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tsull (tsull)
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Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 9:41 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I really like the Barbara Lewis song, "Hello Stranger," which Barbara wrote. Her version is excellent. It's one of those songs, however, that is so well-written, that it sounds good by whomever sings it.

Yesterday, I heard the fantastic Yvonne Elliman (whatever happened to her?) version.

And last year I heard for the first time a great duet version of the tune sung by Diana Ross and Levi Stubbs, it's actually my favorite version of the tune.

Anyway, the song has been going through my head and just wanted to comment on it.
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Bruce Huston (brucehto)
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Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 9:46 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

And Martha covered it on her "Heat Wave" album.
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Ms. M (ms_m)
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Tsull, there is another artist you should check out that does "Hello Stranger" (if you haven't heard her).

Carri Lucas; her version is a definitive steppers groove. Her background singers - the Whispers and it was produced by Ronnie McNeir.
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Nish (nish)
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TSull - that's a duet between Jean Terrell and Levi Stubbs.

Carrie Lucas feat. The Whispers did one of my favorite versions in the 80s, produced by none other than Ronnie McNeir. The Capitals added a little speed to their version.

Newcomer Ebony Alleyne does a really nice version as well.
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DeWalt (dewalt)
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on holidays last week i was listening to a 'best of lovers rock' cd and there was a competent reggae version by brown sugar ( i think )on there , hard to go wrong with that song
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tsull (tsull)
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Ah, you learn something every day. Jean, not Diana ... great version. Also, I'd never heard the Carrie Lucas tune, and one of my favorite groups backing, The Whispers, and produced by Ronnie, nice. Where would I find that track?

It's just a fantastic song!
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dexter (dexter)
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The Capitols & Queen Latifah also do very nice versions.
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roger (roger)
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Tsull ..

There was a "Best Of CARRIE LUCAS" C.D. released in the U.K. a few years back that included her take on "Hello Stranger" ..

Here it is on Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/Dance-Yo u-Best-Carrie-Lucas/dp/B00005V 334

Roger
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tsull (tsull)
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Thanks, good info. I don't know anything about her, but I like that she hangs around The Whispers and Ronnie McNeir!
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MissMona (missmona)
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Didn't The Supremes with Jean cover this song with The Four Tops? I want to say on the 3rd album Dynaomite, but don't recall.

I just checked and they do Hello Stranger, but I don't know if it's the same song.

"It's Impossible"
"Bigger You Come (The Harder You Fall)"
"Hello Stranger"
"Love the One You're With"
"Good Lovin' Ain't Easy to Come By"
"Melody"
"If"
"If I Could Build My Whole World Around You"
"Don't Let Me Lose This Dream"



(Message edited by missmona on September 04, 2007)
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Nish (nish)
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TSull, Carrie Lucas has a smooth, lilting voice. She was the wife of SOLAR Records impresario Dick Griffey and a highly unheralded 80s soul diva. Ronnie was called upon to do some tracks on some SOLAR artists, and 'Hello Stranger' was a gem from that union. I wonder what Ms. Lucas is up to now? One of my favorite vocalists
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dvdmike (dvdmike)
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I recently saw a "video" of Barbara Lewis lip-synching to "Hello Stranger." She was sitting on some rocks by a lake or something. It had to have been filmed in the mid-1960s.
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boba (boba)
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There is a fantastic 70s version by the detroit group Quickest Way Out
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Tony Russi (tony_russi)
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Nish, I agree about Carrie Lucas.I thought she was a good artist.I think I have a Solar 45 on her that was a dance favorite late 70's or early 80's. Barbara Lewis still has the pipes.
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Soulful Chris (soulful_chris)
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I haven't heard it in a long time, but I remember the Yvonne Elliman version of "Hello, Stranger" being very, very faithful to the original. So much so that you asked, "What was the point in doing this?" Still.....it was well-done, if not necessary.
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kamasu (kamasu)
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I thought I read that Yvonne Elliman lives in Hawaii with her family. She was on a couple of TJ Lubinski's PBS specials.



How come nobody mentioned the Dells on Barbara Lewis' version?
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Charise (mistrivia1)
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A song I don't think anybody can mess up. Agree with all, one of my most favorites is definitely, Carrie Lucas with the Whipsers doing background!:-):-)
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Charise (mistrivia1)
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Tsull...check Ebay as well, they have some best of cds too. This was from her album "Horsin' Around, I believe '85. That album is on Ebay too.! :-)
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Ron Murphy (ron_murphy)
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Tn 63 producer Ollie McLaughlin took Barbara to Chicago to do the session and also got The Dells to sing the background vocals.
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moonbeam (moonbeam)
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itwas,jeanterell,levi,stubbs,t hati,liked.
excuse,mt,commas,my,space,bar, is,acting,up.
but,barbara,lewis,version,is,m y,favorite.
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soulwally (soulwally)
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Yes, the Capitols (flip of Cool Jerk) is a good call. Any Northern Soulies out there, just try it, it's got that mid-tempo groove us oldies now prefer!
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daddyacey (daddyacey)
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The Carrie Lucas version is my favorite next to Barbara Lewis's original. That organ in the original version is what sets that whole track off! Carrie Lucas version is well worth seeking out. I have it on a 12'inch and the LP. I never could understand why she wasn't more popular.
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Grapevine (grapevine)
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...here's the lady who wrote it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =PT90lo79bUQ

:-)
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Grapevine (grapevine)
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tsull...here's Jean & Levi...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =FJaTqexaovY

:-)
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Grapevine (grapevine)
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...but my favourite version is by The Capitols...

http://www.soulclub.org/stream /The_Capitols_-_Hello_Stranger .ram

:-)
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Jester (jester)
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Carrie ..oh Carrie ..simply GORGEOUS!!!

Jester.
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Mark Speck (mark_speck)
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It was her version of "Hello Stranger" that impelled me to buy that Queen Latifah CD...and I discovered that the rest of it was really good!

Is the song by Fire and Rain on Mercury the same "Hello Stranger"?

Best,

Mark
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roddee (rod_rick)
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Yes it's on the Dynamite lp and it's the 4Tops and the Supremes.
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michael r. lee shue (mikey)
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Hi Mark: Yes. The same song.
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tsull (tsull)
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Yep, on the Duets album it's the Four Tops and Supremes. The Levi/Diana shared leads are awesome!

http://www.amazon.com/Motown-L egends-Duets-Various-Artists/d p/B0000047II/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/1 05-9682513-9108456?ie=UTF8&s=m usic&qid=1189003727&sr=1-1
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Grapevine (grapevine)
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tsull...it's Levi with Jean shared leads...not Diana...

:-)
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tsull (tsull)
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Ahhh, got it, thanks.
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SDF (handsome)
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All: The Supremes & Four Tops version is on the 3rd lp called Dynamite.

Handsome
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moonbeam (moonbeam)
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YES,THE,CAPITOLS,VERSION,WAS,G OOD,TOO.
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Timmy Funk (timmyfunk)
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tsull, I would have to disagree slightly. The only version that I can listen to is Barbara's version. It's just too damn haunting. No one else has been able to replicate that feeling.
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tsull (tsull)
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Regarding Yvonne Elliman's version, someone said, "Why sing it?" I'm glad she did, because when it came out I had not heard Barbara's version and it introduced me to the song. Radio at that time was playing Yvonne's song, not Barbara's ... basically there wasn't any "oldies" radio at that time, at least where I was living.

I like almost all the versions, after listening to a little more today, Barbara's is the best.

The song is so good, however, that it would be tough to ruin it.
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Kevin Goins - KevGo (kevgo)
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Yvonne moved back to Hawaii after her hit-making career was winding down. She did appear in one of TJ's PBS specials (and she still sounded great).

BTW - FOR DVDMIKE - the clip you saw of Barbara performing Hello Stranger on a boat was from Dick Clark's Where The Action Is.

Kevin Goins - KevGo

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