"Needle in a Haystack" Performed by The Velvelettes (1964)

May 30, 2008


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#45 R&B, #45 Pop

I vividly recall seeing the Blossoms perform this great song on Shindig. This is my first recollection of the song, but I knew it sounded like a Motown song. It wasn’t until many years later that I found out the the song belonged to The Velvelettes. (BTW Darlene Love can sing anything! Can’t she? That woman should be a superstar!)

The Velvelettes obviously are another of the super talented Motown groups that would probably have had much more attention and success if they had left the label as did The Isley Brothers and Gladys Knight and the Pips.

Unfortunately The Velvelettes only did a few singles for Motown in the Sixties with the most memorable being “Needle” and “He Was Really Saying Something”. Shamefully, an album was never released on them.

The single “Needle” only charted at #45 — obviously with no promotion. Imagine what these ladies could have done it they had been promoted even just a little.

In 2005 The Velvelettes reunited for this performance.  It is amazing that over forty years later they sound just as great singing the song as they did back in 1964!

Thanks for stopping by and keep enjoying the music.

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Filed under:Girl Groups,Motown/VIP,Needle in A Haystack,Pop/R&B,Sixties,The Velvelettes,William "Mickey" Stevenson & Norman Whitfield

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