Written by Smokey Robinson
Released in 1963
Mary had 10 consecutive #1 hits between 1962-63, this should have been number 11.
There is something about this song that puts a smile on my face but in reality every early Motown song does that. A classic period and a classy singer who started off the very long ride Motown had.
Laughing Boy also made you appreciate the Muse behind the singers with Ivory Joe Hunter’s piano, James Jamerson’s bass and the beat of William “Benny” Benjamin’s drums. Music never had it so good.
It’s too bad Berry Gordy dumped on every single one of them. He may have forgotten his roots, but we in Detroit never will forget who made who the money. Not one single artist should have died broke or without the spotlight.
You are listening to the real stars behind the label, it is their sound, soul & memory that will live on forever.
Mary Wells – lead vocal
The Andantes and The Love Tones – background vocals
The Funk Brothers – instrumentation