#10 R&B, #10 Pop
Freddie Scott’s co-workers at Aldon Music (in the famous Don Krishner Brill Building), Gerry Goffin and Carole King, asked for his assistance on the song “Hey Girl” that they were composing with soul singer Chuck Jackson in mind. When Chuck Jackson missed the recording session Freddie sang the tune. When Colpix Records eventually released this recording – it became a top ten hit!
Say you are not familiar with Freddie Scott’s music career? Then please read Scott’s entry in the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Archive. This medical school drop-out had quite some life.
The Righteous Brothers covered “Hey Girl” on their 1966 LP release “Soul & Inspiration” on Verve Records. The duos’ soulful cover version appeared on this hit LP that charted #7 Pop and #18 R&B.
Both of these versions were great, and I can recall listening to them both – particularly Freddie Scott’s original – on my transistor radio late at night under the bed covers. But the best rendition of this classic Brill Building tune, IMHO, is the Temptations’ cover version that appeared on their smash hit LP (#1 R&B, #4 Pop) “Cloud Nine.” Released in February 1966, “Cloud Nine” contained the new “psychedelic soul” trend of music with tracks such as “Cloud Nine” and “Runaway Child”, but thank goodness it also contained some soulful love songs that were the stock and trade of my dear Temptations.
Also, now that David Ruffin was gone from the group — this LP took the Tempts back to swapping lead singers. New Temptation Dennis Edwards, Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams each took lead vocals on some songs, and on other songs the gents swapped leads.
I love this LP and to this day pop the CD in my car and let it play three times back to back on my commute to work, as I did just this past Friday prompting this post. I will never tire of the “Cloud Nine” CD.
Paul Williams’ lead on this “Hey Girl” cover is tremendous. I also prefer the up-tempo of this version as opposed to the slower original tempo. Of course that tambourine gives this cover that Motown sound that is impossible to resist.
As far as I know this cover was never released as a single (probably since it was not written in-house and published by Jobete) but it would have mos def topped the charts. What do you think?
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