the originals- we can make it baby





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Published on Sep 19, 2010

A song so beautiful, it almost hurts.

The Originals: C.P. Spencer. Walter Gaines. Freddie Gorman. Hank Dixon. A group that had more talent than maybe Motown could handle. Primarily it seems the Originals performed as many backing vocal sessions as the Andantes. In fact, on any Motown recording featuring male backing vocals, it was either the Spinners or the Originals doing them.

It wasn't lack of talent that kept these groups in the background, so to speak, but the hits weren't coming and Motown was focusing more on the proven acts at the time.

Here we find the group in the midst of their breakout period, after the huge success of "Baby I'm For Real." I'm not sure how anyone couldn't be moved by the fire and honey harmonies of the Originals on this recording. Even though this may not have been a big hit on the charts, its impact goes beyond and deeper than chart numbers. This is a song of so much power, love and beauty, the feeling lasts longer than many of the songs that have come and gone on the charts since then.

Written by none other than Mr. Marvin Gaye along with James Nyx and produced by Marvin Gaye- this continued the sweet harmonies that were heard on "Baby I'm For Real."

This one brings it all back for me: Summer vacation, hanging out with my brothers, cousin and friends. Soul Train, those Afro Sheen commercials and Saturday car rides, going out for ice cream after the folks (and we kids) finished with the household chores. The Brady Bunch, Partridge Family, That Girl, The Odd Couple and Love American Style on Friday Nights with the added treat of McDonalds being brought home by Dad.


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