MATCHUP FOR YOU.
Two of the most evenly matched songs that you’re ever likely to encounter are “Village of Love” by Nathaniel Mayer
and his Fabulous Twilights and “I Love You” by the Volumes, a doo-wop vocal group fronted by Ed Union (below).
The similarities are many:
* Both were vocal groups from Detroit.
* Both groups recorded for tiny local labels, (Fortune and Chex).
* Both songs are electrifying, up-tempo R&B dancers.
* Both songs
Billboard chart on the same date,
April 28, 1962.
* Both songs lasted 12 weeks on the Billboard chart.
* Both songs attained a position of #22 on Billboard before fading away.
* Both songs are on my list of
The Most Exciting Records Ever Made!
If either song had a slight advantage it was “I Love You”
by the Volumes. The high energy vocal group classic fared better on the Cash Box chart, catching a late bullet and reaching #20 in late June whereas “Village” ground to a halt at #26 on that trade chart a couple of weeks earlier.
My Pick to Click, by a very slim margin, is Nathaniel Mayer's rollicking “Village of Love.”
I prefer Mayer's raw, primitive R&B approach to the more refined doo-wop vocal styling on the Volumes recording.
"Village of Love" is off the hook!
In the spring of 1962 when the more polished and sophisticated soul sound was emerging these two R&B relics from the Motor City burned rubber. Retro rocks!
Have a Shady day!