I remember playing this Gordy 45 rpm over and over and over again on my grey and white record player. In fact I still have the record!
The day I first heard it was the day that I purchased the “Get Ready” Single, the last song Smokey Robinson wrote and produced for The Temptations. Of course before I played it I flipped it over to hear the B-Side: this was my habit because some of my most favorite songs were to be found on B-sides that often NEVER made it to LPs. Beside as a tween I didn’t always have LP money, but I always could scrounge up change to purchase a 45.
Anyway, I played “Fading Away,” the B-Side to “Getting Ready,” over and over and over again and just sat their swooning at Eddie’s voice imagining how it would be when I grew up and met and finally married him (ROTFLOL).
This sweet, sweet ballad was composed by three of Motown’ s own “Miracles” — Warren “Pete” Moore, Smokey Robinson and Robert “Bobby” Rogers.
Oh well it kept me off of the streets!
This Motown cover is another of those on the one and only Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers Motown Album. I do enjoy the harmonizing at the hook that is different from the Temptations original, but all in all no one can do it like those Tempting Temptations.
So which version is your favorite?