Irene And The Scotts - I’m Stuck on My Baby (1967)
There are lots of things I like about this gritty soul song - Irene’s wailing vocals, the guitar, and the horns. But I gotta say that I am most enamored with the sax solo. No, not an impassioned, honkin’ solo, but a cool, understated solo in which every note counts. Produced by Motown Funk brother Bob Babbitt .
On this day in music history: May 2, 2009 - A world record is set for the highest amount paid for a single record when a copy the ultra rare Motown 45 “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” by Frank Wilson goes for £25,742, ($38,378) to an anonymous collector. Previously owned by Kenny Burrell of Fife, Scotland, the unreleased 45 is one of only two original copies known to exist. The song is recorded in 1965 while Wilson is a staff songwriter and producer at Motown. Berry Gordy hears the record, and is impressed by Wilson’s rendition of the song. Wanting to discourage producers at the label from becoming recording artists also, Gordy asks Wilson what he wishes to do more. When Wilson chooses songwriting and producing, the records release is cancelled (originally scheduled for issue on December 23, 1965), and all but a few copies are destroyed. The remaining copies are stored in Motown’s archives. The track is reassigned to singer Chris Clark whose version is scheduled to be released on Motown’s V.I.P. imprint in August of 1967, but it too is canceled. Two different mixes of Clark’s version is released on the compilation albums “Tamla Motown Connoisseurs” and “A Cellarful Of Motown” in the early 2000’s. In the meantime, a copy of Wilson’s original version surfaces in the late 70’s, becoming a huge underground hit on the British Northern Soul club scene. It is briefly reissued on the Tamla/Motown label in 1979, again in 2004, and a bootleg repress in 2014 with an instrumental version on the B-side. “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” is considered the “holy grail” by collectors of UK Northern Soul records.