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When those of us who lived through the 1960's think about the music of the era, we tend to think of the British Invasion. That was, certainly, a major influence. But right here, in the USA, the performers who were competing the best with the Brits were the soul or R&B artists. Detroit was the dominant force in American music. The motor city was making vinyl along with cars.
One of the most long enduring, and best ever, of the soul hits topped the R&B charts at the end of January 1965. It hit #1 on the pop charts a month later, in early March.
This song, according to Billboard, earns the distinction of being the "first" ever #1 hit in their officially published book of R&B chart hits. Sure, there was soul music prior to 1965, but the so-called charts, Billboard states, were loosely run affairs often consisting of hits that were not even soul music or they were otherwise inappropriate. Heck, the Chipmunks had, previously, had a #1 R&B hit.
So, according to Billboard, once they got serious about the R&B charts, the first credible #1 on their new and revitalized chart was this classic hit that is the feature of today's post.
This tune has a number of distinctions -- written by Smokey Robinson and it became his signature song; first lead vocal by a performer named David Ruffin who would become a legend; strings (Detroit Symphony Orchestra) backing-up an R&B song.
You know the routine, to be taken back in time to see the original artists perform their original hit, you will first need to change channels. Turn off Lucille Ball, by clicking on the TV set, and you will hear one of the most popular and famous songs ever recorded. It has been featured, as sound track material, in any number of movies. In fact one movie, popular when my daughter was a kid, was named after this very song.
Check out "This Day In History" -- music and vintage television from the 1950's through the 1980's. I enjoy writing these articles because they take me back to my days in radio broadcasting. Click on Elvis' gold record, below, to revisit those golden hits of yesteryear.
Steven L. Smith, King of the House Home Inspection, provides information for real estate buyers, sellers and real estate industry professionals.
Blog posts emphasize issues commonly found in Bellingham, WA and Whatcom County. Smith is Washington State Licensed Home inspector #207, a state licensed structural pest inspector and one of the most experienced inspectors in the northwest corner of the Pacific Northwest.
Steven L. Smith is lead instructor of home inspection at Bellingham Technical College and teaches classes for Washington State University and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Steve was a two-term member of the state licensing board.
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