“You Keep Me Hangin’ On” Performed By Vanilla Fudge (1967)

November 18, 2010

#67 Pop 1967,  #6 Pop 1968;

OMG this was one of my favorites as a teenager. I vividly recall being introduced to this song by an upper classman that I had a secret crush on. This is psychedelic Motown at its best and has got to be one of the very best (if not THE best) cover of a Motown tune by any artist of any genre IMO.

Composed for The Supremes by Motown’s premiere songwriting team of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”  was #1 on both the R&B and Pop charts in 1966.

The Fudge started out as the blue eyed soul cover band “Electric Pigeons” in Long Island, New York.  Eventually  Shadow Morton recorded the group’s cover of “YKMHO” and it got them  a record deal on the Atco subsidiary of the Atlantic label and the name change to Vanilla Fudge.

In 1967 the Fudge’s single only charted #67.  But after the sucess of their first LP release, Vanilla Fudge (1967),  and a re-release of the single, it zoomed up to #6 in 1968.

The band toured and continues to tour today in a different formulation.  But “You Keep Me Hangin’ On remains their first and last top ten hit.

Just wanted to close with a vintage visual of the Vanilla Fudge performing “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” for those of you who have never seen the group.  The audio isn’t as great as that provided above –  but I felt that this visual was needed to complete your psychedelic Motown flashback.

Musically Yours in Peace & Love,

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1 SupaStarry November 22, 2010 at 4:41 am

i love when artists flip a song and make it their own, i liked this! reminds me of this movie i was watching and a band slowed down I Will Survive, made it dark…i loved it!


2 SonDan November 22, 2010 at 10:35 pm

I’m with you on this one SupaS. Frankly I like this version better than the Supremes’ version. It’s more soulful.
BTW in case we don’t talk before Thursday I am wishing you and your loved ones a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.



3 SupaStarry December 2, 2010 at 5:30 am

Im so late but Thank You and i hope you had a great Thanksgiving too!


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