Important Administrative News

Hope this note find all readers well.

One of my file storage hosts has been hacked and so when you click on a music player to play a song it may or may not play. I will be spending this weekend re-digitizing and uploading literally hundreds of songs that were on the paid storage facility to my own domain so I would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your patience during this conversion.

Of course I was, and still am,  in the midst of moving both music blogs to their own domain so comments will be suspended temporarily here at OSML from Midnight Eastern Time (USA)  Saturday 8/29 until the transfer is complete. Of course you can always use the Contact page to email me directly if needed.

When you go to the “Contact Page” you will see that the “About” text has been updated today.

Please feel free to read through the posts you may have missed out on before and have a wonderful rest of the summer.

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“Darling Baby” Performed by The Elgins (1966)

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The Elgins – Darling Baby (1966) #4 R&B, #72 Pop

The Elgins came about from a merger of Motown/Tamla artists Saundra Mallett and The Downbeats.

It took three years before the group’s first single, “Darling Baby,” was released  on the Motown/VIP label.  With a little more promotion I am sure in would have been a national hit,  but you know how Motown did things,  hiring many, many great talented  artists but only promoting a select few!

Amazingly, even without promotion “Darling Baby”  made the top Pop 100.  Just goes to show you that good music will find a way!  Of course this was another great song composed by Holland, Dozier and Holland so it just had to be a hit — didn’t it?

Musically Yours,

sondanyr2

“Does Your Mama Know About Me” Performed by Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers (1968)

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Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers – Does Your Mama Know About Me (1968) #5 R&B, #29 Pop

From Vancouver, British Columbia, this Guy Group consisted of:  Tommy Chong on Guitar; Wes Henderson on Bass/guitar; Robbie King on Keyboards; Ted Lewis aka Duris Maxwell on Drums; Edward Patterson on Guitar/bass and Bobby Taylor on Vocals.

The Web Site Soully Oldies, which celebrates the Motown legacy,  has written a most wonderful piece on this most underrated, and yet another of the short lived talented Motown groups that passed through the Motown doors.

Entitled “Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers – Mixed Company” — please click on the link and read all of the pertinent information that you would ever want to know about BT&TV in this well written article. I couldn’t have said it all any better. You will learn who Bobby Taylor discovered and who discovered them — bringing the already existing group to Berry Gordy in 1967.

I vividly recall when this song came out that one of my interracial school mates came into the Junior High School cafeteria  and told us about this “great new song she  heard.”  I suppose it was something her parents were digging.

Co-written by Tommy Chong  (later of  Cheech & Chong hilarity and fame and of course father of actress Rae Dawn Chong) the lyrics must have come straight from the script of his life!  Can’t get any more real than that.

Please enjoy this beautiful love ballad.  I know I did then,  and still do now. I knew all the lyrics then and still do now. What about you? (BIG GRIN)

Does Your Mama Know About Me
Composed by Tommy Chong and Tom Baird

(Does your mama know about me?
Does she know just what I am?
Will she turn her back on me)
Or accept me as a man?

And what about your Dad?
Did you think of what he’ll say?
Will he be understanding
Or does he think the usual way?

Maybe I shouldn’t worry
But I’ve been through this before
And I’d like to get things straight
Before I’m knocking on your door

(Does your mama know about me?
Does she know just what I am?
If she says forget about me)
Do you think you’d understand?

And what about your friends?
Do you care what people say?
Will you accept the burdons
I know will surely come your way?

Maybe I shouldn’t worry
But I’ve been through this before
And I’d like to get things straight
Before I’m knocking on your door

(Does your mama know about me?
Does she know just what I am?
Will she turn her back on me?)
Or accept me as a man?

We’ve got to stand tall
Can’t stumble or crawl
We’ve got to be strong
For love that’s so right
Can’t be wrong
And every day I see it grow
And I don’t want to let it go
I guess that’s why I gotta know

(Does your mama know about me?
Does your mama know about me?
Does your mama know about me?
Does your mama know about me?
Does your mama know about me?)

Musically Yours,

sondanyr2

“Keep On Loving Me Honey” Performed by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1968)

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Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Keep On Loving Me Honey (1968)

This wonderful gem is from Marvin & Tammi’s second studio LP that is just as great as their first,  even though it did not chart as well.

“You’re All I Need,” released in 1968, contained songs recorded by the duo in 1966 and 1967.  It charted #4 R&B Albums but only #60 Pop?!.  But it did spawn at least two classic hits that will live on forever — “You’re All I need to Get By” and “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing.”

Of course  I love them both, but they get plenty of airplay on oldies stations,  so I wanted to share one of the many  overlooked standouts on the LP (in fact I had a hard time picking just one) .  “Keep On Loving Me Honey” is  one of the four Ashford & Simpson penned tunes on the LP.  These tunes, along with Fuqua’s,  took  the romantic crooning  duo to a whole new level on this set!

Now if you aren’t familiar with “KOLMH” and are hearing it here for the first time — you like it don’t you? I knew you would.  (LOL) These two voices blended like no others! No wonder Tammi’s boyfriend at this time, David Ruffin, remained constantly jealous of Marvin Gaye. The two sounded like the ultimate love birds on vinyl, even though in reality they remained true platonic friends until Tammi’s untimely death in 1970 from a brain tumor.

Musically Yours,

sondanyr2

“Hold Me Oh My Darling” Performed by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1967)

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Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Hold Me Oh My Darling (1968)

Wow! There is so much to say,  about this song and this duet partnership and it’s origins,  that I am not sure where to start!  Here goes … I  will try to make this brief but include the important highlights.

It all began with the late, great multi-talented  Harvey Fuqua — founder of the doo-wop legends “The Moonglows” of which Marvin Gaye was once a member.

When Fuqua left his Moonglows he joined Anna Records in Detroit. While at Anna Records,  Harvey  introduced Marvin Gaye to Anna’s brother, Berry Gordy, and married Berry’s other sister Gwen Gordy.

Next, in 1961, Fuqua started his own lablels, Tri-Phi Records and Harvey Records, whose acts included the Spinners, Junior Walker and Shorty Long. But when offered positions at Motown,  in Artist Development and as a Producer,  Fuqua left the hard work of running two independent labels and joined the Motown label, bringing along his artists and also Tammi Terrell!

Fuqua  suggested  and produced Terrell’s  duets with Marvin Gaye, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Your Precious Love”.  These were two of the many songs that appeared on Marvin & Tammi’s first of three LPs entitled “United.”

Released in 1967 and co-produced by Fuqua and Johnny Bristol.   “United” zoomed to #7 on the R&B LP Chart and  #29 on the  Pop LP  ( the highest charting of the three LPs)

Fuqua and Bristol produced “Hold Me Oh My Darling” and “Two Can Have a Party” as Tammi Terrell solo tracks in 1965 and 1966, and had Gaye overdub his vocals to them in order to create duet versions of the songs that appeared on this album.

Tammi’s solo version appeared on her only studio release, 1969’s “Irresistable”, made up of tracks recorded 1965 and 1968.  Thought I let you hear Tammi’s solo version as a treat to see that studio magic was a way of the music industry long before computers (LOL)

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Tammi Terrell – Hold Me Oh My Darling (~1965)

“HMOMY” & “TCHAP” may not have been as successful as “ANMHE” or “PL”  — but “Hold Me Oh My Darling,”  composed by Fuqua, is one of my favorite faux-duets (LOL) by the Marvin & Tammi pairing. This is another great song that you never hear on the oldies radio but should! Don’t you agree?

Musically Yours,

sondanyr2

“It’s Got To Be A Miracle (This Thing Called Love)” Performed by Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston (1966)

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Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston – It’s Got To Be A Miracle (This Thing Called Love) – 1966

The often covered “It Takes Two” may be the most popular and memorable  Marvin & Kim duet,  but “It’s Got To Be A Miracle,” from the “Take Two” LP, is my all time favorite duet the two ever recorded!

I hope this post can find and convince just ONE  “oldies” disc jokey and/or just ONE  “quiet storm” jock  to play this awesome song —  then I will have done something to further the cause of keeping this classic music alive.

I just don’t understand why I never hear this beautiful love song anywhere anymore!  Check out these lyrics below.

It’s Got To Be A Miracle (This Thing Called Love) Composed by Vernon Bullock, Sylvia Moy & William “Mickey” Stevenson

All it takes is 2 hearts that care
Sprinkle just a little tenderness there
& like the tiny grains of sand that build a mountain so high
Each tender moment builds love between a girl & guy

It’s got to be a miracle, this thing called love
Never never never let go, this thing called love
Take a boy like you & a girl like me
2 lonely people we used to be
We shared a little time, tears & laughter
It seems that we will be happy ever after

All it takes is 2 arms that know
They gotta hold you, baby, & never let go
Throw in a lover’s quarrel & it’s sealed with a kiss
We know that heaven must be like this

It’s got to be a miracle, this thing called love
Never never never let go, this thing called love
I used to wander, I used to roam
Like a ship in a stormin’ sea, tryin’ to get home
When we found each other, heaven found a way
‘Cause you were the dawn of a bright sunny day

[Instrumental]

All it takes is just a little time
3 little words, baby, that mean ‘Will you will be mine?’
Add a few tears 2 lovers will shed
& every sweet word that’s ever been said

It’s got to be a miracle, this thing called love
Never never never let go, this thing called love
Take a girl like me & a boy like you
Long lonely hours we once knew
We have each other & live what life’s worth
All love is strong enough to move heaven & earth

(repeat & fade):
It’s got to be a miracle, this thing called love
Never never never let go, this thing called love

Just beautiful! It really takes me back to my age of innocence and puppy love!

The one and only Marvin & Kim set “Take Two” was recently re-released as “Take Two Plus” in 2007.   Check out my review and listen to two additional Marvin & Kim duets  on my EOINA Companion blog here.

TRIVIA: Did you know that Kim turned down the song “Dancing in the Street?”  Martha Reeves and The Vandellas then recorded it —  and you know what happened to them!

Musically Yours,

sondanyr2

“Dont Pass Me By” – Performed by The Beatles (1968)

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The Beatles – Don’t Pass Me By – 1968

Released November 22, 1968,  The Beatles White Album contained this first song composed by Richard Starkey.  Ringo had co-written a few songs before, but this was his baby and he sings it solo in his own charming yet quirky style.  It’s obvious that Ringo loved Country-Western — isn’t it?

Rumor has it that Ringo was working on this song as early as 1963.  Good job Ringo!

Check out Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band Tour 2003 performing “Don’t Pass Me By.” OMG there’s Shelia E on Drums, Colin Hay and more! Truly an All-star band Mr. Starr!  Wonder if this was the seed that germinated into the idea for Shelia E to join up with CMT’s “Gone Country 3”?

“Don’t Pass Me By” Composed by Richard Starkey

I listen for your footsteps
coming up the drive.
Listen for your footsteps
but they don’t arrive.
Waiting for your knock, dear
on my old front door.
I don’t hear it,
does it mean you don’t love me anymore?

I hear the clock a’ticking,
on the mantel shelf.
See the hands a’moving,
but I’m by myself.
I wonder where you are tonight,
and why I’m by myself.
I don’t see you,
does it mean you don’t love me anymore?

Don’t pass me by, don’t make me cry, don’t make me blue.
‘Cause you know darling, I love only you.
You’ll never know it hurt me so,
I hate to see you go.
Don’t pass me by, don’t make me cry.

I’m sorry that I doubted you,
I was so unfair.
You were in a car crash,
and you lost your hair.
You said that you would be late
about an hour or two.
I said, “That’s alright, I’m waiting here,
just waiting to hear from you”.

Don’t pass me by, don’t make me cry, don’t make me blue.
‘Cause you know darling, I love only you.
You’ll never know it hurt me so,
I hate to see you go.
Don’t pass me by, don’t make me cry.

Don’t pass me by, don’t make me cry, don’t make me blue.
‘Cause you know darling, I love only you.
You’ll never know it hurt me so,
I hate to see you go.
Don’t pass me by, don’t make me cry.

1968 Startling Music Ltd.