Song of the Day: The Miracles, “Shop Around” #rmf

This was significant for a number of reasons: It was the first #1 for Tamla Records (an imprint of Motown), and the first million-seller for both The Miracles and Motown. It was written by Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson and released in 1960. Two versions were recorded: this one and a slower, bluesier version that was intended for Detroit audiences only. I haven’t been able to find that one… It was covered by The Captain & Tennille in 1976 and it reached #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

9 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Miracles, “Shop Around” #rmf

  1. I was going to drop the link to the Detroit version, but I see Eugenia beat me to it. Another really fun song that I’ve always enjoyed.

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  2. Smokey is the greatest…him and Stevie Wonder are awesome and I would be awestruck to be in the same room as them. Smokey’s voice is so smooth.

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    1. I was at Newark Airport one evening and Stevie Wonder was in a gate adjacent to mine. I would have said hello, but he had a couple of big guys with him… Still, being that close was an experience, watching him interact with the people with him.

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      1. Yea I would imagine he would have some guys with him to filter people.
        I’ve seen a few famous people but never went up to them…. except when I got to shake Dawn Well’s hand when I was 9 or 10…didn’t wash that hand for a long time after that.

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