The Miracles – Yester Love (1968) Peaked #31 Billboard Hot 100 (stayed on chart 8 weeks Summer 1968), #66 Cash Box Top 100 of 1968
This song, composed by Smokey Robinson and Al Cleveland, is on one of the many, many 45 rpms I would purchase with my allowance every Tuesday as a pre-teen (called tween now eh?) and young teenager.
I was trying to decide what Miracles cut to post about and I guess I picked this one because I couldn’t find the disk after going through two boxes of vinyl and I really wanted to hear it. But I am gonna keep looking.
While going through the boxes I realized that I knew every song on every record — both A and B side. This was called the A side of this particular disk as I recall. But as far as I am concerned, every song on the “Special Occasion” Lp was A plus material. That was the genius of Motown in that what they considered B was always A in my book. Just as most of the great music in the vault was worthy of release!
As you probably know , The Classic Miracles were: Smokey Robinson on lead vocals; Ronnie White, Bobby Rogers, Warren “Pete” Moore and Claudette Robinson on background vocals; and Marv Tarplin on guitar. And yes the guitar is an integral part of every Miracles song: I mean come on and LISTEN to this man play! Pure genius! Genius! His licks are priceless. I had to listen to the song about ten times grooving on the guitar before I could finish up this post!
Please enjoy this great cut by this awesome group and tell a friend so that we can keep the music of Motown alive forever and ever! Amen.