Remembering Mary Wells on what would be her birthday, 13 May.
“[I]n the BBC’s Archive there is a mysterious undated reel with the Beatles requesting records to be played. Their introductions give intriguing clues to the music that was inspiring the group around May 1964.[…] George chose two Tamla Motown records - the Miracles’ ‘I’ve Been Good To You’ and the first UK hit for the label, ‘My Guy’ by Mary Wells.” - The Beatles At The BBC by Kevin Howlett [x]
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“Respect to the late George Harrison who turned me on to soul music in a big way. I was a massive Beatle nut when I was a kid and one week, I was watching ‘Ready Steady Go’ when 'The Fabs’ were on. When Cathy McGowan asked George what music he liked to listen to at home he replied, 'The Miracles, Impressions, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye’. That was the start of my love of soul in all its forms.
Of course George later produced Billy Preston, Doris Troy and Ronnie Spector on Apple, and great records they were too.” - Peter Young, Radio London website [x]
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Cathy McGowan: “What records do you like, other than your own?”
George Harrison: “All the Motown Tamla records, Mary Wells, Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Impressions, all that crowd.”
- Ready, Steady, Go!, 20 March 1964
“The Tears of a Clown” es una canción de Smokey Robinson & the Miracles para el sello Tamla Records subsidiaria del sello Motown Records, lanzada originalmente en el álbum de 1967 Make It Happen. Fue re-lanzada en el Reino Unido como un single en septiembre de 1970, donde se convirtió en un hit # 1 en la lista de singles del Reino Unido.
Posteriormente, Motown lanzó “The Tears of a Clown” como single en los Estados Unidos también, donde rápidamente se convirtió en un hit # 1 tanto en el Billboard Hot 100 y Singles charts R & B. El primer corte del álbum I Just Can’t Stop It de la banda de 2tone The Beat es esta canción que se convirtió en su primer single para el año 1979.
“Motown founder Berry Gordy gave Claudette [Rogers Robinson] the official title of the “First Lady of Motown”, as noted in his autobiography, because, as a member of the Miracles,
(Motown’s first group and first recording act), she was the first female
artist ever signed to a Motown-affiliated record label (Tamla).“ [Wikipedia]
Released June 15, 1973, on Motown-subsidiary label Tamla Records. The song “Let’s Get It On” was recorded on March 22, 1973, at Hitsville West in Los Angeles, California. The song features romantic and sexual lyricism and funk instrumentation by The Funk Brothers. The title track of Gaye’s landmark 1973 album of the same name; it was written by Marvin Gaye and producerEd Townsend. “Let’s Get It On” became Gaye’s most successful single for Motown and one of his most well-known songs. With the help of the song’s sexually explicit content, “Let’s Get It On” helped give Gaye a reputation as a sex icon during its initial popularity.