Listening to the radio growing up as a kid, I heard all the Motown greats – The Supremes, Four Tops, Martha & The Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, and of course Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.
BUT….most radio stations skipped out on a good chunk of Motown gems from the 60′s – let’s face it – the competition was stiff during Motown’s “Golden Age.” The Spinners, who had MONSTER hits in the 70′s, barely moved the needle at Motown during their stay there (“It’s A Shame” aside).
So, with that in mind – here are a few songs that I really think are amazing, but for whatever reason never really made it. Give them a listen and tell me what you think!
First up….Brenda Holloway covering a Mary Wells track – and I personally think it sounds better by Brenda than Mary!
Next up: The Elgins, best known for “Heaven Must Have Sent You” – a song I only heard on the oldies station in Philly….but I never heard anything else by them. Until I picked up a Motown compilation CD that had this on it, and I fell in love.
Song #3 – by The Spinners, before the fame of their 70′s songs, The Spinners released a few 60′s cuts that went nowhere, getting lost in the shuffle of all the other amazing songs coming out of Hitsville USA at the time. This one I love because the lyrics, melody, and Bobbie Smiths vocal blend perfectly…
So…what do you guys think?