Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
(Image found online. Original source unknown.)
I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
Time for another mid-week Motown break. When two of The Miracles, Ronald White and Smokey Robinson, co-wrote “My Girl”, the latter did it with another Miracles group member in mind, Claudette Rogers. She joined the group in 1957 after her brother & group founding member, Emerson “Sonny” Rogers, was drafted. The song was originally meant for The Miracles to record in 1964, but The Temptations wanted to have their newest member, David Ruffin, sing it instead. Robinson gave in, and the song not only became The Temps first #1 hit but their signature tune as well. However, Robinson got the girl, at least for a while. He & Claudette were married in 1959 and divorced in 1986. The have two children together, a son and a daughter.
In 1987, the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame made one of the most bizarre and controversial decisions ever (or at least until 2010 when they let Abba in) by inducting only Smokey Robinson into the HOF without any of The Miracles. However that situation was corrected in 2012 when The Miracles, including Claudette, were inducted by Robinson himself.
“I don’t like you, but I love you
Seems that I’m always thinking of you
Oh, oh, oh, you treat me badly
I love you madly, you really got a hold on me“.
The Miracles in 1962, clockwise from top left: Bobby Rogers, Marv Tarplin, Ronald White, Claudette Robinson, and Smokey Robinson. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
The Miracles: “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me” (1962, written by William “Smokey” Robinson Jr.).
I do not own the rights to anything. I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.