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?
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I know we are still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life 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. At the label it was not unusual for more than one artist to record the same song. Today’s tune was first released in 1963 by Martha & The Vandellas. Then in 1966 The Supremes recorded their own version for their album The Supremes A Go-Go. It was one of about a dozen songs featuring Mary Wilson on lead vocal. We lost this beautiful woman unexpectedly last month and despite being a founding member of the group she was over shadowed by not one but two different lead singers, during her years with The Supremes.
Wilson came into her own after she left The Supremes in 1977. She had a modest solo career, performed in musical theatre and published four books including the 1986 bestseller, “Dreamgirl: My Life As A Supreme”. She was also a strong lobbyist for the “Truth In Music” regulation which prevents secondary members of a group from using their original name unless at least one original member is part of the new configuration. It passed in 1995 in 28 states. Rest in peace, Mary Wilson, and thank you for all the memories..
“Here’s our old favorite record
I can’t stand to hear it anymore
Here’s some old lingering love
It’s in my heart and it’s tearing it apart“.
Top: Mary Wilson as a Supreme circa 1968. Bottom: Wells circa 2000. (Images found online. Original sources unknown.)
The Supremes: “Come And Get These Memories” (1966, written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland).
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