The Boss” is a 1979 disco song written and produced by Ashford & Simpson and recorded by singer Diana Ross, who released it as a single on the Motown label. It was the first release from the album of the same title (1979).
“You Are the Sunshine of My Life” is a 1973 single released by Stevie Wonder. The song became Wonder’s third number-one single on the BillboardHot 100 chart and his first number-one on the Easy Listening chart. It won Wonder a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, and was nominated for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year. This song was the second single released from the 1972 album entitled Talking Book, which stayed at number one on the R&B charts for three weeks.
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That’s the Way Love Is is the tenth studio album by soul musician Marvin Gaye, released on January 8, 1970, on the Tamla (Motown) label. Built on the success of the title track (#7 US Pop, #2 US R&B in late 1969) originally taken from M.P.G., and much like Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” after its success, was released with intent to sell albums based on the success of one particular single (a Motown trademark). Gaye was showing signs of disillusionment from the label’s powers-that-be mentality but it didn’t affect the singer’s performance as he gave a powerful vocal in the title track and was especially impressive with his version of The Beatles’ “Yesterday”. He achieved some success with a cover version of “How Can I Forget?” (originally recorded by The Temptations), which just missed out on the US Pop Top 40, making #41, and reached #18 on the R&B Charts. It’s B-Side, a cover of Jimmy Ruffin’s “Gonna Give Her All the Love I’ve Got”, made a separate chart entry, and peaked at #67 and #27 on the Pop and Soul Charts respectively. Gaye also recorded a version of Ruffin’s “Don’t You Miss Me a Little Bit Baby” for the album. The LP also features Gaye’s rendition of the socially conscious tune “Abraham, Martin & John”, which became a hit in the UK, peaking at #9 in June 1970. The single (and that of his duet single with Tammi Terrell titled “The Onion Song”) is widely regarded as a hint of what would follow a year later with his What’s Going On. He also covered The Temptations’ hits “I Wish It Would Rain” and “Cloud Nine”.
“Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” is a 1968 single released by AmericanR&B/soul duo Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, on the Tamla label in 1968. The B-side of the single is “Little Ole Boy, Little Ole Girl” from the duo’s United LP. The first release off the duo’s second album: You’re All I Need, the song – written and produced by regular Gaye/Terrell collaborators Ashford & Simpson – became a hit within weeks of release eventually peaking at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the Hot Soul Singles chart, the first of the duo’s s two number 1 R&B hits. In the UK “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” reached number 34.
“My Baby Loves Me” is a 1966 soulstandard by Martha Reeves but released under Martha and The Vandellas. None of the Vandellas are featured in this song. Instead, the background is sung by Motown’s session group, The Andantes, and another legendary Motown group, The Four Tops. Co-written (with Sylvia Moy) and co-produced by William “Mickey” Stevenson& Ivy Jo Hunter, the song rose to #22 on Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and #3 on Billboard’s Hot R&B singles chart.
The song has the narrator sing of her lover and how much he loves and needs her. Reeves often refers to it as her favorite of all of her recordings. While it didn’t appear on her group’s regular studio albums, it would be put on their Greatest Hits album.
Fellow Chicago-based, ’60s-era girl group The Lovelites covered the song in the late 1960s. In 1973, Barry Manilowrecorded a version on Barry Manilow II. Los Angeles-based singer Leda Grace did a sound-alike version, produced by Randy Jackson. San Francisco-based gospel group The Stovall Sisters did a gospel version, and Aretha Franklin has performed it in concert.
Over the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and fourteen R&B number-one singles, and their material has earned them three Grammy Awards. The Temptations were the first Motown recording act to win a Grammy Award – for “Cloud Nine” in 1969 – and in 2013 received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Six of the Temptations (Edwards, Franklin, Kendricks, Ruffin, Otis Williams and Paul Williams) were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Three classic Temptations songs, “My Girl”, “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)”, and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”, are among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The Temptations were also ranked at number 68 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of all time.
“The Happening” is a 1967 song recorded by Motown artists The Supremes. The song served as the theme song of the 1967 Columbia Pictures film The Happening, and was released as a single by Motown at the time of the film’s release that spring. While the movie flopped, the song peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in May,becoming The Supremes’ tenth number-one single in the United States,peaking in the top 10 on the UK Pop Chart at number six, and in the top 5 in the Australian Pop Chart and in the Dutch Pop Chart.