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Motown Monday ~ “Wait A Minute” ~ Tim Tam and The Turn-Ons

Tim Tam and The Turn-Ons

 

This was the biggest hit for Palmer Records 3401 Lyndon Detroit, Mi.

All the singers were Allen Park high school buddies. Rick, brother Danny and friends would practice their vocals in their parent’s basement. With his blazing falsetto he helped to groom the rest of the singers harmonies. And where the group name came from I love the best, taken from the 1958 Kentucky Derby winner Tim Tam. How could they have not been a winner.

Tom DeAngelis who also graduated from APHS and would go on to disc jockey at WKNR & CKLW (aka later on as Johnny Williams) would become their manager and help to write this song and their follow-up hit “Cheryl Anne”.

“Wait A Minute” hit Detroit’s airwaves in Dec. 1965 and quickly became a hit soaring to #2 even before it got released nationally two months later where it would also score big to the top 10.

The musicians backing them also APHS classmates “The Satellites” (The band won WXYZ-TV’s Talent Town competition, hosted by Rita Bell) all sounded stellar. They changed their name to The Blue Feeling by 68′.

Just another taste of Detroit’s 60s Garage Rock at its best.

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Motown Monday ~ “You’re Baby’s Back” ~ Downbeats

This is Vintage Early Motown featuring a group that would actually become the Elgins but not of The Temptations variety. This group of guys prior also sang as the Sensations and the Five Emeralds.

Starting out in the early-mid 50s with various different changes in lines ups it would be Norman McLean & Johnny Dawson that started and would continue on to 1961 when they finally ended up on Berry Gordy’s Tamla label recording only two songs that would be released as A & B sides.

“Request Of A Fool” recorded in Sept. of 1961 then two months later with “You’re Baby’s Back”, released in 62′. They recorded 13 more songs until 1964 but none of them saw the light of day. More line up changes would come as they would add Saundra Mallet before they finally had more releases as The Elgins in 66′.

This was the Doo-Wop era.

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Motown Monday ~ “Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go” ~ Hank Ballard and The Midnighters

Written by Hank Ballard
Released 1960
#1 on US R&B & #6 US Pop

John Henry Kendricks was born in Detroit in 1927 and returned here in his mid-teens after his Dad died. Song writer/guitarist Alonzo Tucker founded the group and after a long string of hits both as The Royals (1952) then The Midnighters, in 1961 they had two songs in the top 10, Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go & Finger Poppin Time which was nominated for a Grammy.

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Motown Monday ~ The Way You Dog Me Around ~ The Diablos featuring Nolan Strong

Before there was even a “Motown”.

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Motown Monday ~ Marv Johnson ~ Come To Me

Written by Marv Johnson & Berry Gordy Jr.

Released in May 1959.

You are hearing the very first single that ever came out of ” Motown” released on Tamla Label. It was a Midwest hit but because the label was still a local company just starting out Gordy sold the rights of the song to United Artists so it could be distributed nationally. And it indeed become a national #30 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and # 3 on the national R&B chart by early 1960.

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Motown’s The Marvelettes Singer Gladys Horton Dies

Co-founder of Marvelettes helped usher in girl group era

 

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