital Release Motown Unreleased 1966 [2016 mix]
    15-Dec-17; CD (M): Motown B0027684-02 Motown Unreleased 1966 [2016 mix]

    Four Tops; recorded L.A. / Hitsville, completed 07-Jul-66 ; produced by Frank Wilson
    Mar-67; LP (M): Motown M657 Four Tops On Broadway
    Mar-67; LP (S): Motown S657 Four Tops On Broadway
    27-Jun-68; 45 (M): Motown M 1127 B
    Jul-74; LP (S): Motown M9-809R3 Anthology
    27-Jun-00; CD: Spectrum 530 791 2 Reach Out I'll Be There [UK]
    25-Sep-01; CD (M): Motown 314 556 225 2 Fourever
    03-Oct-07; CD (M): Hip-O Select B0009708-02 The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 8 1968
    02-Apr-13; CD (M): Hip-O Select B0017484-02 50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1964-1972
    02-Oct-15; MP3 (S): UMC Digital Release Four Tops On Broadway

    Connie Haines; recorded L.A. / Hitsville, completed 23-Jul-65 ; produced by Marc Gordon, Hal Davis, Ronald Miller
    11-Dec-15; MP3 (M): UMC Digital Release Motown Unreleased 1965 - Various Artists

    Joe Harnell; recorded Hitsville-GW, completed 03-Sep-69 ; produced by Wade Marcus
    Dec-69; LP (S): Motown S698 Moving On!!
    2000; CD: JHCD 06 Moving On!!

    Jonah Jones; recorded Hitsville-GW, completed 01-Oct-68 ; produced by Henry Cosby
    Mar-69; LP (S): Motown S683 Along Came Jonah

    Gladys Knight & The Pips; recorded Hitsville-GW / MoWest ; produced by Clay McMurray ; arranged by H.B. Barnum, O. Nelson
    Feb-73; LP (S): Soul S737L Neither One Of Us
    Apr-73; 45: Soul S 35105F B
    16-Jan-74; LP (S): Motown-M-792S2 Anthology
    21-Mar-95; CD: Motown 530 483 2 Anthology / The Best Of Gladys Knight & The Pips
    Jul-00; CD (S): Spectrum 544 313 2 The Motown Years [UK]
    06-Nov-06; CD (S): Motown 984 1940 Neither One of Us / All I Need Is Time [UK]

    Barbara McNair; recorded L.A. / Hitsville, completed 25-Oct-65 ; produced by Hal Davis, Marc Gordon ; [Hitsville vocal odb]
    unreleased; 45 (M): Motown M 1112 B [released on Motown 1123]
    Nov-66; LP (M): Motown M644 Here I Am
    Nov-66; LP (S): Motown S644 Here I Am
    26-Mar-68; 45 (M): Motown M 1123 B [scheduled for Motown 1112]
    26-Jan-04; CD (S): Motown 017 554 2 Barbara McNair - The Ultimate Motown Collection [UK]
    25-May-07; CD (M): Hip-O Select B0008993-02 The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 7 1967

    The Miracles; recorded L.A. / Hitsville-GW, completed 26-Mar-69 ; produced by Smokey Robinson, Wade Marcus ; arranged by Dave Van DePitte
    10-Jul-69; LP (S): Tamla S295 Time Out For Smokey Robinson And the Miracles
    07-May-01; CD (S): Motown 013 186 2 Time Out / Four In Blue [UK]

    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations; recorded 23-Aug-68 ; produced by Motown Productions Inc ; [tv "TCB (Taking Care Of Business)"]
    02-Dec-68; LP (S): Motown S682 The Original Soundtrack From TCB
    20-Sep-94; CD (S): Motown 530 338 2 Emperors Of Soul
    23-Oct-00; CD (S): Motown 159 618 2 A Bit Of Liverpool / TCB (With The Temptations) [UK]

    Soupy Sales; recorded Hitsville-GW, completed 18-Dec-68 ; produced by Ronald Miller
    Apr-69; LP (S): Motown S686 A Bag Of Soup

    Kay Stevens; recording details unknown ; [tv "The Temptations Show"]
    10-Jul-68; LP (S): Gordy S933 The Temptations Show [rechanneled stereo]
    09-Jun-15; MP3: UMC Digital Release The Temptations Show

    The Temptations; recorded L.A. / Hitsville-GW, completed 18-Oct-67 ; produced by Frank Wilson, Jeffrey Bowen ; [lead Paul Williams]
    27-Nov-67; LP (S): Gordy S924 In A Mellow Mood
    27-Nov-67; LP (M): Gordy G924 In A Mellow Mood
    13-Jul-98; CD (S): Motown 530 933 2 In A Mellow Mood
    23-Oct-00; CD: Motown 159 511 2 Wish It Would Rain / In A Mellow Mood [UK]
    The Temptations; recorded live Copa, N.Y.
    09-Dec-68; LP (S): Gordy S938 Live At The Copa
    09-Dec-68; LP (M): Gordy G938 Live At The Copa [Promo copies only]
    01-Jul-91; CD: Motown MOTD 5306 Live At The Copa
    23-Oct-00; CD: Motown 159 444 2 Live At The Copa / With A Lot O' Soul [UK]

    The Vandellas; recorded live 20 Grand, Detroit, completed 08-Jun-67
    Sep-67; LP (M): Gordy G925 Martha And The Vandellas Live!
    Sep-67; LP (S): Gordy S925 Martha And The Vandellas Live!
    The Vandellas; recorded L.A. / Hitsville-GW, completed 18-Jul-67 ; produced by Harvey Fuqua, Johnny Bristol
    13-Nov-06; CD (S): Hip-O Select B0003616-02 Spellbound: Motown Lost & Found
    The Vandellas; recorded live Copa, N.Y. (1st show), 22-Jun-68
    11-Oct-68 [acetate]; LP: Q HEM-0957/8-FNDD
    The Vandellas; recorded live Copa, N.Y. (2nd show), 22-Jun-68
    31-Jul-68 [acetate]; LP: Q HEM-0505/6-FNLL

    Stevie Wonder; recorded Hitsville-GW, completed 09-Sep-68 ; produced by Henry Cosby ; [v2]
    15-Oct-68; 45 (M): Tamla T 54174 A
    08-Dec-68; LP (M): Tamla T291 For Once In My Life [DJ copies only?]
    08-Dec-68; LP (S): Tamla S291 For Once In My Life
    Mar-71; LP (S): Motown MS730 The Motown Story Volume 4 [with intro by Stevie Wonder]
    May-71; LP (S): Motown MS732 Motown Chartbusters Volume 3
    Nov-71; LP (S): Tamla T313L Greatest Hits Vol. 2
    30-Nov-77; LP (S): Motown M804LP3 Looking Back
    Aug-86; CD (S): Motown MCDO 8025 TD For Once In My Life / Up Tight
    30-Jul-92; CD: Motown 530 047 2 Essential [UK]
    03-Nov-92; CD (M): Motown MOTD 6312 Hitsville USA The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971
    13-Jun-95; CD (S): Motown 530 507 2 Motown Year By Year / The Sound Of Young America 1968
    1997; CD (S): Britannia 530 710 Motown: The History: Changing Times [UK]
    1997; CD (M): DPSM 5240 The Complete Motown Anthology Vol 4
    02-Nov-98; CD (S): Spectrum 554 146 2 Motown Chartbusters Volume 3 [UK]
    23-Sep-03; CD (S): Motown B000101602 The Motown Story Volume 1: The 1960s
    11-May-04; CD (S): Motown 066 365-2 Standing In The Shadows of Motown - De Luxe [band track]
    12-Mar-05; CD (M): Reader's Digest RDCD 4631-3 The Ultimate Motown Collection - Soul Brothers
    04-Oct-05; CD (S): Singing Machine G8864 Motown Classics - I Just Want To Celebrate Vol. 14 [band track]
    12-Oct-05; MP3 (M): UMC Digital Release The Complete Stevie Wonder
    12-Oct-05; MP3 (S): UMC Digital Release The Complete Stevie Wonder
    03-Oct-07; CD (M): Hip-O Select B0009708-02 The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 8 1968
    Stevie Wonder; recorded live Fox Theatre, Detroit, completed 28-Dec-68
    Jul-69; LP (S): Motown S688 Motortown Revue Live
    26-Aug-05; CD (S): Hip-O Select B0003623-02 The Motortown Revue Collection
    04-Oct-05; CD (S): Singing Machine G8864 Motown Classics - I Just Want To Celebrate Vol. 14
    12-Oct-05; MP3: UMC Digital Release The Complete Stevie Wonder
    Stevie Wonder; recorded Hitsville-GW, completed 17-Jan-70 ; produced by non-contract producer ; [Spanish lyrics, text Amart/Duarte, title "Por Primera Vez"]
    1970; 45 (M): Tamla Motown M5078 B [Spain]
    12-Oct-05; MP3 (M): UMC Digital Release The Complete Stevie Wonder
    26-Feb-10; CD (M): Hip-O Select B0013917-02 Motown Around The World - The Classic Singles And More
    Stevie Wonder; recorded live Talk Of The Town, London, Jun-70
    Oct-70; LP: Tamla Motown STML11164 Live at the Talk of the Town [UK]
    12-Oct-05; MP3 (S): UMC Digital Release The Complete Stevie Wonder
    Stevie Wonder & Diana Ross; recorded Hollywood Palace Theater, L.A., 18-Oct-69 ; produced by Deke Richards ; [tv "Hollywood Palace"]
    Mar-70; LP (S): Motown MS703 Motown At The Hollywood Palace
    12-Oct-05; MP3: UMC Digital Release The Complete Stevie Wonder

    Beyond 1972 there is also Diana's solo version from 1977 as yet not released on CD.

  20. #20
    Motown 4 or More ...according to DFTMC...2018 version...!!

    Ain't No Sun Since You've Been Gone

    Chuck Jackson
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    The Supremes
    The Temptations
    The Undisputed Truth

    Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing

    Kiki Dee
    Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
    The Jackson 5
    Jonah Jones
    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    The Supremes & The Four Tops

    Ask The Lonely

    Billy Eckstine
    The Four Tops
    Tommy Good
    Ivy Jo
    The Jackson 5

    Baby Don't You Do It

    Marvin Gaye
    The Isley Brothers
    Barbara Randolph
    Stevie Wonder

    Baby I Need Your Loving

    Choker Campbell
    Tom Clay
    The Four Tops
    Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
    Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    The Supremes

    Bridge Over Troubled Water

    Leonard Caston
    Tom Clay
    The Jackson 5
    The Miracles
    The Originals
    The Supremes
    Stevie Wonder

    California Soul

    Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
    Jonah Jones
    The Messengers
    The Miracles
    Edwin Starr
    The Undisputed Truth

    Can I Get A Witness

    Blinky
    Marvin Gaye
    Barbara Randolph
    The Supremes
    Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers
    Stevie Wonder

    Chained

    Marvin Gaye
    The Jackson 5
    Paul Petersen
    Barbara Randolph
    Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers

    The Christmas Song Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire

    Marvin Gaye
    The Jackson 5
    The Miracles
    The Supremes
    The Temptations
    Stevie Wonder

    Cloud Nine

    Marvin Gaye
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    Edwin Starr
    The Temptations

    Come On And See Me

    Chris Clark
    Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
    The Supremes
    Tammi Terrell

    Come See About Me

    Choker Campbell
    The Contours
    The Originals
    The Supremes
    The Underdogs
    Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers
    Jr Walker & the All Stars

    Come To Me

    Frances Burnett
    The Contours
    Marv Johnson
    The Miracles
    Mary Wells

    Didn't We

    James Darren
    Joe Harnell
    Eddie Kendricks
    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    The Supremes

    Do You Love Me

    George Bohannon Quartet
    The Contours
    The Miracles
    The Supremes

    Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me

    The Four Tops
    Jimmy Ruffin
    The Temptations
    The Undisputed Truth

    Don't Mess With Bill

    Jonah Jones
    The Marvelettes
    Barbara McNair
    Earl Van Dyke

    Eleanor Rigby

    The Four Tops
    Rare Earth
    The Supremes
    Bobby Taylor

    The End Of Our Road

    Marvin Gaye
    Jonah Jones
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    The Temptations

    Every Little Bit Hurts

    Brenda Holloway
    Stacie Johnson
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    Barbara Wilson

    Everybody Needs Love

    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    The Miracles
    Jimmy Ruffin
    The Temptations
    The Velvelettes
    Mary Wells

    Feelin' Alright

    The Jackson 5
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    Rare Earth
    Diana Ross with The Jackson 5
    David Ruffin
    The Rustix
    The Undisputed Truth
    Jr Walker & the All Stars

    Fire And Rain

    Matrix
    Bobby Darin
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    R Dean Taylor

    Fly Me To The Moon In Other Words

    Beans Bowles
    Lefty Edwards
    Marvin Gaye
    Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers

    For Once In My Life

    Blinky
    Sammy Davis Jr
    Kiki Dee
    The Ding Dongs
    Jean DuShon
    Billy Eckstine
    The Four Tops
    Connie Haines
    Joe Harnell
    Jonah Jones
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    Barbara McNair
    The Miracles
    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    Soupy Sales
    Kay Stevens
    The Temptations
    Stevie Wonder
    Stevie Wonder & Diana Ross

    Forever

    Marvin Gaye
    The Marvelettes
    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    Stevie Wonder

    Get Ready

    The Miracles
    Rare Earth
    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    San Remo Golden Strings
    The Supremes
    The Temptations

    Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got

    Marvin Gaye
    Jimmy Ruffin
    R Dean Taylor
    The Temptations
    Earl Van Dyke

    Gonna Keep On Tryin' Till I Win Your Love

    Marvin Gaye
    Jimmy Ruffin
    Edwin Starr
    The Temptations
    The Undisputed Truth

    Got To Get You Into My Life

    Chris Clark
    Chris Clark & The Vancouvers
    The Four Tops
    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations

    Gotta Have Your Lovin'

    The Fiestas
    Marvin Gaye
    Hattie Littles
    Eugene Remus

    Green Grow The Lilacs

    The Festivals
    Joe Harnell
    Jonah Jones
    Ronald Miller
    The Originals
    Soupy Sales

    Hello Young Lovers

    The Four Tops
    Marvin Gaye
    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    The Temptations
    Stevie Wonder

    Hey Jude

    The Miracles
    The Supremes
    The Temptations
    Jr Walker & the All Stars

    Honey Come Back

    Dorsey Burnette
    Chuck Jackson
    Jimmy Ruffin
    Jr Walker & the All Stars
    Jim Webb

    How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You

    The Elgins
    Marvin Gaye
    The Isley Brothers
    Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers
    Jr Walker & the All Stars

    The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game

    Blinky
    The Marvelettes
    Barbara McNair
    The Miracles

    I Can't Give Back The Love I Feel For You

    Kiki Dee
    Suzee Ikeda
    Diana Ross
    The Supremes
    Rita Wright

    I Can't Help Myself Sugar Pie Honey Bunch

    The Four Tops
    Johnny Ross & The Soul Explosions
    The Supremes
    Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers

    I Hear A Symphony

    The Isley Brothers
    The Jackson 5
    Barbara McNair
    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    The Supremes
    Stevie Wonder

    I Heard It Through The Grapevine

    Marvin Gaye
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    The Miracles
    The Rustix
    Sounds Nice
    Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
    The Temptations
    The Undisputed Truth

    I Know I'm Losing You

    The Jackson 5
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    Rare Earth
    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    The Temptations
    Jr Walker & the All Stars

    I Like Everything About You

    Chris Clark
    Dennis Edwards
    The Four Tops
    Eddie Holland
    Chuck Jackson

    I Second That Emotion

    Kiki Dee
    Barbara McNair
    The Miracles
    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    San Remo Golden Strings

    I Want To Go Back There Again

    Chris Clark
    Chris Clark & The Vancouvers
    Thelma Houston
    Rita Wright

    I Was Made To Love Her

    The Jackson 5
    San Remo Golden Strings
    Jr Walker & the All Stars
    Stevie Wonder

    I Wish You Love

    The Four Tops
    Marvin Gaye
    Liz Lands
    The Temptations

    If You Don't Want My Love

    The Four Tops
    Eddie Holland
    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    The Underdogs

    I'll Try Something New

    Kiki Dee
    Barbara McNair
    The Miracles
    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations

    I'll Turn To Stone

    Dennis Edwards
    The Four Tops
    Barbara Randolph
    The Supremes

    I'm Gonna Make You Love Me

    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    The Supremes
    The Temptations
    Stevie Wonder & Diana Ross

    I'm The Exception To The Rule

    Brenda Holloway
    The Supremes
    The Temptations
    The Velvelettes
    Kim Weston

    The Impossible Dream

    Florence Ballard
    Billy Eckstine
    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    The Supremes
    The Temptations

    Is There A Place In His Heart For Me

    Blinky
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    The Supremes

    It's Not Unusual

    Florence Ballard
    Chris Clark
    The Four Tops
    Marvin Gaye
    San Remo Golden Strings
    The Supremes

    I've Been Good To You

    Brenda Holloway
    Hattie Littles
    The Miracles
    The Ones
    The Temptations

    Just A Little Misunderstanding

    The Contours
    The Jackson 5
    The Sisters Love
    The Supremes

    Just Another Guy

    The O'Jays
    The Spinners
    Stage IV
    Timothy Wilson

    Just Another Lonely Night

    The Fantastic Four
    The Four Tops
    Brenda Holloway
    The Temptations

    Just Loving You

    Choker Campbell
    Billy Eckstine
    Brenda Holloway
    Kim Weston

    Just Too Much To Hope For

    Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
    The Monitors
    Tammi Terrell
    The Two Friends

    Keep An Eye

    The Jackson 5
    Gladys Knight & The Pips; recorded Hitsville-GW completed 20-Dec-68 ; produced by Nickolas
    Diana Ross
    The Supremes

    Leaving Here

    Tommy Good
    Eddie Holland
    The Isley Brothers
    The Messengers

    The Little Drummer Boy

    The Jackson 5
    The Supremes
    The Temptations
    Stevie Wonder

    Little Miss Loser

    Marvin Gaye
    Brenda Holloway
    Liz Lands
    The Supremes

    The Look Of Love

    The Four Tops
    Joe Harnell
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    Barbara Randolph
    Gordon Staples
    The Supremes

    Love Woke Me Up This Morning

    Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
    Brenda Holloway
    Valerie Simpson
    The Temptations

    Love's Gone Bad

    Chris Clark
    Michael Jackson
    The Underdogs
    Rita Wright

    Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever

    The Four Tops
    Marvin Gaye
    Ivy Jo
    Chuck Jackson
    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

    Make Someone Happy

    The Four Tops
    Paula Greer
    The Supremes
    Stevie Wonder

    Mickey's Monkey

    Choker Campbell
    The Miracles
    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    The Supremes

    Mighty Good Lovin'

    Chris Clark
    The Contours
    The Miracles
    Edwin Starr

    Money That's What I Want

    Blinky
    Hattie Littles
    Amos Milburn
    The Miracles
    The Mob
    Barrett Strong
    The Supremes
    Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers
    Jr Walker & the All Stars
    Mary Wells
    Popcorn Wylie

    My Cherie Amour

    Joe Harnell
    The Impact Of Brass
    The Jackson 5
    The Miracles
    Monk Montgomery
    Earl Van Dyke
    Stevie Wonder

    My Girl

    Marvin Gaye
    Michael Jackson
    Jonah Jones
    The Miracles
    San Remo Golden Strings
    The Temptations
    Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers
    Stevie Wonder

    My World Is Empty Without You

    Barbara McNair
    The Messengers
    The Miracles
    The Originals
    The Supremes
    Stevie Wonder

    ...continued...
    Last edited by grapevine; 10-20-2020 at 07:39 AM.

  21. #21
    Motown 4 or More ...according to DFTMC...2018 version...part 2

    Need Your Lovin' Want You Back

    The Contours
    Marvin Gaye
    The Originals
    The Underdogs

    Never Can Say Goodbye

    The Impact Of Brass
    The Jackson 5
    The Supremes
    Jr Walker & the All Stars

    Nowhere To Run

    The Isley Brothers
    The Messengers
    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers

    Oh Be My Love

    Kiki Dee
    Barbara McNair
    The Miracles
    The Supremes

    Oh How Happy

    Billy Eckstine
    Joe Harnell
    The Jackson 5
    Shades of Blue
    Edwin Starr
    Edwin Starr & Blinky


    Oh I've Been Bless'd

    The Four Tops
    The Jackson 5
    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers

    Old Love Let's Try It Again

    The Four Tops
    Brian Holland
    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    Mary Wells

    The One Who Really Loves You

    Choker Campbell
    The Marvelettes
    Barbara McNair
    Mary Wells

    Our Day Will Come

    Charles Harris Trio
    Jonah Jones
    The Supremes
    The Undisputed Truth

    A Place In The Sun

    The Ding Dongs
    Billy Eckstine
    The Four Tops
    Jonah Jones
    Ronald Miller
    Monk Montgomery
    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    Stevie Wonder

    Put A Little Love In Your Heart

    Kiki Dee
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    David Ruffin

    Put Yourself In My Place

    Chris Clark
    The Elgins
    The Isley Brothers
    The Supremes

    Rainy Night In Georgia

    Hearts of Stone
    Chuck Jackson
    The Jazz Crusaders
    The Originals
    David Ruffin
    Earl Van Dyke

    Reach Out I'll Be There

    The Four Tops
    Joe Harnell
    The Impact Of Brass
    The Jackson 5
    Diana Ross
    San Remo Golden Strings
    Sunday Funnies

    Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

    The Jackson 5
    The Miracles
    The Supremes
    The Temptations

    Seek And You Shall Find

    Marvin Gaye
    The Isley Brothers
    Ivy Jo
    The Messengers

    The Shadow Of Your Smile

    Billy Eckstine
    Marvin Gaye
    Barbara McNair
    The Supremes
    Stevie Wonder

    Shake Me Wake Me When It's Over

    The Four Tops
    Claude François
    Chuck Jackson
    The Supremes
    The Supremes & The Four Tops

    Silver Bells

    The Miracles
    The Supremes
    The Temptations
    Stevie Wonder

    Since I've Lost You

    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    Jimmy Ruffin
    The Temptations
    The Undisputed Truth
    The Velvelettes

    Someday We'll Be Together

    Bobby Darin
    Johnny & Jackey
    The Marvelettes
    Gordon Staples
    The Supremes
    Earl Van Dyke

    Somewhere

    Paula Greer
    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    The Supremes
    The Temptations

    Stop! In The Name Of Love

    The Isley Brothers
    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    The Supremes
    Kim Weston

    Summertime

    Johnny Griffith Trio
    Brenda Holloway
    Marv Johnson
    Joey King
    Love Sculpture

    Sunny

    Dennis Edwards
    The Four Tops
    Marvin Gaye
    San Remo Golden Strings
    Stevie Wonder

    Sweeter As The Days Go By

    Chris Clark
    The Four Tops
    Marvin Gaye
    Frank Wilson

    Swing Low Sweet Chariot

    Marvin Gaye
    The Gospel Stars
    Marv Johnson
    Stevie Wonder

    Take Me In Your Arms Rock Me A Little While

    Chris Clark
    Eddie Holland
    The Isley Brothers
    Jermaine Jackson
    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    Kim Weston

    Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin

    Hearts of Stone
    The Jackson 5
    The Jazz Crusaders
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    Earl Van Dyke

    That's The Way Love Is

    Marvin Gaye
    The Isley Brothers
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    The Temptations

    Then

    The Four Tops
    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    The Supremes
    The Temptations

    This Guy's In Love With You

    Tom Clay
    The Four Tops
    The Miracles
    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    Jimmy Ruffin
    Soupy Sales
    The Temptations

    This Time Last Summer

    Blinky
    Danny Day
    Brenda Holloway
    Jim Webb

    Together 'Til The End Of Time

    HB Barnum
    Billy Eckstine
    Brenda Holloway
    Frank Wilson

    Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music

    GC Cameron
    The Spinners
    The Supremes
    The Supremes & The Four Tops

    Too Busy Thinking About My Baby

    Marvin Gaye
    The Monitors
    Jimmy Ruffin
    The Temptations
    Earl Van Dyke

    Try It Baby

    Chris Clark
    Marvin Gaye
    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    Kay Stevens / The Temptations
    Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers

    Up Up And Away

    Jonah Jones
    The Miracles
    San Remo Golden Strings
    The Supremes

    Uptight Everything's Alright

    Jonah Jones
    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    The Supremes
    Stevie Wonder

    Walk On By

    Florence Ballard
    Kiki Dee
    The Miracles
    The Undisputed Truth

    Way Over There

    Marv Johnson
    The Marvelettes
    The Miracles
    Edwin Starr
    The Temptations

    The Way You Do The Things You Do

    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    Stoney and Meatloaf
    The Temptations
    The Underdogs
    Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers

    What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted

    Dennis Edwards
    The Isley Brothers
    Jimmy Ruffin
    The Supremes

    What Love Has Joined Together

    Barbara McNair
    The Miracles
    The Temptations
    Mary Wells
    Syreeta

    What Now My Love

    Richard Anthony
    Barbara McNair
    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    The Supremes
    The Temptations

    What's Easy For Two Is Hard For One

    Connie Haines
    The Marvelettes
    Barbara Randolph
    The Temptations
    Mary Wells

    Who Can I Turn To When Nobody Needs Me

    Chris Clark
    Billy Eckstine
    Marvin Gaye
    The Supremes
    The Temptations

    Who You Gonna Run To

    Brenda Holloway
    Chuck Jackson
    Mickey McCullers
    The Temptations

    Who's Lovin' You

    Brenda Holloway
    The Jackson 5
    The Miracles
    The Supremes
    The Temptations

    Wichita Lineman

    Sammy Davis Jr
    The Miracles
    The Originals
    Earl Van Dyke

    Yesterday

    Florence Ballard
    Chris Clark
    Marvin Gaye
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    The Miracles
    The Supremes

    You Ain't Livin' Till You're Lovin'

    Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
    The Marvelettes
    The Miracles
    The Supremes
    The Supremes & The Four Tops
    Tammi Terrell

    You Beat Me To The Punch

    Barbara McNair
    Edwin Starr
    The Temptations
    Mary Wells

    You Can Depend On Me

    Brenda Holloway
    The Miracles
    The Supremes
    The Temptations
    Mary Wells

    You Keep Me Hangin' On

    Brass Monkey
    Jonah Jones
    Hugh Masekela
    Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    The Supremes

    You've Got What It Takes

    Chris Clark
    Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
    Marv Johnson
    Hattie Littles
    Bobby Parker
    Jimmy Ruffin
    Barrett Strong

    You've Made Me So Very Happy

    Chris Clark
    Sammy Davis Jr
    Joe Harnell
    Hearts of Stone
    Brenda Holloway
    Little Miss Soul
    The Miracles
    Edwin Starr & Blinky

    You've Really Got A Hold On Me

    The Jackson 5
    Barbara McNair
    The Miracles
    The Supremes
    The Temptations

    Grape
    Last edited by grapevine; 10-20-2020 at 07:40 AM.

  22. #22
    Well done Grape

    If I counted right, that's 135 songs known (by us) to have been done by 4 or more artists. I would expect that number to increase with each new edition of "Motown Unreleased."
    Last edited by calvin; 10-20-2020 at 08:29 AM.

  23. #23
    As always I am astonished and impressed by the level of knowledge and resources on display on this board. I almost feel as if I should apologize for posting a question that caused such exhaustive research!!!

  24. #24
    Most impressive, grapevine! Could Gladys/Pips "Don't Let Her Take Your Love from Me" be added towards the "Don't Let Him..." count?

  25. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by sansradio View Post
    Most impressive, grapevine! Could Gladys/Pips "Don't Let Her Take Your Love from Me" be added towards the "Don't Let Him..." count?
    ...I thought the same about adding Edwin's ...The Girl From Crosstown ...but as they weren't listed combined on DFTMC ...I left them both out...!

  26. #26
    Quote Originally Posted by sansradio View Post
    Most impressive, grapevine! Could Gladys/Pips "Don't Let Her Take Your Love from Me" be added towards the "Don't Let Him..." count?
    Of course! The songwriter/writers would be insulted if someone claimed that they were 2 different songs!

  27. #27
    Keep in mind that DFTMC only goes through 1972, and Motown continued to do more covers of some of those songs after that. For example, Mandré did "Money (That's What I Want)" on his self-titled debut album from 1977. As mentioned above, "Nowhere To Run" was covered by the Dynamic Superiors and "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Bettye Lavette. I'm sure we could think of other examples if we tried.

    In a small number of cases recordings that are not really Motown are included in DFTMC, such as Jean DuShon's recording of "For Once In My Life" for the Cadet label. Some Florence Ballard recordings for ABC Records are also included above.

    The list does give a good idea of how common it was for Motown to have different artists record the same songs. Imagine how long that list would be if it included all songs recorded by more than one artist.
    Last edited by calvin; 10-20-2020 at 03:43 PM.

  28. #28
    Incidentally, the first recording of "For Once In My Life" was made by Connie Haines about a year before Jean DuShon's single was released. Motown recorded the song at least two more times (Barbara McNair and Billy Eckstine) before DuShon's single but the Motown recordings were not released. Motown songwriter Ron Miller, who wrote the song together with Orlando Murden, then took it to DuShon at Cadet and her recording was the first release. Only Murden is credited as the songwriter on the DuShon single.

    The story I've read is that DuShon's single was becoming a local hit (WXYZ radio named it the "Pick Hit of the Week"), with a chance to be something bigger, when Berry Gordy Jr heard the song and learned that it was a Motown song co-written by Miller. He pressured Cadet to stop promoting the song, which killed the single's chances, because he wanted the song to be a hit for Motown. DuShon said later:

    "It was a very big disappointment in my life. I stopped singing it 'cause I didn't have the song. I didn't have anything. It wasn't mine anymore."

    Last edited by calvin; 10-20-2020 at 04:40 PM.

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