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"Too Many Fish in the Sea" is a 1964 hit song recorded by Motown singing group The Marvelettes. It was the group's first top 40 pop hit in almost a year reaching number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was one of the first hit singles written by Norman Whitfield and was also written by Eddie Holland. "Too Many Fish..." was also Whitfield's first produced single.
This is one of the rare singles to feature the group members singing
all lead vocals at one point. The Song's chorus features all 4 members
singing a line alone.
This single is the only one where group members Georgeanna Tillman Gordon and Katherine Anderson Schaffner had a lead on the A-Side.
Sadly, this is also the final A-Side appearance for Tillman, who would
leave the group in very early 1965 due to her illnesses, before they
recorded their next single, "I'll Keep Holding On". This would also be the last single in which Gladys Horton would lead on the A-Side, as Wanda Young Rogers (who also led on this and the two previous singles) would be the group's sole lead on the A-side, regulating Horton to B-Side leads.
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"Please Mr. Postman" (1961)
Top 10 hits:Pop:
"Playboy" (1962)"Don't Mess With Bill" (1966)
"Playboy" (1962)"Beechwood 4-5789" (1962)"Someday, Someway" (1962)"Strange I Know" (1963)"Don't Mess With Bill" (1966)"The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game" (1966)"When You're Young And In Love" (1967)"My Baby Must Be A Magician" (1968)
Top 10 albums:R&B:
Greatest Hits (1966)
Other important recordings: "So Long Baby," "Twistin' Postman," "Locking Up My Heart," "Too Strong To Be Strung Along," "Forever," "Tie A String Around My Finger," "My Daddy Knows Best," "As Long As I Know He's Mine," "You're My Remedy," "Too Many Fish In The Sea," "He's a Good Guy (Yes He Is)," "I'll Keep Holding On," "Danger! Heartbreak Dead Ahead," "You're The One," "Here I Am Baby," "Destination: Anywhere," "I'm Gonna Hold On As Long As I Can," "That's How Heartaches Are Made," "Marionette," "A Breath-Taking Guy"Covered by: The Beatles, Carpenters, Blondie, The Commitments, The Detroit Cobras, The Backbeat Band
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"Don't Mess with Bill" is a million-selling Gold certified 1966 single recorded by The Marvelettes for Motown Records' Tamla label. Written and produced by Smokey Robinson, "Don't Mess with Bill" features a lead vocal by Wanda Young. The single peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1966, and at number three on Billboard's R&B singles chart. "Don't Mess with Bill" was the Marvelettes' final Top 10 single.
The titular "Bill" referenced in the song is not an allusion to the
song's author, Bill "Smokey" Robinson. Robinson reports that he chose
the name because it fit the lyrics, not because it was his. "Don't Mess With Bill" has also been recorded and released by Monalisa Young.
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The song has been covered by a number of contemporary recording artists, including:
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"When You're Young and in Love" is a song composed by Van McCoy. The first recording of the song was by Ruby & the Romantics; like all the group's singles on Kapp Records
the track was produced by label a&r head Allen Stanton. Released in
September 1964, Ruby & the Romantics' "When You're Young..."
reached the Top Five in Honolulu but otherwise failed to register
strongly in any US market reaching #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1964. Ruby & the Romantics would score one subsequent Hot 100 placing, with "Does He Really Care For Me" (#87).
The song was remade in 1967 by the Marvelettes
with the track - produced by James Dean and William Weatherspoon -
reaching #23 on the Hot 100 that June; its R&B peak was #9. Although
not one of the Marvelettes' very biggest hits, "When You're Young..."
became the only record by the group to achieve hit status in the UK with
a #13 peak in July 1967. The track is also one of the last Marvelettes'
singles to feature Gladys Horton although the lead is by Wanda Young.
Besides Horton and veteran Marvelette Katherine Anderson, Rogers' vocal
backing on "When You're Young..." features Motown's premier session
singers the Andantes while the original instrumental backing on the track by the Funk Brothers was augmented by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
In the autumn of 1975 competing versions of "When You're Young..." by Ralph Carter and the Choice Four
charted R&B with the Carter version reaching #37 on the R&B
charts where the Choice Four peaked at #45; both versions were also
minor Hot 100 crossovers with respective peaks of #95 (Carter) and #91
(Choice Four). Ralph Carter would belatedly promote his version with a
performance on the 2 March 1976 episode of his Good Times sitcom; his recording was produced by Norman Bergen and Reid Whitelaw. The Choice Four version was produced by the song's composer Van McCoy.
A 1979 remake of "When You're Young..." is notable as the debut single for Stacy Lattisaw and also for being produced by composer Van McCoy; however the McCoy produced album Young and in Love
proved neither a critical or commercial success upon release in July
1979 - the month of McCoy's death - with the "When You're Young..."
single barely registering on the R&B charts at #91.
"When You're Young..." had its strongest chart impact via a 1983 cover version by the Flying Pickets - produced by the group with John Sherry Sonet - which reached #7 UK.
Gitte made a recording of "When You're Young and in Love" on 23 October 1964. The song has also been recorded by Donny and Marie - as "(When You're) Young and in Love" - and the Jets.
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