This is the original version of a fabulous song composed by Clarence Paul, Morris Broadnax and a teenaged Stevie Wonder in 1966. The song was then first recorded by Terrell — but then sat in the infamous “Motown Vault” until it was released on the wonderful UK compilation “A Cellarful Of Motown!” in 2002.
Once again another under-rated and under utilized songstress on the Motown label recorded “All I Do” and her version *also* sat in the “Motown Vault” until the 2005 release “Brenda Holloway: Anthology” compilation.
Sometimes it is just hard to fathom why so much great music went unreleased and then undiscovered for such a very long time. Also makes me ponder how many other great artists’ careers were stalled by the Motown machine at the expense of a few (or one as the case may be). Last but not least this all causes me to ponder whether or not Mr. Gordy was the great know all and be all he is made out to be in the annals of music history (no disrespect of his accomplishments is intended – just an opinion).
Wonder finally covered the song he co-wrote in 1980 for inclusion on the hit release “Hotter Than July”. This set charted #1 USA R&B for thirteen weeks, #2 UK and #3 USA Pop. It was another Wonder classic that you could put on the turntable and just let both sides play over and over again.
Now, of course, I want to know which of the 3 versions you prefer.