Sunday, October 19, 2014

More of the Funk Brothers, less of The Girls

The Funk Brothers were, of course, Motown's in-house wrecking crew whose backing propelled act after act to stardom.
     The Girls, as Ed Sullivan familiarly referred to them, since they were practically regulars on his massively popular Sunday night CBS variety show, were, of course, The Supremes.
     The repeated CBS exposure goes a long way toward explaining why the Supremes had more successive #1 hits than the Beatles, although another reason might have been that at their peak, some Beatles hits kept other Fab Four singles from reaching the top.)
     Here is the backing only of the Supremes' 1964 smash, Come See About Me. Wikipedia says the record "topped the chart twice, non-consecutively; toppled by and later replacing The Beatles' "I Feel Fine" in December 1964 and January 1965."
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