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    British Invasion Acts Doing Their Versions Of Motown Songs:

    Which of them did and with what songs??


    I'll start with this one: The Zombies 1965:

    YOU'VE REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME

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    The Beatles; "You Really Got A Hold On Me", "Please Mr. Postman", "Money [That's What I Want]"
    The Rolling Stones; "Money [That's What I Want]", "My Girl", "Can I Get A Witness". "Ain't Too Proud To Beg", "Going To A Go-Go"
    The Who; "Leaving Here", "Heat Wave"
    The Dave Clark Five; "You Got What It Takes", "Do You Love Me [Now That I Can Dance]"
    The Spencer Davis Group; "Every Little Bit Hurts", "Together 'Til The End Of Time"
    The Hollies; "Do You Love Me [Now That I Can Dance]"



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    Quote Originally Posted by Motown Eddie View Post
    The Beatles; "You Really Got A Hold On Me", "Please Mr. Postman", "Money [That's What I Want]"
    The Rolling Stones; "Money [That's What I Want]", "My Girl", "Can I Get A Witness". "Ain't Too Proud To Beg", "Going To A Go-Go"
    The Who; "Leaving Here", "Heat Wave"
    The Dave Clark Five; "You Got What It Takes", "Do You Love Me [Now That I Can Dance]"
    The Spencer Davis Group; "Every Little Bit Hurts", "Together 'Til The End Of Time"
    The Hollies; "Do You Love Me [Now That I Can Dance]"



    Nice! Let's give 'em a listen!


    Spencer Davis:






    I hear a bit of Ray Charles....

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    The Rockin' Berries took The Reflections "Poor Man's Son" to number 5 in the UK


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    Reached number 24 in the UK charts - The Fourmost "Baby I Need Your Loving"


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    Nice ! I'm especially liking The Fourmost .....great arrangement !


    DO YOU LOVE ME NOW THAT I CAN DANCE:

    The Hollies :



    Dave Clark Five :

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    MONEY THAT'S WHAT I WANT

    Beatles:


    Rolling Stones :



    The harmonica adds the right edge ....

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    Petula Clark 1965

    DANCING IN THE STREET



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    Quote Originally Posted by Motown Eddie View Post

    The Who; "Leaving Here", "Heat Wave"






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    The Kinks 1965:


    DANCING IN THE STREETS


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    The one who really loves you - Mojos [[EP track)
    Money [[That's what I want) - Bern Elliott & the Fenmen [[made UK Top 20), Freddie & the Dreamers [[LP track)
    Shake Sherry - Ben Elliott & the Fenmen [[EP track)
    Shop around - Bern Elliott & the Fenmen [[EP track), Johnny Kidd & the Pirates
    The way you do the things you do - Mindbenders [[LP track), Trends, Beryl Marsden
    My smile is just a frown - Truly Smith
    Put yourself in my place - Episode Six, Jan Panter
    Ask the lonely - Bobby Rio
    Can I get a witness - Steve Aldo
    Stubborn kinda fella - Roulettes, Zoot Money
    Candy to me - Martin Raynor & the Secrets, Rattles
    Leaving here - Birds
    You're a wonderful one - Birds, Trends
    I'll be doggone - Billy J Kramer & the Dakotas
    Tawney Reed - I got a feeling [[believe this is a UK recording)
    Ain't that peculiar - Loving Kind
    Just walk in my shoes - Billie Davis
    Heatwave - Beverley Jones & the Interns
    Dancing in the Street - Hi Numbers
    In my lonely room - Action
    I'll keep holding on - Action, Incas
    Tracks of my tears - Roulettes
    From head to toe - Escorts
    Where did our love go - Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers [[reputably one of the worst cover versions, I remember Dave Godin stated in B & S magazine that some members of the Motown Review tried to obtain a copy when visiting the UK, as the version was so bad they regarded it as amusing)
    When the lovelight starts shining through his eyes - Lorraine Silver
    Since I lost my baby - Cyan Three, Action, Ray French
    You beat me to the punch - Tony Jackson & the Vibrations, Karol Keyes
    Bye bye baby - Tony Jackson & the Vibrations [[made UK Top 40)
    What's easy for two - Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers
    He's the one for me - Tammy St John
    He was really saying something - Herd
    Needle in a haystack - Tawny Reed [[believe this is a UK recording), Twilights
    Two lovers - Sonny Childe & the TNTs
    I want a love I can see - John Leyton
    Headline News - Alan Bown Set
    Just like Romeo & Juliet - Peter's Faces

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    That's an amazing list Peter G !

    Where did our love go - Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers [[reputably one of the worst cover versions, I remember Dave Godin stated in B & S magazine that some members of the Motown Review tried to obtain a copy when visiting the UK, as the version was so bad they regarded it as amusing)
    Don't we HAVE to listen to this one ?


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    Tony Jackson also recorded a version of Martha & Vandellas "Never Leave Your Baby's Side".

    The version of "Do You Love Me?" by Liverpool group Faron's Flamingos was in my opinion better than the hit versions by Brian Poole & The Tremeloes and The Dave Clark 5.

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    Dusty Springfield sang over 20 Motown classics and recorded a few.






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    Some more Dusty.






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    Even more Dusty.






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    "Baby Don't You Do It" was recorded by The Who, The Small Faces and The [UK] poets.

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    Re Post #12

    In addition to "Leaving Here" and "You're A Wonderful One", The Birds recorded a third Marvin Gaye song, "No Good Without You Baby".

    Does anyone know if any British invasion groups recorded any Phil Spector tracks? I can only think of Mike Berry's backing group, The Innocents' reworking of Darlene Love's "A Fine Fine Boy" under the title of "A Fine Fine Bird".

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    Number 1 in your heart..Herb Goins

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    Quote Originally Posted by 144man View Post
    Re Post #12

    In addition to "Leaving Here" and "You're A Wonderful One", The Birds recorded a third Marvin Gaye song, "No Good Without You Baby".

    Does anyone know if any British invasion groups recorded any Phil Spector tracks? I can only think of Mike Berry's backing group, The Innocents' reworking of Darlene Love's "A Fine Fine Boy" under the title of "A Fine Fine Bird".
    Both The Beatles and Peter and Gordon recorded the same Spector song "To Know You Is To Love You" by Peter and Gordon and "To Know Her Is To Love Her" The Beatles.

    Some recorded "I Love How You Love Me" [[including Billy Fury) and


    The Searchers recorded "Da Doo Ron Ron" and also "Be My Baby",
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    I don't know if this still holds true, but Johnny Rivers told me a few years ago that his version of Baby I Need Your Lovin was the biggest selling Motown cover by a White Artist...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysterysinger View Post
    Both The Beatles and Peter and Gordon recorded the same Spector song "To Know You Is To Love You" by Peter and Gordon and "To Know Her Is To Love Her" The Beatles.

    Some recorded "I Love How You Love Me" [[including Billy Fury) and


    The Searchers recorded "Da Doo Ron Ron" and also "Be My Baby",
    Thanks. I had completely forgotten about Peter & Gordon.
    I must have a listen to The Searchers' versions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 144man View Post
    Thanks. I had completely forgotten about Peter & Gordon.
    I must have a listen to The Searchers' versions.

    Let's do it!



    delicious !



    tasty!

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    I don't know if Dave Stewart or Barbara Gaskin are considered "British Invasion"; however they are British artists who did a most wonderful cover/interpretation of the Four Tops' "Different World."
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDo5ZC-GddY

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    Some more UK cover versions:

    Chris Farlowe - What becomes of the broken hearted, and Reach out, I'll be there [[both tracks on his 'Art of Chris Farlowe' LP)

    Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames - Shop around, and Pride & Joy [[LP track)
    Zoot Money - It should have been me [[LP track - have not heard this but assume it is a cover of the Kim/Gladys track)

    Alan Price Set - Loving you is sweeter than ever and Ain't that peculiar [[both LP tracks)

    Lulu - Can I get a witness? [[LP track)

    Hollies - Mickey's Monkey [[LP track)

    Spector covers:

    Da doo ron ron - Billy J Kramer & the Dakotas, Four Pennies and Brian Poole & the Tremeloes [[all LP tracks)

    Is this what I get for loving you? - Marianne Faithful

    He's sure the boy I love - Lulu [[LP track)

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    Some more UK cover versions:

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter G View Post

    Chris Farlowe - What becomes of the broken hearted, [[LP track)

    Hollies - Mickey's Monkey [[LP track)





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    While not exactly 'British Invasion' the Australian group 'The Twilight's were formed by young British migrants to South Australia in 1964.

    In August 1966 they had a big hit downunder with their version of 'Needle in A Haystack'.

    Lead vocalist was Glenn Shorrock - he was to play a major part in an 'Aussie invasion' of the US charts in the late 70s/early 80s as lead singer of the 'Little River Band'.

    Lead guitarist was Terry Britten who went on to be hugely successful as a song-writer in the 70s/80s. He was best known for his work with Tina Turner , but many other top artists [[inc Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder) recorded his songs.

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    Although some of the versions listed above were quite competent, I didn't come close to liking any of them as much as the original.

    NOTE. Dusty Springfield is a special case and should be excluded from the above statement.

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    I didn’t realise how many covers there were of "Leaving Here”, there's even a live version by Motörhead!



    [[Not British Invasion I know )

    I did think it had a rock song vibe

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