1967…Living on the east side of Detroit and this blasting out of my little transistor radio on WKNR & CKLW.
Me and my 10-year-old friends loudly singing it and dancing to it. The much older teenagers going to The Hideout! in Harper Woods to see them perform this number among others. Obviously they heard it a lot louder. And Hideout had their own label which recorded The Underdogs for two years along with using Reprise for national distribution.
Released in 1964, third song out of 5 consecutive singles released to hit #1 on U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
Louvain Demps, Jackie Hicks and Marlene Barrow didn’t need Ann Bogan to sing lead on the only two singles Berry Gordy ever let this group record as a group.
They had more than enough talent to be one of the biggest acts to come out of “Motown” and Gordy knew it. So he again like he did with so many other artists literally held them back and put them in the back row with The Funk Brothers.
“Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)”
Written by Holland / Dozier / Holland
Released in 1965
Kim Weston – vocals
The Funk Brothers – music
Another powerful voice of Motown but you wouldn’t know it since this was another artist Berry Gordy just left on the shelf.
Kim Weston born Agatha Natalie Weston was signed by Motown in 1963.