Posts filed under ‘Motown’

You Keep Me Hangin’ On

“You Keep Me Hangin’ On” was composed by Holland–Dozier–Holland. It became a popular Billboard Hot 100 number one hit for The Supremes in late 1966. The rock band Vanilla Fudge covered the song a year later and had a top ten hit with their version.

April 16, 2017 at 6:28 pm Leave a comment

I Heard It Through the Grapevine

“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” was written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for Motown Records in 1966. The first recording of the song to be released was by Gladys Knight & the Pips and released as a single in September 1967; it went to number two on the Billboard chart.

The Miracles actually recorded the song first but did not release their version until their 1968 album, “Special Occasion”. The Marvin Gaye version was placed on his 1968 album “In the Groove”, where it gained the attention of radio disc jockeys.  Motown founder Berry Gordy finally agreed to its release as a single in October 1968, when it went to the top of the Billboard Pop Singles chart for seven weeks from December 1968 to January 1969 and became for a time the biggest hit single on the Motown label.

April 11, 2017 at 3:24 pm 1 comment

My Girl

“My Girl” was recorded by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label and became a number one hit in 1965. Written and produced by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White, the song became the Temptations’ first U.S. number-one single.

April 7, 2017 at 12:35 pm Leave a comment


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