Tag: The Funk Brothers

Chairmen of the Board

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Soul Serenade: The Chairmen of the Board, “Give Me Just a Little More Time”

The Chairmen of the Board teamed up with Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland to create a Beach Music classic...

The Marvelettes

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Soul Serenade: The Marvelettes, “When You’re Young and in Love”

One year ago in this column, I featured Ruby and the Romantics and their 1963 smash hit “Our Day Will Come.” The record was so...

Marvin Gaye - Gladys Knight & the Pips

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Soul Serenade: “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” — Who Did It Best?

Two classic versions of one classic song. Which is your favorite?...

Dennis Coffey

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Soul Serenade: Dennis Coffey, “Scorpio”

Legendary studio guitarist Dennis Coffey had a hit of his own in '71...

Rare Earth

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Soul Serenade: Rare Earth, “Get Ready”

Rare Earth scored big with two Temptations covers, and more...

Soul Serenade - Jimmy Ruffin

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Soul Serenade: Jimmy Ruffin, “What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted”

Jimmy Ruffin's biggest hit is a Motown classic...

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Dw. Dunphy On… Beatles USA 50, and If We’ll See Such a Thing Again

Are moments like Beatles on Sullivan, The Elvis Comeback, Moonwalk on Motown and the Smells Like Teen Spirit music video doomed? Here's...

Soul Serenade - Marvin Gaye (Give It Up)

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Soul Serenade: Marvin Gaye, “Got To Give It Up”

Marvin Gaye's '77 hit was huge, it's influence even greater...

Music, The Friday Five

The Friday Five: April 26, 2013

The Friday Five: sharing is caring. ...

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Soul Serenade: Stevie Wonder, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”

We lost Funk Brother Bob Babbitt this week, He played on countless Motown hits, including this Stevie Wonder classic....

Popblerd!

The Popblerd Halftime Report: Mike D.’s Best Reissues of the Year (So Far)

The best reissues, remasters and box sets of the first half of 2012, picked by Mike Duquette of The Second Disc....

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Soul Serenade: The Four Tops, “Bernadette”

The Four Tops smash "Bernadette" was just one of the hundreds of Motown hits that featured the bass playing of the legendary James...

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Soul Serenade: Marvin Gaye, “Baby Don’t You Do It”

The Holland-Dozier-Holland song "Baby Don't You Do It" had some great cover versions, but it's hard to to to the Marvin Gaye original....

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Soul Serenade: The Marvelettes, “Playboy”

The Marvelettes were Motown's first successful female group, and they scored the company's first number one pop hit. In all they scored 21...

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Soul Serenade: The Ronettes, “Be My Baby”

In which our own Ken Shane and Jim Fusilli of the Wall Street Journal debate the merits of Phil Spector's work in light of his murder...

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Soul Serenade: Marvin Gaye, “What’s Going On”

May 21 marked the 40th anniversary of the release of Marvin Gaye's landmark album What's Going On. Ken Shane has an appreciation....

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Soul Serenade: The Temptations, “You’re My Everything”

It’s surprising to me that we’re now several months into Soul Serenade, and I have yet to feature a track by the Temptations....