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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Meet the Newly Inducted Members of the Shady’s Law Hall of Fame!


One of my favorite various artists

record albums of the 1960s was

The Motown Sound, Vol. 6.


I bought the 16 track LP because it contained
several of the Shady Dell's greatest hits:

“Don’t Mess with Bill"
‘Going to a Go-Go”
“My Baby”
“Uptight”
“This Old Heart of Mine”
“Just a Little Misunderstanding”
“Truly Yours”
“Helpless”

To my surprise and delight I also found three
excellent songs on the album that I had never
heard before. They quickly became favorites.
Those three recordings were so good it made
me wonder why I didn't know about them.
Years later when I purchased Joel Whitburn’s
reference book Record Research and looked
them up I was surprised to learn how poorly
the three singles had performed on the chart.


 TAMMI TERRELL 

One of the soul gems I discovered on the album
was Tammi Terrell’s “I Can’t Believe You Love Me.”


This fine solo recording by Tammi, with backing
vocals by The Andantes and The Spinners, charted
in January of 1966 and inexplicably lost traction
on the lower rungs of the Billboard ladder.

 "I Can't Believe You Love Me" - Tammi Terrell 
 (January 1966, highest chart position #72) 




Tammi Terrell bonus track:

Tammi tried tried again, releasing
another soul satisfying single
in the late spring of 1966.


Tammi's "Come On and See Me" was right in the
pocket, yet it also performed poorly on the chart,
grinding to a halt at #80 around the 4th of July.

 "Come On and See Me" - Tammi Terrell 
 (June 1966, highest chart position #80) 





 JIMMY RUFFIN 

Another great song on The Motown Sound Vol. 6
was "As Long as There is L-O-V-E Love" written and
produced by Smokey Robinson and sung by Jimmy Ruffin.


“As Long as There is L-O-V-E Love” showed up
on the Bubbling Under chart the first day of 1966,
bubbled for three weeks and then vanished!

 "As Long as There is L-O-V-E Love" - Jimmy Ruffin  
 (Janaury 1966, highest chart position #120) 




LET'S REVIEW:

* "I Can't Believe You Love Me" 
died on the vine at #72.

* "Come On and See Me" 
bit the dust at #80

* "L-O-V-E" never busted out of 
the Bubbling Under basement!



There's a pattern emerging here and it's a crime! I think it's time to call Paul Williams Investigations 
G.C. Police Chief Paul Williams
and get to the bottom of it!





Jimmy Ruffin bonus track:

Jimmy's "He Who Picks a Rose" was
a northern soul dance floor filler in the
clubs of Great Britain. Using the same
backing arrangement as the oft recorded
"I Gotta Find a Way to Get You Back,"
Jimmy's "Rose" was a bloomin' hit just
waiting to happen. Too bad it was
never released as a single in the U.S.

 "He Who Picks a Rose" - Jimmy Ruffin 
 (previously unreleased) 




"I Gotta Find a Way to Get You Back" was a
Motown song recorded by the Temptations, by
Tammi Terrell singing with the Dennis Edwards
led Temps and by Tammi solo. Here's Tammi's
fine solo version with the Spinners
providing uncredited backing.

 "I Gotta Find a Way to Get You Back" 
 Tammi Terrell with The Spinners 
 (previously unreleased) 





 THE VELVELETTES 

Like the Marvelettes, another terrific Motown
girl group, the Velvelettes were eclipsed in
popularity by Diana Ross and the Supremes.


“Needle in a Haystack,” the best known record
by the Velvelettes, was another track on my
Motown Sound album. Of all the recordings
in this post, "Needle" was most successful,
climbing the chart in the fall of 1964 and
cracking the top 50. A great record
like this should have gone top 10!

 "Needle in a Haystack" - The Velvelettes 
 (November 1964, highest chart position #45) 




Velvelettes bonus tracks:


The Velvelettes were attractive women
with a terrific sound and great material.
They should have been a star attraction
but for some reason sales of their records
steadily declined.  Their follow-up single
"He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'”
charted in February of 1965
and fell short of the top 50.

 "He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'" - The Velvelettes 
 (February 1965, highest chart position #64) 




A third excellent recording by the Velvelettes
was “These Things Will Keep Me Loving You.”
Another chart underachiever, "These Things"
merely bubbled under in the fall of 1966
but never broke into the Hot 100.

 "These Things Will Keep Me Loving You" 
 The Velvelettes (October 1966, 
 highest chart position #102) 




What happened? Was the seven word title
"These Things Will Keep Me Loving You"
too long and cumbersome for the record
to be a hit? Did Motown drop the ball
and fail to adequately promote the
Velvelettes and their records?


The fact is not one of the Motown masterpieces
presented in today's post reached the top 40.
Most didn't even come close. Why didn't
these records become hits?


Shady's Law states that chart performance and
record sales have nothing to do with greatness.
That's why I proudly welcome these artists and
recordings into the Shady's Law Hall of Fame. 
They're all first round draft picks!

Have a Shady day!

35 comments:

  1. thanks for your comment Tom, and let me know if you and Mrs Shady will like Tzatzaiki :D
    have a nice week!

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    1. Hi, Katia! Thank you for being the early bird today, dear friend! I already told Mrs. Shady about your recipe and showed her your blog page. She is very interested in making it. I will let you know when she does, which foods she uses it with and how we liked it. Have a wonderful week, dear Katia!

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  2. Ahh, I've enjoyed listening to these this Monday morning! I'm sure they will be echoing in my mind even as I head for the gym in a bit. I especially enjoyed Jimmy Ruffin. He's got a great sound. I do hope your week is terrific, my friend, and filled with enjoyment during your time out of town! Thank you for these great songs~

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    1. Thank you very much, Shelly! I agree that Jimmy Ruffin's voice was like buttah and he was given some excellent songs to record. It's a shame he never became a major star like his younger brother David who gained fame as lead singer of the Temptations and later as a successful solo artist. Same thing with Tammi Terrell and the Velvelettes. Tammi was terrific but only achieved hits singing duets with Marvin Gaye. The Velvelettes were beautiful and gifted and their records hitworthy but they were overshadowed by the Supremes and other Motown girl groups.

      Thanks again for coming, dear friend Shelly, and have a super week!

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  3. I use to love buying those mega hit albums. It was a lot cheaper than buying all those 45's. I can remember there were always one or two "hits" on those records that I never heard. I always thought that York's WSBA was just behind or just wouldn't play some of these "greats". Also use to love "Paul Williams" from my Y & R days way back when! LOL!

    My fav hidden treasure on this post was, Tammy T's, "Gotta find a way to get you back"! I liked the long intro and the Spinners backing her up were an added bonus. It REALLY makes you wonder how many fantastic hits we've all missed thru the years!
    Toni Deroche

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    1. Hi, Toni! Thanks for coming to my Motown platter party. You brought up some interesting points. It was easier and less expensive to buy a various artists album than it was to shop for and buy all those 45s (if you could even find them). There were drawbacks, however. You often got filler on those albums - unwanted songs that you didn't care to hear. You had to manually pick up the needle and drop it at a different spot if you wanted to skip a track. Another problem was that the sound quality of various artists albums was not as good as regular albums and 45s because they typically contained more songs jammed together on the vinyl. When 20, 25 or 30 songs were compressed onto a long play album, some of them were shorter versions of the radio hits, edited so that more would fit on the album. For those reasons my collection contained relatively few various artists LPs and thousands of 45s.

      Another subtopic you brought up has to do with unreleased material. The vaults of most record companies were crammed full of unreleased recordings that were as good as or better than the stuff that was released. Sometimes the decision makers simply didn't know a hit if they tripped over it. I'm sure there were other considerations such as funding the major, established stars first and the up-and-comers last.

      I'm glad you enjoyed my Paul Williams/Y&R bit. I'm wondering when Paul and Cricket are gonna break down and get a room! :)

      Thank you again for your visit and comments, dear friend Toni. Enjoy your Monday and the week ahead!

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  4. I really enjoyed these songs. The only one I may have heard when I was young was, Needle In A Haystack. I noticed in one of the videos that Tammi sang with Marvin Gaye and looked her up. I'm sure you know she died at 24. So sad. I loved, 'Come On and See Me'.

    The Velvelettes were great. It was nice seeing in the videos that they continued singing together for many years. Good for them! Thanks for a Shady Day!

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    1. It's a bright and sunny Shady day thanks to your visit and comments, dear Belle! I'm glad you enjoyed these Motown sounds that coulda been, woulda been and shoulda been hits. "Needle" was the highest charting and best known of all these recordings. The thing is the Velvelettes' follow-up singles were actually better, in my opinion, and deserved at least a top 40 finish.

      Yessum, Tammi Mongtomery aka Tammi Terrell, is best known for her love duets with Marvin Gaye, and hers is one of the most tragic stories in the history of rock 'n' roll. It's hard to believe that fresh young beauty wasted away in a wheelchair and died of a brain tumor before reaching her mid 20s.

      Thank you very much for your kindness in coming down for a visit, dear friend Belle. I wish you a safe and happy week in B.C.!

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  5. Hi! Just call me 'same day Sadie'! I made it on the same day for a change, lol! What a great review, bringing back my fond memories of Tammi Terrell! A great voice she had, and the best duets with Marvin Gaye. Marvin Gaye was a big favorite of mine.

    I often wondered why Tammi and Kim Weston didn't have any singles out...they were both so good! I guess the Motown heads didn't want to share the wealth with the women...oops! And, in a video I saw some years ago, Tammy Terrell or Kim Weston is standing BEHIND Chubby Checker on stage, while they were doing a duet, (I think it was 'Slow Twistin')! Shouldn't they have been standing together? Here comes my 'feminist' side! No, really, it is so tragic to have lost Tammi at such a young age.

    And, I do remember the Velvelettes 'A Needle in a Haystack'. "These Things Will Keep Me Loving You" was a great song, I can't believe it didn't go further than 102!!!. I guess the competition was so heavy back then-there were so many wonderful voices,or, was it 'who you knew?' (more sarcasm?)

    Soooo...thanks so much Shady, for this post, and, for bringing to our attention some more of the unsung heroins! I did like the Ruffin brothers...they were both good in their own right, together and solo! David was such a stinker, and paid a high price for it. What a great loss!

    You have a great week, sending 50° your way...just sharing the wealth. Thanks for being such a good friend! ♫

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    1. Hello, Same Day Sadie, and welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories! :)

      Yessum, I'm surprised (and delighted) that you rushed over here on the first day, Suzanne. I think it was because I used Motown music as a powerful lure and you simply couldn't resist.

      Marvin Gaye considered Tammi Terrell his perfect singing partner. Marvin & Tammi had a nice string of hit singles including "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Your Precious Love," "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You," "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing," "You're All I Need to Get By," "Keep On Lovin' Me, Honey" and "Good Lovin' Ain't Easy To Come By." ( Quite a few "Ain't" songs, don't you think?) Marvin also made duet recordings with Mary Wells ("Once Upon a Time" and "What's the Matter With You Baby") and with Kim Weston ("What Good Am I Without You" and "It Takes Two").

      From what I've read Tammi Terrell had a stormy relationship with David Ruffin and a close platonic relationship with Marvin Gaye. Gaye, it is written, never fully recovered from Tammi's death. He became depressed and turned to drugs. There were many tragic stories and early deaths among our favorite Motown performers!

      We had a pleasant cool down a few days ago and now the temp is creeping back up again. Nevertheless, I think we've got the southern summer on the run.

      F.Y.I. - If you or the other Suzanne happen to publish a new post this Thursday, Friday or Saturday, please be advised that I will not be available to comment. Mrs. Shady and I are taking a 3-day trip out of state and I promised I'd refrain from blogging the whole time. I'll be returning home to Bloggerville on Sunday.

      Thank you very much for attending my Motown Madness bash, dear friend Suzanne. Have a great week!

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    2. Thank you Shady, and have a wonderful trip...never fear- we,your blogmates will keep a good eye out for your return! Be safe! ♫

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  6. You got me today Shady. These were all unknowns for me. I have enjoyed my music history lesson for today. Thanks very much.

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    1. That's terrific, Bouncin' Barb! Blogging is an opportunity to teach and learn and we all take turns as mentor and pupil. I'm glad you enjoyed this post and learned a thing or two about these seldom heard Motown sounds. Enjoy your Tuesday, BB!

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  7. Hi there dear Shadykins! Ooops, I'm late to the party I see. Story of my life!! Oh, I always loved Motown and have several compilation CD's. Always loved Jimmy Ruffin and Tammi
    Terrell. I'm
    Sure you know that her real name was Thomasina. How cool is that! I always enjoyed her duets with Marvin
    Gaye as well Those songs, all if them , should have been hits. Isn't it strange that they scored so low in the charts.

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  8. We can always rely on Sherlock Tom to dig out all these tunes for us. Tunes, certainly , that deserve to be given another airing. Thank you for all your thoughts of Emma. She is still in
    Hospital, but maybe out tomorrow. Do hope so. I was due to go back last Sat but staying until this Sat, although I may well have to return to France. Smooches to you dear friend.

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  9. Forgot to say what a pleasure it was to see dear Belle here today 😊

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    1. Hallo hallo hallo, dear Thisisme! Thank you very much for joining the fun and listening to my lost Motown classics! I'm happy to know that you considered these tunes bopworthy.

      Yessum, Tammi Terrell's real name was Thomasina Winifred Montgomery but that name doesn't roll off the tongue as nicely as Tammi Terrell, nor would it fit easily on a record label. However, early in her career, the talented thrush recorded as Tammy (with a Y) Montgomery and released some excellent R&B records. YouTube has a few of them and here's one:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQ4-lR-5tGw

      Yessum, it was wonderful to see Belle at the party along with another mutual friend Bouncin' Barb, the pride of Daytona Beach.

      I certainly hope that Emma's pain has diminished by this time and that she can leave the hospital tomorrow. This has been a very challenging autumn for her, losing her good friend Kelly and then enduring a bout of extreme pain and a hospital stay. Episodes like these make us grateful for the normal, ordinary days of our lives, don't they? Please say hello to Emma and Alfred for me and be careful on that dangerous return trip from France to England!

      As I told Suzanne, I will be taking a break from blogging this Thursday thru Saturday because Mrs. Shady and I are going on a trip out of state. If you happen to publish a post during that period I will not be able to comment before Sunday.

      Blessings, hugs and smooches, dear Thisisme!

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  10. Even though I feel a bit like a musical illiterate when I come here it is always fun to learn what you have to teach. Thanks for sharing these well-deserved unknowns.
    Loved seeing Belle here.
    I hope you have a great trip.

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    1. Thank you so very much, Jeanie! I figure most of us have heard "Stop in the Name of Love" a gazillion times and are probably tired of hearing it by now. That's why I like to present quality recordings that some people don't know and others remember but haven't heard in a while.

      I agree with you and Thisisme that it's wonderful to see Belle here. She is a faithful friend and I appreciate her support. I also appreciate yours, dear friend. Thank you very much for coming over for a look and a listen and enjoy the rest of your week there in chilly Colorado!

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  11. I do hope that you and Mrs Shady enjoy your trip. Take care and we shall look forward to seeing you on your return.

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    1. Thank you, sweet friend. It looks like you and I will both be on the road for home on Saturday. Here's to safe and happy motoring for us both.

      God bless!

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  12. I'm late to music class Professor Shady...sorry! I remember my older brothers being into Motown and I was the pipsqueak sis who just bothered them and caught bits and pieces of the sound. I enjoyed this lesson tonight and especially the Velvelettes. The dancing in the video was pretty cool..along with the micro minis! I tried to wear something that short once and Dad sent me back to change..said he could see what I had for lunch..I'm guessing that meant it was too short! Anyway, the song was really good and I remember Tammi Terrell a little bit, but reading the comments about her I feel bad that such talent ended too soon. It's hard to figure out how fame and fortune find some artists and others just don't make it. Thanks for sharing the music and education. I see you and Mrs. Shady are heading out of town. Have fun and safe travels. Jack and I are heading out of town this weekend also, but for my sister-in-law's memorial service. Not a fun trip, but it will be good to see family. Have a good weekend!

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    1. Hi, YaYa! Fear not, dear friend. If you remembered Tammi Terrell even a little bit and moreover if you had fun listening to Motown's missing links, then I hereby declare that you are spared the humiliation of donning the dunce cap, at least for another week.

      I was very lucky to find excellent YouTube videos for all these recordings. They all have great sound quality and the uploaders did a fine job with the visuals. Two of the videos are exciting extended remixes that remain faithful to the original versions.

      Yessum, it is a doggone shame that the lovely and talented Tammi succumbed to illness weeks before her 25th birthday.

      My dear, it was unfair of your dad to make you change your outfit. If only I could have been there that day I would have rallied to the rescue, stood up for you and proudly defended your right to wear your skirts as short as you wanted to! How's that for industrial strength friendship? :)

      On a serious note I know that the coming weekend will be difficult for all of you and you have my sympathy, I'm glad you noticed that I have travel plans of my own and will be breaking free of blogging entirely from Thursday thru Saturday. I hope you stay safe in your travels.

      Thank you very much for spending some time in the Shady, dear friend YaYa. See you soon, kiddo!

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    2. P.S. YaYa - I would have defended your right to bare arms, too! :)

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  13. Kathleen Mae SchneiderNovember 5, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    I'm late again! I didn't hear the bell!

    I think it's safe to say that when you sign on to this blog, you can expect to have your appreciation of music expanded and made more flexible. Last week we were introduced to contemporary heavy metal and this week we're taken back in time to Motown. What a contrast! I was just beginning to feel comfortable with the likes of Marcela Bovio and Floor Jansen. I even checked out some of the other groups you suggested at the end of the Halloween post. I especially like Tears of Magdalena! (Do I get extra credit?) Now I'm liking what I hear by Tammi Terrell and the Velvelettes and a lot of the others. My head is spinning just a bit!

    The years during the height of the Motown sound's popularity found me just beginning to break out of my classical music fixation and tentatively trying on other music genres. Although I remember hearing the "ain't songs" in particular, I wasn't paying attention to the names of the artists. So most of these songs and artists were strangers to me.

    I laughed at Yaya's mini skirt episode. I can't figure out how I negotiated those skimpy hemlines and high boots I wore while teaching first graders. Thank goodness my knees were in better shape back then, so I could lower myself down to help the little ones at their desks and still remain respectable. Oddly, short skirts were allowed in our professional dress code but slacks were not. Hm-m-m. Come to think of it, all the principals and administrators back then were men. I wonder if that had anything to do with it?

    Anyway, don't flunk me please! I need more remediation and am doing my best to catch up. Tonight after listening to everything, I hit the books and read about Berry Gordy and his empire. It's interesting to see how these artists, some of whom grew up in housing projects and in poverty, were groomed to achieve success at a time when our country was in the throes of the civil rights movement. That says something about Motown's appeal to a wide audience in defiance of the racism that flared at the time.

    I love what Smokey Robinson said: "....we were not only making music, we were making history... I recognized the bridges that we crossed, the racial problems and the barriers that we broke down with music."

    I need to listen to the songs again, Professor, so I hope there won't be a pop quiz any time soon. Thanks for limbering up my mind and keeping me learning. This is fun!


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    1. Hello and good morning, Kathleen! Holy moly! Lands sakes alive! My jaw dropped onto the keyboard when I realized that you are still doing research into heavy metal bands. Name dropping Marcela Bovio, Floor Jansen and Tears of Magdalena was like handing me (your all time favorite music teacher) a big shiny red apple! For further reading (and more extra credit) you could Google yet another female fronted metal band I've just discovered, the Los Angeles neo-thrash band Butcher Babies led by two women who were heavily influenced by The Plasmatics, the ground breaking late 70s/early 80s punk metal band led by Wendy O. Williams. Get busy, leafhopper. Here's your chance to turn that humdrum A into an A+! :)

      Your story harking back to the mini skirt years of your teaching career is like "Harper Valley P.T.A." in reverse. It doesn't seem odd to me that the male principals and administrators encouraged female teachers to wear short skirts but frowned on them wearing slacks. Those courageous men were merely preserving and upholding the vision of our founding fathers - that women should look like women and men should look like men, and that men should look at women who look like women. I am proud to say that have taken up the mantle and am carrying on that good work today. :)

      Yessum, Motown took young singers off the streets and sent them to finishing school to give them an elegant look and refined manner that would make them more appealing to white middle class record buyers. Maxine Powell, the woman who operated Motown's charm school, died just three weeks ago at the age of 98. (Look her up for extra EXTRA credit!)

      You are in no danger of flunking, dear friend, I assure you. In fact, I hold you in such high regard that I've decided to put you in charge of teaching the class for three days while I take my trip out of state. Please report here at 5 am tomorrow to begin posting replies to any comments that trickle in Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you can't think of anything intelligent to write in your reply, just do what I do - use humor as a smoke screen. :)

      Thank you very much for your eagerness to learn and your wonderful comment, dear Kathleen. You are a joy. Have a great Wednesday and thank you for holding the fort while I'm away. I'll see you and the other kids Sunday!

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  14. Kathleen Mae SchneiderNovember 6, 2013 at 5:36 AM

    Wow!! You have got to be kidding! If I tried to fill your very big shoes for even a day, I'd be no better than a greeter at the door and like some of the "warm body" substitutes that filled in for me in the classroom. There'd be a barrage of spit balls and a virtual air force of paper airplanes flying after I gave the students several crossword puzzles followed up by three days of homework....

    Thanks for the awesome honor, but as you know, I'll be out of town the same days as you, with a 101-year-old class of one! Besides, I believe I have a rather late assignment to try to complete and have on your desk in a few days.

    I'm sure your loyal students will agree with me that after all your hard work on this blog, you deserve a few personal days. (I believe that's in your contract.) We'll be waiting patiently for your return and hoping you have a restful vacation in Alabama.

    (P.S. I quickly checked out the Butcher Babies. That sure is a novel use for duct tape! LOL!)

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    1. You overestimate me and underestimate yourself, dear Kathleen. Shucks, I'm nothing more than a glorified babysitter, but since you brought a note from your mother, I have no choice but to let you off the hook. Therefore, you do not have to report for substitute teaching duty tomorrow morning (unless you REALLY REALLY wanna).

      How about those Butcher Babies and their nipple tape performances? Gotta love 'em! :) They're being called "the hottest band in the world" and I'm not about to argue. Thanks for checking them out. I have no doubt that you already rushed over to Amazon, purchased Goliath and paid extra for express shipping!

      Enjoy the rest of your day, my dear friend, and say hello to Mother for me!

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  15. I really enjoyed this post Shady, I just love Motown and thoroughly enjoyed listening to all of the songs you posted here. I hope you have a good weekend!

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    1. Hi, dear Sarah! I'm very happy to see you, my good friend. Forgive my late reply, but as you might have read elsewhere, I've been away on a trip and away from blogging for a few days and just now got back. It delights me to find a caring comment from my London friend and to know that you enjoyed these Motown misses that should have been hits. I hope you had a great weekend so far and I wish you a happy Sunday and an excellent week ahead! Thanks again, Sarah!

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  16. That Tammi Terrell - what a cutie!

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    1. Hello, dear Cat! You'll find few people to argue with you. Tammi was a beautiful young woman with a voice to match, but she had a turbulent life which included abusive relationships with men. Then came her illness and tragic death at the age of 24. Tammi's was one of the many tragic stories to come out of Motown and popular music in general during the golden years, mid 50s thru mid 70s.

      Catherine, I am always ecstatic to get a blog visit from you and I thank you very much for your kindness. I hope you had a fine weekend in Australia. Good night to you, dear friend, and have a terrific week ahead!

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  17. Hello Shady, my name is Rob. Thank you for your excellent acknowledgment of the Great Tammi Terrell! While it is a MAJOR sin that her great talent was not better promoted until her grand union with Marvin Gaye, she was known as a rising star in r&b circles before then. She actually HEADLINED one touring version of the famed Motortown Revue in 1966 in addition to frequently opening for the The Temptations or Smokey Robinson & The Miracles with (lesser) star billing.

    At the conclusion of 1968 (a year many consider to be Motown's commercial peak), Billboard Magazine listed the Number 1 selling act for the label as Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell! Tammi suffered much, but she achieved greatness in her short span and had a HUGE love for her many fans and a zest for life in addition to her often mentioned sorrows. So her story is definitely not ALL sad.

    Her talent, potential and beauty were boundless. Tammi Terrell is STILL considered the all-time favorite vocalist by many, including myself. BTW, I love Jimmy Ruffin's talent too, and many others from the era of REAL popular music. Again, THANK YOU for sharing your own great music taste and some important cultural history in such an entertaining manner!

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