Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Let The Countdown Begin!


I'm really looking forward to this countdown. I actually enjoyed Motown, " The Sound of Young America", as it was branded, more than the Beatles. Probably because it pre-dated the Beatles in popularity by a number of years but I thought it was, for the most part, easier to dance to. 
I'd rate it a 98!

No doubt about it, Danny ... this music crossed all borders ... EVERYBODY loved these hot, new sounds coming out of Detroit ... it had a beat we hadn't heard before ... and it took the world by storm.

This week we'll be presenting the Best of the Best, '60's Style ... so stick around!  (kk)

Let The Countdown Begin!

#100 - Every Little Bit Hurts - Brenda Holloway  (1964)  Tamla  

#99 - I've Passed This Way Before - Jimmy Ruffin  (1967)  Soul  
Older brother of David Ruffin, long time lead singer of The Temptations 

#98 - Ooo Baby Baby - The Miracles  (1965)  Tamla  
The sweet sound of Smokey Robinson ... and a hit all over again years later for Linda Ronstadt

#97 - I'm Livin' In Shame - Diana Ross and the Supremes  (1969)  Motown 

#96 - The End Of Our Road - Gladys Knight and the Pips  (1968)  Soul 

#95 - I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You) - The Temptations  (1968)  Gordy 

#94 - Come And Get These Memories - Martha and the Vandellas  (1963)  Gordy 

#93 - It Takes Two - Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston  (1967)  Tamla
Marvin Gaye had duet hits with a number of different Motown female partners, including Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell, Mary Wells and Diana Ross.  He actually got his start as a session drummer for the label before he ever sang a note.  Once he did, over 50 Motown Chart Hits followed.

#92 - What's Easy For Two Is So Hard For One - Mary Wells  (1964)  Motown 

#91 - Try It Baby - Marvin Gaye  (1964)  Tamla 

#90 - (Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need - The Temptations  (1967)  Gordy 

#89 - You're A Wonderful One - Marvin Gaye  (1964)  Tamla
OK, this is quickly turning into The Marvin Gaye Countdown!!! 

#88 - Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell  (1967)  Tamla
Another of of Gaye's big duets ... and later a hit for Diana Ross (as almost a recitation rather than a vocal!)

#87 - The Tracks Of My Tears - The Miracles  (1965)  Tamla
More soft and smooth sounds from Smokey ... this one was a hit again for both Johnny Rivers and Linda Ronstadt!

#86 - I'm Ready For Love - Martha and the Vandellas  (1966)  Gordy 

#85 - Going To A Go-Go - The Miracles  (1966)  Tamla 

#84 - This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) - The Isley Brothers  (1966) Tamla
The Isley Brothers had been around for awhile prior to landing at Motown, recording hits for a variety of record companies including "Shout" for RCA and "Twist And Shout" for Wand.  Before they left Motown to score their biggest hits for the T-Neck Record Label, these guys waxed this timeless classic.

#83 - All I Need - The Temptations  (1967)  Gordy 

#82 - These Eyes - Jr. Walker and the All-Stars  (1969)  Soul
A soulful remake of the then recent Guess Who hit. 

#81 - Blowin' In The Wind - Stevie Wonder  (1966)  Tamla
Here's Little Stevie doin' Dylan!

More tomorrow in Forgotten Hits ... as the countdown continues!

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