Friday, June 23, 2017

MOTOWN: DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES AND THE TEMPTATIONS - I'M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME

Motown loved - besides recording the same hits by various artists - to pair their star acts and one of the most succesful and obvious pairing was that of their best selling female and male groups: The Supremes and The Temptations. The Supremes by now had become Diana Ross & The Supremes underlining Diana's Queen like status in the music business and inside Motown.
I'm gonna make you love me features some most urgent falsetto vocals ever and is so full of passion and need you believe every word. Outstanding in every way! It peaked at #2 (behind another Motown act, Marvin Gaye's Grapewine btw) and #3 in the UK in late 1968. Curiously they never performed it live together..... Diana sung it with Stevie Wonder, The Temps did it alone, 

The song was originally recorded and #88 hit by Dee Dee Warwick (Dionne's sister, Cissy's niece and Whitney's cousin, btw) in 1966. It was also offered to Dusty Springfield who passed it on to her backing singer Madeline Bell who scored a #26 hit with it. Dusty sings backing vocals on it though as you can clearly hear! Cadet Complet had a third recording of it before the Motown dream team. 
Other covers include never released Celine DionPlay, Michael McDonald, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Russ, Mica Paris, Renee Geyer & CDB and many others

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