Hello London Lee! I’ve decided to start another occasional series. This time I shall pretend to be one of my favourite blogs, starting with The Number One Songs In Heaven which is maintained by Lee, who is, I presume, in London, and features lovingly-rescued soul and dance tracks. Lee unearths obscure Northern Soul, 70’s funk and 80s synclavier goodness. And every one’s a winner.
Anyway, here’s one he hasn’t done (I think!).
In 1970, having lost Diana Ross to her solo efforts, nobody would have been surprised to see the remaining Supremes quietly dissolve and make solo albums with diminishing results. Instead, Mary Wilson and the appropriately-monikered Cindy Birdsong recruited Jean Terell and enlisted the aid of the legendary Frank Wilson (he of “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” fame).
Together they recorded three albums in 1970 and managed to score three more top thirty hits in the US. The largest of those was “Stoned Love”, taken from the New Ways But Love Stays album, the second of the three.
As well as having a remarkable cover (the Supremes in Black Panther style black turtlenecks), it consists of some remarkable covers (“Bridge Over Troubled Waters”, “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)” and “Come Together”), but the real gems are the original tracks such as this example of ‘dusty groove’. Terell’s breathy vocals are far less shrill, perhaps, than her predecessor and the ditching of Holland-Dozier-Holland led the Supremes into a more knowing (and sexual) style.
Hee hee! That was fun. Now, whose blog shall I do next?
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