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    Best Opening Line of a Motown Song That IS the Song's Title:

    The ones that don't waste any time telling you what the tune's all about.

    I jotted down five songs that readily came to mind. Here's one of them:



    What comes to mind for you??
    Last edited by Boogiedown; 09-30-2021 at 01:27 PM.

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    Stop! In The Name of Love

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    "Nothing You Can Say Could Tear Me Away from My Guy"-Mary Wells' "My Guy".

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    Shotgun

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    Don't Mess With Bill

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    "Standing In The Shadows Of Love, Just Waitin' For The Heartaches To Come"

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    My World Is Empty Without You

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    "My Cherie Amour" if you ignore the la's
    "It's a Shame"
    "Darling Baby"
    "What Does It Take [[To Win Your Love)?"

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    "Twenty Five Miles from home girl, my feet are hurtin' mighty bad"
    "What're Gonna Do When I'm Gone?, Who's shoulder are you gonna cry on?"
    "Just One Way Out from these chains, that bind my lonely achin' heart of mine"
    "This Old Heart Of Mine been broke a thousand times"
    "I'm Still Loving You, no matter what you say or do"

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    "This is the Story" Supremes
    "Stoned Love" Supremes
    "I'll Keep Holding On" Marvelettes
    "You" [[You I see...) Marvin Gaye

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    "You Lost the sweetest boy, in the World" MARY WELLS.

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    "Touch me in the morning, then just walk away..."

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    Tearstained letter[the temptations].

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    YVONNE FAIR - "Walk Out The Door If You Wanna"
    [[After Spoken Intro)
    You can walk out the door if you wanna
    I'm gonna march on down to the corner
    Hey, I'm gonna drop a dime on that boyfriend of mine
    Tell him I'm free, come on and get me
    Guy: Baby, don't get so uptight
    Yvonne: Yeah, I know everything's gonna be alright - go on and lie
    You're a sweet-talkin', nothin' but cock-a-doodle do
    Just put it in your pocket - give it to you know who
    Ten years, one wig and a houseful.of kids
    That's all I get being married to you - HaHaHa!!!
    Seven days a week you're running the streets
    Takin' me for granted, Daddy, I can't stand it.

    https://youtu.be/n2W5YsPMvVw
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    "I've got a lover Way Over There . . . "

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    "Bernadette"
    "There's a Ghost In My House"
    "Indiana Wants Me"
    "You're All I Need To Get By"
    "What's So Good About Goodbye?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysterysinger View Post
    "Bernadette"
    "There's a Ghost In My House"
    "Indiana Wants Me"
    "You're All I Need To Get By"
    "What's So Good About Goodbye?"
    Re-re, The Queen: Chain of Fools, after the gently weeping guitar solo!

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    some of my favorites that get right to it, ain't nothin' too it but to do it....

    Would I Love You - The Miracles
    It's A Good Feeling - The Miracles
    There's No Stopping Us Now - The Supremes
    Jimmy Mack - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    It's Easy To Fall In Love With A Guy Like You - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    Since You've Been Gone - Four Tops
    I Guess I'll Always Love You - Isley Brothers
    Come On And See Me - Tammi Terell
    Stay In My Lonely Arms - Elgins
    Put Yourself In My Place - Elgins

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    Nothing But Heartaches - The Supremes
    Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing - Marvin and Tammi
    I'll Keep Holding On - The Marvelettes

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    The Supremes - "Mother You, Smother You"
    Martha & The Vandellas - "Happiness Is Guaranteed"
    The Marvelettes - Seeing Is Believing"
    Jimmy Ruffin - "Maria [[You Were The Only One)"
    The Originals - "The Bells"

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    Farewell my love-the temps.

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    "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life, That's Why I'll Always Stay Around"
    "Mercy Mercy Me, Things Ain't That They Used To Be"
    "War, What Is It Good For, Absolutely Nothing"

    "Love Is Here, And Oh My Darling Now You're Gone"

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    WANDA ROGERS & THE MARVELETTES - "I Can't Turn Around"
    [[I can't turn around, I've got to stay here 'til the end. If nothing else, just let me be your friend)

    MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS - "Leave It In The Hands Of Love" [[I'm gonna leave my troubles in the hands of love. Hope and pray every day love will find a way. Said I'm gonna leave it in the hands of love. And hope you'll see that our love, it was meant to be.)

    DIANA ROSS and also VALERIE SIMPSON - "Now That There's You" [[Now that there's you, I can get up in the morning -- look down the lonesome road -- know that I have the strength to carry on -- now that there's you.)

    SHORTY LONG - "Function At The Junction" [[I'm gettin' ready for the function at the junction and Baby you better come on right now.)

    Hey, Boogie! Your two song-title threads are fun -- especially this one in which the title is the first words of the song. Keeps us coming back for more! Can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeve next! - Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philles/Motown Gary View Post
    WANDA ROGERS & THE MARVELETTES - "I Can't Turn Around"
    [[I can't turn around, I've got to stay here 'til the end. If nothing else, just let me be your friend)

    MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS - "Leave It In The Hands Of Love" [[I'm gonna leave my troubles in the hands of love. Hope and pray every day love will find a way. Said I'm gonna leave it in the hands of love. And hope you'll see that our love, it was meant to be.)

    DIANA ROSS and also VALERIE SIMPSON - "Now That There's You" [[Now that there's you, I can get up in the morning -- look down the lonesome road -- know that I have the strength to carry on -- now that there's you.)

    SHORTY LONG - "Function At The Junction" [[I'm gettin' ready for the function at the junction and Baby you better come on right now.)

    Hey, Boogie! Your two song-title threads are fun -- especially this one in which the title is the first words of the song. Keeps us coming back for more! Can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeve next! - Gary

    thanks Gary ! Good stuff!


    here's what I had jotted down :

    STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE
    WAR!
    KEEP ON TRUCKIN'
    STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE ....

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    Diana Ross & The Supremes - "Some Things You Never Get Used To"
    Wanda Rogers & The Marvelettes - "Here I Am Baby"
    Bobby Taylor & The Vancovers - "Does Your Mama Know About Me"
    Eddie Holland - "Just Ain't Enough Love"

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    Red hot! This feeling is red hot, SUGAR, just for you, woo-woo-woo-hoo!

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    THE 70s SUPREMES - "But I Love You More"
    DIANA ROSS - "Last Tine I Saw Him"
    DRATS & THE TEMPTS - "For Better Or Worse"
    MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS - 'In And Out Of My Life"
    MARY WELLS - "ONE BLOCK FROM HEAVEN"

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    Gary I see you're into 'Deep Detroit' cuts.

    Let's hear one of them!


    #44 in 1968


    nice !!!
    makes me think of this Canadian disco song:




    which maybe I've finally stumped you with !!

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    Since I Lost My Baby - Temptations
    What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted - Jimmy Ruffin
    It's Growing - The Temptations
    Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - The Versatones

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boogiedown View Post
    Gary I see you're into 'Deep Detroit' cuts.

    Let's hear one of them!


    #44 in 1968


    nice !!!
    makes me think of this Canadian disco song:




    which maybe I've finally stumped you with !!
    Boogie, I just discovered your comment now. Sorry it took me so long. I'm not familiar with this Canadian Disco track, but it reminds me of Andrea True Connection or maybe Silver Convention. If you listen to The Marvelettes' "Here I Am Baby" and then "Baby Come On", it's amazing how much the lead singer sounds like Wanda Rogers in the beginning of this Canadian song.
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    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - "I Promise To Wait My Love"

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    Gary:
    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - "I Promise To Wait My Love"


    this comparison apparent , yes??



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    Boogie, gotta admit the horns are very similar-sounding. Before you pointed it out, the connection had never occurred to me.

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