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April 29, 2018


In 66 ‘How Sweet It Is’

entered the UK charts at No. 22,

and with 4 Top Twenty hits to follow,

Junior Walker & The All Stars, our minds blew.


‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’,

with ease, won every heart.

This Stevie Wonder No.1 of 84

coming 18 years after ‘Uptight’ made the UK chart.


‘Stop In The Name Of Love’

found The Supremes on Tamla Motown ground,

after 3 hits on the Stateside label,

including ‘Baby Love’ – a No.1 sound.


Favourites from Martha Reeves & The Vandellas,

were ‘Nowhere to run’ and ‘Dancing In The Street’

and The Miracles ‘Going To A Go-Go’

had everyone up on their feet.


‘Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me’

sang Gladys Knight & The Pips.

and  ‘It Takes Two’  by Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston,

another song,  always on our lips.


’25 Miles’ and ‘War’

came from Edwin Starr.

And ‘Tracks Of My Tears & ‘Tears Of A Clown’,

by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – setting the bar.


‘I Want You Back’ and ‘ABC’,

and ‘The Love You Save’ and ‘I’ll Be There’ –

Four consecutive US number ones –

from The Jackson 5, making the world aware.


‘This Old Heart Of Mine’ – also a classic,

along with ‘Behind A Painted Smile’.

and,  ‘I Guess I’ll Always Love You’ – another hit,

showing The Isley Brothers had style.


‘These Things Will Keep Me Loving You’ –

a top 40 for The Velvelettes  in 71,

and ‘The Onion Song’ from Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell –

so poignant, now they are gone.


Let The Music play.


Written by

Harriet Blackbury


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