Sunday, April 17, 2011

"You Keep Me Hangin' On"

OK, back to the 60's: The working title for this '66 Holland/Dozier/Holland R&B classic was "Pay Back". It became The Supremes' 8th #1 hit. Dozier came up with the signature "stuttering" guitar line played by The Funk Brothers' Robert White after listening to the Morse code-like radio signal before news flashes. Also known for Diana Ross' poignant spoken line after the 2nd bridge. Vanilla Fudge's '67-'68 6:45 min. cover was recorded in one take (!), became their 1st single and peaked at #6. The ONLY song ever to be in the Top 40 by 4 different artists (Rod Stewart and Kim Wilde). Grammy Hall-of-Famer and #339 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Yesterday's answer: "Keep On Dancing" by The Gentrys.

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