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Jun 7 17 3:01 AM
Though today this version is relatively obscure compared to others like those of The Miracles and The Jackson 5, it is to date the only one to place on the Billboard Hot 100. Released in 1967 on Dionn 501, Brenda & the Tabulations took this song to position #66. It was also a #19 hit on Billboard's R&B chart. The gender of the lyrics was amended to fit the female vocalist.
The most famous cover of "Who's Lovin' You", and the one most future covers were based upon, was recorded on August 7, 1969 by The Jackson 5. Michael Jackson was the lead singer on this recording, with his brothers Marlon, Tito, Jermaine, and Jackie on background vocals; Bobby Taylor of The Vancouvers served as producer. The Jackson 5 version of "Who's Lovin' You" was one of a number of early recordings the group made at the Hitsville U.S.A. recording studio in Detroit, Michigan, with the Funk Brothers on instrumentation. Just after recording this song, Berry Gordy moved the entire Jackson family to Los Angeles, California to record the hit pop songs he would co-write for the group with The Corporation.
The song was issued as the b-side to The Jackson 5's first single, "I Want You Back", with a shortened version included on the first Jackson 5 LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5. The single went to #1 on both the pop and R&B charts. The original single version was twenty seconds longer, featured fewer backing vocals, and sparser instrumentation than the album version. The mono single mix was released on Michael's Love Songs compilation release in 2002.
The Jackson 5 performed this on their first Ed Sullivan Show appearance.
When the group performed the song during their concerts and live performances, Michael usually gave an intro about being really young but knowing about the blues, usually stating how he met the girl during sandbox and sharing cookies, and ended in "I stepped up to her and i said..." the song started from there. In their first concert in Philadelphia, it (along with "I Want You Back") caused the show to be stopped for several minutes because of such a huge response from the audience. It was a regularly performed/popular song in their set-list from 1970 to early 1972, presumably dropped from the set because of more hits being released and Michael's voice beginning to change in 1972.
On May 2, 2009, the song debuted at No. 54 in UK Official Singles Chart, and peaked at No.36 in July 2009 .
Jun 7 17 3:03 AM
In 1988, 13-year-old Lauryn Hill appeared as an Amateur Night contestant on It's Showtime at the Apollo. Hill sang her own version of William "Smokey" Robinson's song "Who's Lovin' You?". As she began the song, the crowd began to 'boo' at Hill. A nervous Hill sang with the microphone far away from her mouth and was heckled at first; but she persisted and finished her song to standing applause, though she did not win.
En Vogue's cover of "Who's Lovin' You" was attached to the beginning of their first single, "Hold On" (1990), which was written as an answer song to Robinson's composition. The idea was born when, while the ladies were practicing the song in producer Denzil Foster's car, when he accidentally turned on a drum machine, creating an interesting juxtaposition of old school hip hop and new jack swing.
The opening section of "Hold On", released as the group's first single, was an a cappella version of the song's first verse. Once the ladies reach the line "and I wonder/who's lovin' you", a drum machine kicks in and starts a new jack swing beat, over which "Hold On" is delivered. "Hold On" was the anchor of En Vogue's first album, Born to Sing, which eventually went platinum.
Terence Trent D'Arby ended his 1987 debut album Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby with a cover of "Who's Lovin' You". The album earned D'Arby a Grammy award the following year.
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"Here I Go Again" was a 1969 hit single by The Miracles (aka Smokey Robinson and the Miracles) on Motown Records' Tamla label subsidiary. It was taken from their top-25 Pop album Time Out for Smokey Robinson & The Miracles from that year, and was the "B" side of their hit single, "Doggone Right". Like that song, "Here I Go Again" was also a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 37. It was a Top 20 hit on the R&B chart as well, peaking at number 15. It was written by Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Pete Moore, along with Motown staff songwriters Al Cleveland and Terry "Buzzy" Johnson, a member of the legendary R&B group The Flamingos.
Moore and Johnson were the song's producers. A heart-rending ballad, Robinson, as the song's narrator, portrays a man falling deeply and hopelessly in love with a young woman, yet afraid to do so due to a bad previous relationship that ended in heartbreak and failure:
In the end, however, love wins out, outweighing his fears and apprehensions: "Here I Go Again...walking into love...never thinking of the danger that might exist...disregarding all of this just for you...".
"Here I Go Again" was performed by the group on a 1969 telecast of the ABC music - variety program, The Music Scene, and has inspired cover versions by Chazz Dixon, Carey Bell, A.J. De Bravo, Little Willie G., and Oran "Juice" Jones. The original Miracles version appears on several of their "Greatest Hits" anthologies, with a live version appearing on their live album, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: 1957-1972. The Miracles can also be seen performing "Here I Go Again" live on the DVD compilation, Music Scene - The Best of 1969-70 (an out of print collection, but still available on certain collectors' websites).
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"Come Spy With Me" (T54145) was a 1967 song recorded by Motown Records R&B group The Miracles, recorded on its Tamla Records subsidiary label. The B-side of the group's Top 20 hit single "The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage", It was written by Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson, and was the original titular theme song from the 1967 20th Century Fox feature film of the same name, starring Troy Donahue and Andrea Dromm.
This song, recorded by the group in June 1966, was released the following year, and was a regional hit, though not charting nationally, and did not appear on any original Miracles studio album, but since its original release, has been included in The Miracles' 1994 35th Anniversary box set collection . With its James Bond style rhythms, it is a favourite on the UK Northern Soul scene.
The song, being the title to a major movie, may have been the intended A side, but, as with a lot of Motown singles of the time, a strong flipside may be preferred by D.J.'s and end up being the hit side. This is because the Billboard Hot 100 was not purely sales based, but also included radio airplay as well.
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"Choosey Beggar" was a 1965 song recorded by Motown R&B group The Miracles on its Tamla label subsidiary. It was issued as the B-side of the group's top-20 million-selling single, "Going to a Go-Go", and was taken from the group's Billboard Top 10 Pop album of the same name.
Written by Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Pete Moore and produced by Robinson, this song also became a national hit, reaching number 35 on the Billboard R&B chart. As the song's narrator, lead singer Smokey Robinson, using a play on the old axiom, "Beggars can't be choosers", portrays a man who simply refuses to accept just "any girl":
Beggars can't be choicey, I know...that's what the people say...But though my heart is begging for love ...I've turned some love away..." Only one girl is right for him... "I'm a choosey beggar...and you're my choice..."
"Choosey Beggar" has inspired cover versions by Debby Boone, and Jazz artist Chazz Dixon, and has been included in the Miracles' compilation album Greatest Hits-Vol.2, along with several other Miracles "Greatest Hits" compilations.
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Bill G wrote:
No, this song is not about Marlo Thomas (That Girl")more than likely , it's about "This Girl" (Claudette Robinson)
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Bill G wrote:Well , Charles, here is what I dug up:She does have her own Facebook page, in which she mentions that she is a songwriter, and that she was also one of Rick James' Mary Jane Girls, but it does NOT show her date of birth.https://www.facebook.com/candice.ghantDiscogs indeed lists her as one of the co-writers of The Miracles' "That Girl" on their "ONE DOZEN ROSES" album from 1971...along with Jr. Walker & The All-Stars song "Don't Blame The Children" from their album "Moody Jr."....So as you said , Perhaps she was just a little girl when she wrote the song.https://www.discogs.com/artist/410544-Candice-Ghant
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