Song Lyric Sunday : Motown

Motown had a sound of its own when I was a kid.
Jim, as always, has provided us with some terrific background and I recommend you check that out here
I was a Jackson 5 fan, but I haven’t chosen one of their hits for this.

Courtesy WIKI

Richard Dean Taylor (May 11, 1939 – January 7, 2022) was a Canadian musician, most notable as a singer, songwriter, and record producer for Motown during the 1960s and 1970s. According to Jason Ankeny, Taylor was “one of the most underrated acts ever to record under the Motown aegis.”

As a singer, American audiences know Taylor best for his chart-topping 1970 hit “Indiana Wants Me”,which hit No. 1 in Cash Box in the United States and was also No. 2 in Canada and No. 2 in the UK. It peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. He became well known in the United Kingdom for other hits, including “Gotta See Jane” and “There’s a Ghost in My House”.
1967’s “There’s A Ghost In My House” was written by the team of Holland–Dozier–Holland along with Taylor, and again produced by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier. It was also a commercial disappointment in the US – but it was a No. 3 hit in the UK Singles Chart in 1974. Taylor was also beginning to become a songwriter for other acts, as “I’ll Turn to Stone” by the Four Tops, and “All I Need” by The Temptations were both charting US singles in 1967, co-composed by him. In 1968, Taylor’s self-produced single “Gotta See Jane”, co-written with Brian Holland, became a Top 20 hit in the UK.


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14 Responses to Song Lyric Sunday : Motown

  1. I am aware of Richard Taylor being a part of Motown, but before reading your post Di, I didn’t know much about him. I liked your song choice.

  2. My sister loved this song. It was never off the family record player.

  3. John Holton says:

    You had the same idea I did, to go with a Motown act that you wouldn’t figure was a Motown act. I think he recorded on Rare Earth records after a while. Good song choice!

  4. murisopsis says:

    A new song for me!

  5. Clive says:

    Great choice, Di. I almost went for this, but opted for Smokey instead. I always felt that Motown had no idea why they had signed this guy and didn’t know what to do with him!

  6. glyn40wilton says:

    It does seem a strange choice of song to be on the Motown label. A great song, none the less.

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