MARVIN GAYE: A Stubborn Kind Of Fellow (Jasmine)
My favourite Motown artist. We sang behind him on his first three major hits.
He was such a gentleman and I was always flirting with him.
When he sang he would close his eyes and tilt his head and you could tell he was feeling his lyrics.
What a voice.
LITTLE STEVIE WONDER: Tribute To Uncle Ray (Remember)
He’s so creative and this was a tribute to Ray Charles.
I was pretending to be a secretary when I first went for an audition at Motown and saw Stevie come in for his first day.
He was eight years old.
MARY WELLS: The One Who Really Loves You (Hallmark)
She always thrilled me with her version of the song Forever, which I recorded too.
She was my idol and Berry Gordy loved her from the moment he heard her sing.
She had a certain misty bluesy sound to her voice, which was all her own.
THE TEMPTATIONS: In A Mellow Mood (Motown)
These guys did fantastic interpretations of old ballads which they brought back to life.
They had great voices that blended together.
You could play this over and over when you want to dance slow and be romantic. Oh yeah!
FOUR TOPS: Four Tops (Motown)
I love Ask The Lonely. If it doesn’t make you cry, you’ve never been lonely.
I’ve got chills thinking about it.
A friend in high school used to live near where they rehearsed and I was a groupie standing outside listening.
So when we went on our first Motown revue with them, it was a thrill.
THE MIRACLES: Hi… We’re The Miracles (Motown)
They had a hit called Bad Girl which I saw them record.
I loved their harmonies.
When we did the Motown revue in 1964 we had segregated audiences but Smokey Robinson told the guards with baseball bats to go.
The audience broke the barrier and started mingling. The good old days!