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    Cover Versions of Martha & the Vandellas Recordings

    While going through a pile of my 45's yesterday, i came across a single by Florence Henderson which i had forgot all about, it was a cover of "A love like yours (don't come knocking everday".
    I would like to compile a list of as many cover versions of Martha's recordings as possible, so please could you let me know what has been recorded, actual studio recordings, not songs including in live performances.
    Thanks in advance and hope there are some nice obscurities!

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    Bettye Lavette:
    I'm Ready For Love
    Jimmy Mack

    Dusty Springfield:
    A Love Like Yours Doesn't Come Knocking Every Day

    The Supremes:
    Heatwave
    Come And Get These Memories

    Hattie Littles
    Come And Get These Memories

    Kim Weston:
    Dancing In The Street

    Syreeta:
    I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playing

    I know there are some more but at the moment I cannot remember just yet

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    Nowhere to Run — Dynamic Superiors
    Dancing in the Street — Mamas & Papas, Rolling Stones

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    Kim Weston - A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Every Day)
    recorded in 1965, but not released until early 90s

    Kim Weston - Come And Get These Memories
    recorded in 1965, but not released until late 90s

    (and who recorded 'Love Makes Me Do Foolish Things' before Martha...)

    Ike and Tina Turner - A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Every Day)
    Last edited by westgrandboulevard; 06-24-2012 at 10:55 AM.

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    Third Finger, Left Hand - The Pearls (a medium sized UK hit in 1972)

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    Nowhere to Run--Laura Nyro & Labelle
    Jimmy Mack--Laura Nyro & Labelle
    Dancing in the Street--Laura Nyro & Labelle

    All from her album "Gonna Take A Miracle" one of the great albums of all time.

    Hi westgrandboulevard, good to see you!!

    Penny

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    I was listening to some audio clips of Ike Turner while reading this thread, and what would happen to come on but his version of "A Love Like Yours." It's from his "Risin' with the Blues" album from 2006. This must be one the last albums he recorded.

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    And a rather "punky" version of "Heatwave" that caused a stir in certain circles in Britain around 1980 ..



    Roger

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    Dancing in the Streets: David Bowie/Mick Jagger

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    Nice to see you too, Penny! I'm still here, hanging around, as usual......

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    In My Lonely Room - The Action

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    RossHolloway Guest


    Also, Bonnie Raitt and Barbara Acklin both did versions of You've Been In Love too Long

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    RossHolloway Guest


    Bonnie singing You've Been In Love too Long..nicely done.


    I can't believe no one has listed Heatwave by Linda Rondstat.

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    Here two;
    The Who - "Heat Wave" & "Motoring"

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    Quote Originally Posted by westgrandboulevard View Post
    Kim Weston - A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Every Day)
    recorded in 1965, but not released until early 90s
    Actually that was on the flip side of the "Helpless" single.

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    BigAl

    Yes, you're quite right, of course it was....

    I was thinking of too many recordings at once there, and had Greatest Hits and Rare Classics in mind....

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    I'm A Winner - Diana Ross, recorded for the Surrender album (1971). Martha's version is on Riding High (1969).

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    1382hitsville

    My turn for a nudge...

    Wasn't 'I'm A Winner' on 'Sugar N' Spice' album?

    Although 'Ridin' High' and 'Sugar N' Spice' were indeed released on a UK 2fer in 2002....

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    Ahh...WestGrand...you are right! Silly mistake...It is indeed on Sugar 'N Spice....Thanks for the nudge...

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    The VELVELETTES on

    I'm In Love (And I Know It)

    (We've Got) Honey Love

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    theboyfromxtown

    I was watching the clock, wondering when you would show up to mention The Velvelettes...lol

    Wasn't Martha's "I'm in Love (And I Know It) recorded the following year after The Velvelettes... making hers a cover version of theirs? (and, much as I love Martha, I think Cal nails it..)

    Not sure about the recording dates for "(We've Got) Honey Love"....

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    Quote Originally Posted by westgrandboulevard View Post
    theboyfromxtown

    I was watching the clock, wondering when you would show up to mention The Velvelettes...lol

    Wasn't Martha's "I'm in Love (And I Know It) recorded the following year after The Velvelettes... making hers a cover version of theirs? (and, much as I love Martha, I think Cal nails it..)

    Not sure about the recording dates for "(We've Got) Honey Love"....
    Yes, the Velvelettes recorded both of those songs first in 1966. Martha added her vocals to those tracks later.

    Another song....

    In My Lonely Room - The Supremes

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    *grin*

    Cal also recorded "He Doesn't Love Her Any More" but it's only Martha's version that still exists. I am also aware that Martha recorded "I'm So Glad It's Twilight Time".

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    Quote Originally Posted by theboyfromxtown View Post
    *grin*

    Cal also recorded "He Doesn't Love Her Any More" but it's only Martha's version that still exists. I am also aware that Martha recorded "I'm So Glad It's Twilight Time".
    Cal did "He Doesn't Love Her Anymore" - Wow!!!! It has to exist somewhere in the vaults.

    Forgot another track...
    Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things) - The Supremes

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    Brad.

    I looked and looked. A better man might do better than me and find a copy. I hope so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theboyfromxtown View Post
    Brad.

    I looked and looked. A better man might do better than me and find a copy. I hope so.
    Fingers crossed!

    It must be frustrating. Like trying to find Marvin Gaye's original version of "Dancing In The Street." Sadly I think it was erased or Martha dubbed over his track...

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    Mobile Lil - the Dancing Witch

    Shorty Long as on the recent Kent release.

    Also Earl Van Dyke

    and David Bromberg
    Last edited by MIKEW-UK; 06-24-2012 at 06:35 PM.

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    RossHolloway Guest
    ^^^ If the background vocals on Shorty's version is any indication, Glady Knight and the Pips also have a version of Mibile Lil sitting in the vaults too.

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    I'm Ready For Love - June Pointer/Temptations

    Dancing In The Street - Dusty Springfield (live)/Van Halen/Cilla Black/Petula Clark/Brenda Lee/Walker Brothers/Grateful Dead/Neil Diamond/Human Nature

    Heatwave - Cilla Black/Lulu/Joan Osborne/Supremes/Phil Collins

    In My Lonely Room - Phil Collins

    Jimmy Mack - Bonnie Pointer/Sheena Easton/Phil Collins

    Is There A Place (In His Heart For Me) - Blinky/Gladys Knight & The Pips/Supremes/

    I'm Glad You Belong To Me - Edwin Starr & Blinky

    Honey Chile - J5

    Nowhere To Run - Bonnie Pointer/Isley Bros/Dynamic Superiors/Esther Phillips/Grand Funk Railroad

    Come And Get These Memories - Laura Nyro/Ellen Foley/Anna King

    No More Tearstained Make Up - Marvelettes

    Keep Stepping (Never Look Back) - Carolyn Crawford
    Last edited by copley; 06-24-2012 at 10:01 PM.

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    Hi Copley - Since you mentioned The Marvelettes' version of NO MORE TEARSTAINED MAKEUP, here's a brief but interesting clip of Elvis Costello in performance, doing his rendition of The Marvelettes' version:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vd-cSpvMwKA

    A great selection by a brave performer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradsupremes View Post


    Fingers crossed!

    It must be frustrating. Like trying to find Marvin Gaye's original version of "Dancing In The Street." Sadly I think it was erased or Martha dubbed over his track...
    Or Martha singing "Dancing In The Street" in German

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    Martha singing "Dancing In The Street" in German - well we know what happened to that!

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    The Lovelites with Patty Hamilton on lead did a very energetic cover of My Baby Loves Me.
    I loved to hear her sing "I come running and jumping and skipping and hopping on the double!"....

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    Never Leave Your Baby's Side - Tony Jackson [formerly of the Searchers]

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    In My Lonely Room - Vanity Fare

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    Thanks to all who replied to this thread, there are a few i didn,t know of.
    Here are a few more versions for now:#
    Lou Christie - "Heatwave"
    Angie Gold - "Third finger left hand"
    Sheena Easton - "Jimmy Mack"
    Karen Carpenter - "Jimmy Mack" (Unreleased)
    Richard Anthony - "Dancing in the street" (In French)
    Dame Edna Everage - "Dancing in the street"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Cheri - "Come and get these memories"
    Gerry and The Georgettes - "Quicksand"
    The Everly Brothers - "Dancing in the street"

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    As mentioned Karen Carpenter on "Jimmy Mack"

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    Bette Midler "Come and Get These Memories"

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    Lulu "Heatwave"

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    "Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)” - Thee Midniters (Excellent version!)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1XmbrajwJQ

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    Not only did Phil Spector produce his version of Martha's "A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Every Day)" on Tina Turner for Philles in 1966, he also produced a duet version on Cher & Nilsson for Warner-Spector in 1974. He must have really loved Martha's version for him to produce it on not one but TWO of his artists! It really is one of Martha's prettiest.

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    Van Halen-"Dancing In The Street" [1982]


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    There's a recording unearthed from the vaults in "Unreleased Motown 1968" in which Gladys Knight and the Pips do "Show Me the Way," and they do it really well. A great track which should have been released long ago.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kenneth View Post
    There's a recording unearthed from the vaults in "Unreleased Motown 1968" in which Gladys Knight and the Pips do "Show Me the Way," and they do it really well. A great track which should have been released long ago.

    I agree, Kenny. I , too, love Gladys' version of "Show Me The Way".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philles/Motown Gary View Post
    I agree, Kenny. I , too, love Gladys' version of "Show Me The Way".
    It's always good to hear when you and I agree on music! For someone who loves Motown as much as I do, it always amazes me how much we differ when it gets down to specific songs we like and how seldom we agree on a particular piece of music. So thanks!

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    You're welcome, Kenny, and you're right! We both love Motown, yet we seldom agree on which songs we like. Doesn't make much sense, does it! By the same token, we both love Classical Vocal music (Choral & Opera), yet you love those old Mono Opera recordings while I can't stand 'em. I've gotta have fresh, newer Stereo performances. We're so much alike yet so different. Go figure!

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    @Gary, don't worry, I still love ya even though you don't have my great taste! LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenneth View Post
    @Gary, don't worry, I still love ya even though you don't have my great taste! LOL!
    Ha! A likely story!!! HeHe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenneth View Post
    There's a recording unearthed from the vaults in "Unreleased Motown 1968" in which Gladys Knight and the Pips do "Show Me the Way," and they do it really well. A great track which should have been released long ago.

    This really is a great track, kenneth! It has a groove similar to their big hit “On And On” from 1974.

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