Thursday, March 17, 2011
Dell Rat Feedback: Ron's Got Memories of Marvin and the Lowdown on Motown!
Original Dell rat
Ron Shearer has
responded to a
recent post in which
I presented the song
"Hitch Hike" by
live in York
twice. The first
time was at the
first Rock 180
"Let Me Go
the Right Way",
their current hit
at the time, live.
"Let Me Go the Right Way" - Supremes
(December 1962, highest chart position #90)
Gary (U.S.) Bonds was supposed to appear there also, but cancelled.
"Seven-Day Weekend" - Gary U.S. Bonds
(July 1962, highest chart position #27)
The second time Marvin appeared was when the Rock 180 Club sponsored the Motortown Revue at Playland roller rink. Tickets were $3.00.
"Stubborn Kind of Fellow" - Marvin Gaye (November 1962, highest chart position #46)
No Supremes there, but Martha & the Vandellas backed up Marvin that time, also the Contours, Mary Wells, Marv Johnson, Marvelettes and a new guy in town, Little Stevie Wonder, who performed "Fingertips" with everybody dancing their butts off for
"Fingertips-Pt. 2" - Little Stevie Wonder
(August 1963, highest chart position #1)
A month later, "Fingertips" was released
as a 45. The Supremes were touring separately, probably performing their new hit "When the Lovelight Starts Shining."
"When the Lovelight Starts Shining
Through His Eyes" - Supremes
(December 1963, highest chart position #23)
One other song that was a dynamite hit in the York area, a B-side to their first Gordy record, was the Temptations' "Isn't She Pretty". The other side, "Dream Come True" is the one used in their boxed set. The B-sides of all their other early songs were used, but not this one. Meet the Temptations is still the only CD to have a recording of it.
"Isn't She Pretty" was one the of most played songs on the Rock 180 club, which is where I first heard it, and I believe it was requested every Saturday morning. When WNOW had the Temptations here, they performed it, and they performed it on every subsequent trip to York. It was one of the favorite songs the Del-Chords did back in those days, too. This was recorded before David Ruffin joined the group.
"Isn't She Pretty" - Temptations (May 1962, uncharted B side of "Dream Come True" which reached #22 R&B)
"I Love the Way You Love" - Marv Johnson
(April 1960, highest chart position #9)
Here's one of the greatest by soul sweetheart Gladys Knight and the Pips, a song that was covered nicely by our own Magnificent Men. Embedding was disabled on this exciting remix of the song, but I hope that you'll take time to click
on the red song title, listen to the clip, and then click back here to me.
If this track don't send chills...
you're dead, man!
CLICK HERE: "Just Walk in My Shoes"
- Gladys Knight & the Pips (July 1966,
highest chart position #129)
Now feast your ears on two of the most electrifying soul stormers you're ever gonna hear, two versions of the song "Baby Hit and Run" by the Contours. The first has future Temptations front man Dennis Edwards on lead:
"Baby Hit and Run" - Contours
(Dennis Edwards lead, unreleased until 1974)
Dennis Edwards nailed it to the wall, but this next one KILLS! It's Shady Del's official Pick to Click, the raw, nitty gritty version with Billy Gordon on lead:
"Baby Hit and Run" - Contours
(Billy Gordon lead, recorded circa 1965/66, unreleased)
Ron, thank you so much for sending in your feedback about the Greg Gulden post and for flogging our memories with this sensational Motown revue review!
Have a Shady day!