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My Eyes Adored You. Frankie Valli

This song originally titled, ‘Blue Eyes in Georgia,’ written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan. It was recorded by The Four Seasons in 1974, MoWest Records baulked at the idea of releasing it and sold it to Frankie for 4,000 dollars.… more

When Will I See You Again. The Three Degrees.

When The Three Degrees were recording their first album for Philadelphia International Records in 1973, Kenny Gamble sat at the piano and played Sheila Ferguson, lead singer of The Degrees a new song ‘When Will I See You Again.’ Sheila threw a tantrum, screaming and yelling, claiming the song was too simple, it took no talent to sing it and it was insulting to be asked to do so, finally ending the tirade with ‘I will never sing it.’ The Three Degrees eventually did record the song and it went to Number 2 in the U.S.A.… more

Ain’t To Proud To Beg. The Temptations.

When I was growing up I loved The Temptations, thought they were cool dudes, here’s a story about one of my favourite singles of theirs. At Motown Records on Friday mornings the creative staff assembled for the Quality Control meetings where potential single releases were voted on, for or against.… more

You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me. Dusty Springfield

The original song was titled ‘lo che non vivo (senza te)’ in English ‘I Who Can’t Live (Without You) and was an italian Number 1 single for it’s writer Pino Donaggio. The song was introduced at The San Remo Festival in 1965, attending and in the audience was Dusty Springfield.… more

Reach Out I’ll Be There. The Four Tops

My favourite male vocalists from all those years ago were Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, David Ruffin of The Temptations and Levi Stubbs of The Four Tops. The Tops with Levi on lead vocal recorded this Holland/Dozier/Holland song in 2 takes. H.D.H.… more