Motown: Holland–Dozier–Holland: selected songs, 1963
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Selected Holland—Dozier–Holland biographies:
All songs featured in this page were written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Edward Holland, Jr. (Holland–Dozier–Holland), unless noted otherwise. Lyrics are by Edward Holland, Jr. (Eddie) unless otherwise indicated. All recordings featured in this page were produced by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier.
Locking Up My Heart
The Marvelettes — single b/w Forever, Tamla label (T-54077), released 15 February 1963. It was the first charting (#44, Hot 100) single written and produced by Motown’s main creative team Holland–Dozier–Holland. Lead vocals by Gladys Horton and Wanda Young. Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers
Forever (Holland–Gorman–Dozier) — The Marvelettes — B-side of the single Locking Up My Heart (T-54077); drawn from the 1962 album Playboy
Come and Get These Memories
Martha and The Vandellas — Recorded in 1962 at Motown’s Hitsville USA (Studio A) and released in February 1963 b/w Jealous Lover as Gordy 7014.
It was the second single released by the group under Motown’s Gordy Records subsidiary, and their first to break into the top forty singles charts, reaching #29 Hot 100, and #6 R&B.
“Memories” is also notable as the first hit recording written and produced by the songwriting/production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, who would become the top creative team at Motown by the end of 1965. The single was the first of several hits the Vandellas scored with the team, before Holland-Dozier-Holland began to focus more heavily on hits for The Supremes and the Four Tops. However, Holland–Dozier–Holland would continue to collaborate with the Vandellas until the songwriting team’s departure from Motown in 1967.
(Love is Like a) Heat Wave
Martha and The Vandellas — Gordy label single G-7022 b/w A Love Like Yours (Don’t Come Knocking Everyday) released 9 July 1963.
The single was a breakthrough hit, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at #1 on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart. It also garnered the group’s only Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for 1964, making The Vandellas the first Motown group ever to receive a Grammy Award Nomination.
Mickey’s Monkey (Holland–Dozier) Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier
The Miracles — single Tamla 54083, b/w Whatever Makes You Happy (Ronald White, Smokey Robinson); peak chart positions: #8 Hot 100, #3 R&B.
A comical story about “A cat named Mickey from out of town” who “spread his new dance all around”, this song helped popularize “The Monkey” as a national dance craze in the early 1960s. In the Motown DVD release, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: The Definitive Performances, Smokey exclaimed that this song began when he spotted Lamont Dozier playing the song’s initial chords on the piano at the Motown studios one day.
“Mickey’s Monkey”, in addition to The Miracles, also featured background vocals by Mary Wilson of The Supremes, famed Detroit Dee Jay “Jockey Jack” Gibson, Martha & The Vandellas, and members of The Temptations and The Marvelettes. One of the most famous of the early Motown hits, The Miracles often used “Mickey’s Monkey” as their closing song on the legendary “Motortown Revue” touring shows in the early 1960s, a song that usually “brought the house down”.
A lip sync performance for Hollywood A Go-Go, season 2, episode 12, airdate: 20 November 1965
When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes
The Supremes — Single Motown 1051, b/w Standing at the Crossroads of Love, released 31 October 1963; peak chart positions: #23 Billboard Hot 100, #2 Cashbox R&B
It is notable as the Supremes’ first Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 recording, following seven previous singles between January 1961 and September 1963 which failed to enter the Top 40. The single is also notable as the first Supremes single written and produced by Holland–Dozier–Holland, who had previously created hits for Martha and the Vandellas and Mary Wells.
Martha & The Vandellas — Gordy label single G 7025, b/w Darling, I Hum Our Song (B. Holland — L. Dozier)
Marvin Gaye — Tamla single T-54087 b/w I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby (William Stevenson), released September 1963 (#22)
The [recording] featured Gaye on piano, playing a boogie pattern, The Funk Brothers, and members of The Supremes in the background accompanying Gaye. The song became a hit in both the U.S. and the United Kingdom, and British musicians Lulu, Dusty Springfield, The Rolling Stones, Sam Brown and Steampacket (which featured a very young Rod Stewart) recorded cover versions of the song. Gaye’s version peaked at #22 on the Hot 100 chart and its title soon became a catchphrase.