Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: The Temptations and Diana Ross & The Supremes, "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"

Yes, I got the memo: today’s theme is "duets," and there are five Temptations and three Supremes. But really, Eddie Kendricks from The Temptations and Diana Ross from The Supremes are the primary singers here, and even if Otis Williams speaks a line or two in the middle, it’s still essentially a duet. I’m going with it.

"I’m Gonna Make You Love Me" was written by Jerry Ross and Kenny Gamble; sometimes Leon Huff gets a credit, other times Jerry Williams does. It was originally done by Jay and the Techniques, and later by Dee Dee Warwick. This is probably the best-known version, taken from the 1968 album Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations, an album that reached #2 overall in the US and #1 on the R&B chart and in the UK. The single came out in 1969 and went to #2 on both the Hot 100 and R&B chart and #3 in the UK. As mentioned previously, Eddie Kendricks and Diana Ross do the duet, with the remaining Temptations (David Ruffin, Melvin Franklin, Otis Williams and Paul Williams) and Supremes (Florence Ballard and Cindy Birdsong) singing backup. The record was produced by Frank Wilson and Nickolas Ashford.

davidhertzberg1, who posted the song, also posted the lyrics:

Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh,
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh

(Eddie) I’m gonna do all the things for you
A girl wants a man to do, oh baby

I’ll sacrifice for you
I’ll even do wrong for you, oh baby

Every minute, every hour
I’m gonna shower you with love and affection
Look out it’s comin in your direction

And I’m gonna make you love me
oh, yes i will yes i will
i’m gonna make you love me
oh, yes i will yes i will

(Diana) Lookey here….
My love is strong you see
I know you’ll never get tired of me
Oh baby (sure won’t)

I’m gonna use every trick in the book
I’ll try my best to get you hooked
Hey baby (Take me, I’m yours)

And every night, every day
I’m gonna say
Ii’m gonna get ya, I’m gonna get ya
Look out boy cause I’m gonna get ya

I’m gonna make you love me
Ooh yes I will,
Yes I will
I’m gonna make you love me
Ooh yes I will
Yes i will (You know I will)

(Diana) Every breath I take
And each and every step I make
Brings me closer baby, closer to you

(Otis) And with each beat of my heart
For every day we’re apart
I hunger for every wasted hour

(Eddie) ………..And oh
Every night
And every day
I’m gonna get ya, I’m gonna get ya
Look out cause
I’m gonna get ya

I’m gonna make you love me
Ooh yes I will,
Yes I will
I’m gonna make you love me
Ooh yes I will

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for January 26, 2020.

No, Thank You #socs #JusJoJan

I’ve set up the AT&T app that sends any call not from someone in my contacts list to my voice mail, and as a result I get virtually no phone calls. I kind of miss Robotween, who I talked about here and here, but not that much.

My last call was from a company that works with the insurance company that does my Medicare Advantage plan. They call every year and offer to come to my house and do a "healthy home" evaluation, and every year I turn them down. The way I see it, they don’t offer anything I can’t figure out for myself and deal with the insurance company directly to obtain. Ostensibly the information on all of the insurance company’s programs and benefits is available either on the web or in the documents they send every year, and I can read that and make my decisions accordingly. And if it isn’t there, it should be.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. During January, it’s also part of Just Jot It January, another Linda Hill blog hop.

And now a word about the great taste of Michelob.

Song of the Day: Bebel Gilberto, "Aganju"

Bebel Gilberto, as you might expect, is the daughter of João Gilberto and his second wife, Brazilian singer Miúcha. When her parents separated, Bebel split her time between Rio de Janiero and New York, where she was born. "Aganjau" is from her eponymous 2004 album, which was #1 on Billboard‘s list of World albums that year. Discogs calls the album a mix of bossa nova, future jazz, downtempo, and easy listenin.

The Friday 5×2: Radio Veronica, 1/23/65

Radio Veronica has been featured many times here, and this is another one. Here’s their Top 10 from 55 years ago yesterday.

  1. Julie Rogers, “The Wedding” One of those songs I guess I should remember, because it went to #10 in the US and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, but I can’t say that I’m familiar with it. It went to #3 in the UK and #1 in Australia.
  2. The Supremes, “Baby Love” Written and produced by the Holland-Dozier-Holland team, it was their followup to “Where Did Our Love Go.” Check the hair on Diana Ross; it looks like she’s struggling to keep her head up. It went to #1 in the US and UK as well as #1 on the R&B chart.
  3. Roy Orbison, “Oh, Pretty Woman” We’ve talked about this one a lot, so let me just refresh you: It was Roy’s second #1 hit, spent three weeks atop the chart, and ultimately sold 7 million copies worldwide.
  4. Chubby Checker, “Lovely Lovely” A non-album track for Chubby that only reached #70 in the US. By this time he was starting to slide off the charts in the US as the British Invasion took hold.
  5. Willeke Alberti, “Mijn Dagboek” I haven’t been able to find much about Ms. Alberti other than she’s an actress and a singer, she’s been married three times, and is something of a gay icon, probably in the same way Judy Garland has become one. You probably already fiugured out that “Mijn Dagboek” is “My Diary” in English.
  6. Rolling Stone, “Little Red Rooster” British blues in its rawest form. The song is by Willie Dixon (though apparently cobbled together from a number of country blues tunes), Brian Jones plays some excellent slide guitar, and Mick Jagger acquits himself nicely on harmonica. The song reached #1 in the UK but was banned from the radio in the US because of its “sexual connotations.”
  7. Cliff Richard & The Shadows, “I Could Easily Fall” Cliff Richard is a huge star in the UK but hardly even heard of in the US. This was a Top 10 hit in the UK (#6), Australia (#9), Ireland (#8), The Netherlands and Sweden (both #3), and New Zealand (#6).
  8. Petula Clark, “Downtown” Well into her 80’s and showing no signs of slowing down. This reached #2 in the UK and Ireland and #1 in most of the rest of the world. She also did French (#6), German (#1), and Italian (#1) versions that were well received.
  9. Lucille Starr, “The French Song” Lucille Starr is a French Canadian country singer from Manitoba who’s best known for “Quand Le Soleil Dit Bonjour Aux Montagnes” (“When The Sun Says Hello To The Mountains”), better known as “The French Song.” She’s also an expert yodeler, and dubbed the voice of Cousin Pearl (Bea Benadaret) in an episode of The Beverly Hillbillies that I just saw earlier this week. Small world…
  10. The Beatles, “I Feel Fine” A non-album single in the UK, this and its flipside, “She’s A Woman,” were included in the Capitol release Beatles ’65 in the US.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for January 24, 2020.