“Hum Along and Dance” Performed by The Temptations (1970), Rare Earth (1973) & The Jackson Five (1973)

May 27, 2010


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#8 R&B

“Hum Along and Dance” is another smash from the minds of the songwriting team Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield.  It appeared on  the Tempting Temptations 1970 hit LP “Psychedelic Shack.” (#1 R&B & #9 Pop).

The original tune was 3 minutes and 52 seconds long making it a very long song for the era. I consider this song  the writing duo’s precursor to “Smiling Faces.”

Please listen and enjoy.

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#95 R&B

Rare Earth’s 5 minute and 19 second version of “Hum Along and Dance” comes from their 1973 release “MA.”   Take a listen to this even longer version of this classic.

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The Jackson 5′s  8 minutes and 37 second version appeared on their 1973 LP “Get It Together.”  “GIT” was the J5′s second album release of 1973 (September): they had released “Skywriter” earlier that year in March.  Like the entire LP, “HAaD” was an awesome  track — but even better is the 15 minute and 7 second extended version. This one is here for your listening pleasure: it was one of the bonus cuts on my “Joyful Jukebox Music” re-issue CD.

This version is tops IMHO!

Now that you have seen this vintage J5 performance of “HAaD” with the handsome Jackie Jackson doing Eddie Kendricks’ high tenor lead part, vote for your favorite here and now. Be sure to leave comments as to why you prefer one rendition over the other.

Musically Yours,

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