#6 R&B, #15 Pop, #8 UK
Of the many popular covers of this classic Motown/Holland/Dozier/Holland track — Donnie Elbert’s 1971 hit is my favorite. In fact I might even like it better than the Supremes original rendition! It did pretty well on the charts (1971) too so I wasn’t alone in my love of this rendition. Elbert loved the Motown sound and he emulated it – and yet made it more “funky.” It’s a great sound to my ears.
Elbert began his music career singing R&B in the late fifties in a group and then solo — singing lots of cover renditions. “Where Did Our Love go was his biggest hit here Stateside making him pretty much a “One Hit Wonder.”
Elbert’s career fared better in the UK. After suffering a massive stroke in 1989, Elbert died far too soon at aged 53, as a result. “WDOLG” will be his lasting musical legacy IMHO.
#1 R&B, #1 Pop
The original rendition of “Where Did Our Love Go” is know to one and all. I wasn’t even going to post the original, but then decided I wouldn’t be doing the right thing by depriving you, the readers and listeners, of hearing it just one more time! So here are “The Girls” (as Ed Sullivan called them) performing “WDOLG,” — one of there three in a row #1 hits from 1964!
I wonder what would have happened if The Marvelettes sang this song as originally intended by the writers Motown? Once the song was then given to the Supremes, I wonder what would have happened of Mary Wilson sang lead as originally intended? Lots of questions but things turned out the way they should have! They generally do. Or don’t they?
TRIVIA!: This song had become so much of the American culture that one of the Fab Four himself, Ringo Starr, covered WDOLG of his 1981 LP release entitled “Bad Boy” (#129). Unless you were a Ringo stan you probably didn’t know that! Or did you? (LOL)
Almost forgot …anyone else prefer Elbert’s cover to the Supremes original? Please share you feelings by voting.
- Motown Monday ~ “Open the Door to Your Heart” ~ Darrell Banks (longshotsblues.wordpress.com)
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