Martha & The Vandellas “Can’t Break The Habit” (1965, Unreleased. From Never Released Masters From Motown’s Brightest Stars, 1986)

Martha & The Vandellas “Can’t Break The Habit” (1965, Unreleased. From Never Released Masters From Motown’s Brightest Stars, 1986) We’re finishing our Vacation to 1965 through the feminine eye just in time to celebrate Martha Reeves’s 74th Birthday. And who wouldn’t want to end the trip in Motown Studio A, Circa 1965 with the latest…

Anna King “Sally” (End 1126-B, 1965)

Anna King “Sally” (End 1126-B, 1965) Dusty bins are packed with 45rpm singles where the B-side is far superior than the A side that was played for radio audiences. And Anna King’s last single effort is one of those perplexing affairs. Of course, given the time, the answer record A-side “Mama’s Got A Bag Of…

Ortheia Barnes “Waiting For Joey” (Coral 62529-B, 1967)

Ortheia Barnes “Waiting For Joey” (Coral 62529-B, 1967) She’ll never be as well known as BB King, but one of the many bright lights in Detroit’s Soul heyday of the 1960’s has taken her final bow in front of the lights. Although Orethia’s output during the decade isn’t as robust as many of her friends…

The Radiants “The Clown Is Clever” (Chess 2021, 1967)

The Radiants “The Clown Is Clever” (Chess 2021, 1967) In a long line of declarative gems, you’d think The Radiants would be a bit better known beyond their few entries into the Billboard Hot 100. Alas, for whatever reason they could never break through in a huge way like The Impressions or The Dells did….

Mable John “Bigger & Better” (Stax 215-B, 1967)

Mable John “Bigger & Better” (Stax 215-B, 1967) She was the first woman signed to Motown, who at her Saturn Return following her brother Little Willie John to secular music has made history for 60 years. She’s Mable John. At 84 years old she still gives you all of herself as a performer and more….