“Love is Strange” Performed by Mickey & Sylvia (1957)

April 30, 2008


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You just gotta love this song. If you have never heard it before just take a listen and you will be hooked.

This innovative and often covered song, composed by Bo Diddley (but credited to his then wife, Ethel Smith) and guitarist Jody Williams, was first recorded by Mickey “Guitar” Baker and Sylvia Vanderpool Robinson. Sylvia was Mickey’s guitar student.

The details of the song are clearly outlined in the songs’ own WIKI Page.

“Love is Strange” went to #1 on the R&B Charts and #11 on the Pop Charts. Mickey & Sylvia continued to record up until 1965 but never had another top 40 hit.

Mickey continued in a career as a studio musician and Sylvia had a solo hit in 1973 with “Pillow Talk” (Remember that one Boomers?: this was heavy breathing BEFORE Donna Summer :-D ) and co-founded the first Rap Label – “Sugar Hill Records”.

Love Is Strange Composed By Bo Diddley and Jody Williams

Love, love is strange
Lot of people take it for a game
Once you get it
You’ll never wanna quit (no, no)
After you’ve had it (yeah, yeah)
You’re in an awful fix
Many people
Don’t understand (no, no)
They think loving (yeah, yeah)
Is money in the hand
Your sweet loving
Is better than a kiss
When you leave me
Sweet kisses I miss

[MICKEY:]
Silvia…

[SILVIA:]
Yes Mickey?

[MICKEY:]
How do you call your loverboy?

[SILVIA:]
Come ‘ere loverboy!!

[MICKEY:]
And if he doesnt answer?

[SILVIA:]
Ohh loverboy!

[MICKEY:]
And if he STILL doesnt answer?

[SILVIA:]
I simply say
Baby,
Oohh baby
My sweet baby
You’re the one

[TOGETHER:]
Baby,
Oohh baby
My sweet baby
You’re the one

Sylvia Robinson Trivia: She wrote “Pillow Talk” for Al Green but he turned the song down! (Source)

Thanks for stopping by to hear the music.

Musically Yours,

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1 Martin Lichtenstein February 28, 2009 at 12:55 am

I was certain Mickey and Sylvia had another hit in the 50′s besides Love is Strange. Wikipedia says that was the only song that made it to the top 20, but I can find no others. Any clues out there?
Regards,
Marty

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2 sondan March 2, 2009 at 1:23 am

Hi Martin,

Mickey and Sylvia had hits with both 1957′s “There Oughta Be A Law” and 1961′s “Baby You’re So Fine.” The former peaked at #8 R&B and #47 Pop while the latter peaked #27 R&B – #52 Pop. But you are so right in saying that they seemed to only be remember for the highest charting hit “Love is Strange.”

Personally I like all three of the songs.

Thank you for checking in. Hope to see more of you.

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