So following my visit to Third Man Records in Nashville and having listened to the five Tamla singles I’d bought, I had to complete the set, so I ordered the remaining four singles.
Well they came yesterday, five days after I ordered them, and they sound great!
They’re part of a series of reissues, by Third Man Records, of the classic early Motown singles.
Barrett Strong – Money (That’s What I Want)/Oh I Apologize
This is the original version of the song that The Beatles covered on their With The Beatles album, which I have in my record collection. I know it’s been covered by loads of artists, but The Beatles version is the one I’m most familiar with.
I’ve just been reading about this single on the Motown Junkies website and amongst the comments, there’s mention of a “white teenage” kid who played the guitar solo, who had never been tracked down. Then a few months later a guy called Eugene Grey replied to the comment saying he was that “White Guy”! Don’t you just love the internet? He also played on tracks by The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and Mary Wells, as well as Please Mr Postman by The Marvelettes, another song covered by The Beatles. How cool is that?
Wikipedia mentions that “according to George Harrison, the group discovered Strong’s version in Brian Epstein’s NEMS record store”
Nick and the Jaguars – Ich-i-bon #1/Cool and Crazy
I’ve just been reading about this group on the Motown Junkies website and apparently they were Motown’s first white act.
Chico Leverett – Solid Sender/I’ll Never Love Again
Barrett Strong – Let’s Rock/Do The Very Best You Can
So that completes the set of the first reissues by Third Man Records of those classic early Motown singles. I’m so glad I bought these, not only to listen to these early recordings, but also to delve a bit deeper into their history. I’m not sure whether there are any more in the pipeline, but I sure hope so!