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September 29, 2015




From ‘Uptight’ at the beginning,

Stevie Wonder’s songs still pure gold.

‘I just called to say I love you’;

this number one, the best story told.


In 71, we embraced the Elgins

‘Heaven must have sent you’, we adored,

and ‘Put yourself in my place’,

the same year, they implored.


R Dean Taylor told us,

that he’d ‘Gotta see Jane’.

Then, after ’25 miles’ came ‘War’,

another Edwin Starr hit refrain.


‘Take me in your arms and love me’

sang Gladys Knight and the Pips.

‘I heard it through the Grapevine’ and

‘Help me make it through the night’ –

two more songs from her sweet lips.


‘Walk away from love’

gave David Ruffin his only UK hit.

And the re-issue of ‘My Guy’ to Motown,

for Mary Wells, nicely, did sit.


‘Here comes the judge’ saw order in the court;

and the only hit for Shorty Long.

Whilst ‘Don’t leave me this way’, will always be

the distinctive Thelma Houston song.


‘Keep on truckin’ insisted Eddie Kendricks;

the following year, telling us to ‘Boogie down’.

‘Three times a lady’ by the Commodores,

their first number one hit, on Motown


Tamla Motown gave us something,

that’s stayed precious to this day.

So many romantic, soulful ballads,

now part of our DNA.


Songs that will never leave us;

so many classics – the mainstay.

To have lived through that amazing era;

we were fortunate in every way.


Written By Harriet Blackbury










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