parlando playlist #13: the velvelettes ● needle in a haystack [1964]

Posted on September 29th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

The Velvelettes were a Motown girl group, not very successful but pretty good. Eventually two songs were dark-horse sort-of hits, for lovers of dark-horse sort-of hits. The second one, "He Was Really Sayin' Somethin' ", was covered by Bananarama (and Fun Boy Three; FB3 was sometimes given cover credit and sometimes not) and was a minor hit* (with the title truncated and g's formally restored as "Really Saying Something")**.

This is not either one (nor the covers of "[He Was] Really Sayin[g] Somethin[g]" by Buffalo G nor Shakespears Sister, by the way), but the earlier "Needle in a Haystack" (by the Velvelettes, if you've lost track), which went to #45 in the Hot 100 in 1964.*** (Written by Norman Whitfield and William Stevenson, produced by Norman Whitfield.)
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* A major hit in Britain (number 5).
** The b-side was "Give Us Back Our Cheap Fares". Well, why not?
*** "He Was Really Sayin' Somethin' " went to #64. Aren't you glad you know?

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6 comments.

Luke McGuff

Comment on September 30th, 2013.

This one's a lot of fun!

(I'm catching up on parlando music posts, so you might get random comments on progressively older posts for a bit. ;>)

Scraps

Comment on September 30th, 2013.

It's true!

Really, I don't understand why it wasn't a hit. I mean, sure 1964 was the year of the Beatles, but even so Motown carried on like the British Invasion wasn't there.

Luke McGuff

Comment on October 1st, 2013.

Here is a big Velvelettes playlist on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-zcfKP-ENirtmlQPuowiKog3sFOQoye0

Scraps

Comment on October 1st, 2013.

Whoa!

Thanks! I've just started the playlist....

Gavin

Comment on October 5th, 2013.

It's amazing how much (great) Motown there was beyond the hits.

Scraps

Comment on October 5th, 2013.

Even languishing on a shelf, until released thirty years later, and that's sometimes great! Whole albums, too!

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