“It’s Growing” Performed by The Temptations (1965), The Contours (1967) & Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers (1968)

May 10, 2010


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#3 R&B, #18 Pop

Composed by The Miracles’ members Warren “Pete” Moore and Smokey Robinson, “It’s Growing” comes from The Temptations’ second Motown  LP — “The Temptations Sing Smokey.” This LP topped the  R&B charts at #1 and was #35 on the Pop LP charts.

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Dennis Edwards joined the Contours in 1967 and sang lead on the group’s cover version of “It’s Growing.” This cover stayed buried in the “Motown Vault” until it surfaced on a British Budget compilation in the 70s.  I first heard it on another British Motown compilation that  I purchased decades later  entitled “Tamla Motown Connoisseurs.”

“It’s Growing” was the second song that The Temptations released featuring group member David Ruffin. How ironic that Edwards sang lead on this Temptations’ cover song as a member of the Contours and would eventually replace David Ruffin in the Temptations!

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Originally hailing from Canada, Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers were Motown’s first hit interracial group.  Their cover version of “It’s Growing” comes from their first and only Motown LP, pictured above.

You know the drill – time to vote for your favorite Motown rendition of “It’s Growing.” Which is your favorite? Leave comments and let us know why.

Musically Yours,

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1 SupaStarry May 12, 2010 at 8:48 pm

oh lol i will have to be biased this whole month because you kno i love The Tempts!! lol i love Dennis but i have to pic David’s version.

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2 SonDan May 12, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I haven’t voted yet but of course even though my intent is to be impartial – I am gonna be biased towards any group that contains the late great “Cornbread.” ROTFLOL. Dennis did do a good job with the song though, didn’t he Supa? ;-)

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3 SupaStarry June 4, 2010 at 11:00 am

i feel the same way with Paul LOL and Dennis is great!

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