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No Place Like Motown (no_place_like_motown)
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Post Number: 803
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Thanks to Heikki's great article on the Spinners story, which I'm still reading, I discovered that Connie Stevens did the original version of "Betcha By Golly Wow" which Thom Bell produced in 1970. Thom knew he had a hit on his hands but Connie's record label at the time, Bell, didn't believe the song had any potential and pressed only 500 copies of the single with no promotion. I guess Thom Bell had the last laugh when the song became a monster hit for the Stylistics a couple of years later.

The song was originally titled "Keep Growing Strong" when Connie recorded it. Take a listen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =ytksbAHzP38
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boba (boba)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 4:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I never knew this. The funniest part is that, given the arrangement, it doesn't sound that far off the stylistics.
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douglasm (douglasm)
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Fasinating. It's got an overproduced sound to it, the Stylistics' cut has a more subtle arrangement. With a less bombastic backing, Connie's cut would have been real good. I wonder if Thom remembered that when he arranged the song the second time.
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Moe (moe)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 5:23 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

WOW......who would have thought Connie Stevens??
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tom_moulton (tom_moulton)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 6:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

La La Means I Love You is also great. Tommy did a great job on all 6 songs and they were recorded in Philadelphia.
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Mark Speck (mark_speck)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 7:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for posting the link to Connie's version of this song. I always enjoyed her music, as well as the Stylistics music, so it was cool to finally hear this original take on a soul classic.

Best,

Mark
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Superdupersupremes (superdupersupremes)
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Post Number: 42
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Posted on Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 8:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

She sounds real good. Who knew?
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jillfoster (jillfoster)
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I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!!!!! Overproduction is my FRIEND!! I love lush, complicated arrangements, this is WAY better than the Stylistics' version. (Mainly because I don't care for falsetto)
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No Place Like Motown (no_place_like_motown)
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Post Number: 804
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Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 5:47 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Tom:

I found and ordered a copy of Connie's 'Ultimate Collection' last night which also includes "La La Means I Love You." I'm looking forward to hearing her version. I really like Connie's version of "Betcha By Golly Wow". Having discovered this, it reminds me of how excited I was when I got Dusty Springfield's "A Brand New Me" LP which was also recorded in Philly.

Tom, would you know the song titles of the other 4 tracks Connie cut at Philly with Thom Bell? Thanks.
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JAI NANCE (rhythm66)
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Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 9:23 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

THIS IS THE SAME[CUTE]LITTLE CONNIE STEVENS OF[HAWIIAN EYE]FAME?
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No Place Like Motown (no_place_like_motown)
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Post Number: 809
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Sure is, Jai.
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tom_moulton (tom_moulton)
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The other 2 on the CD are Tick Tock and I don't Know. The other 2 are unreleased
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No Place Like Motown (no_place_like_motown)
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Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 4:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks, Tom. Both of those songs are also included on her "Ultimate Collection."
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Kevin Goins - KevGo (kevgo)
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Posted on Friday, March 06, 2009 - 1:23 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Just got through listening to Connie's version. Sounds like Thom was going for the big-Broadway-meets-Hollywood-b y-way-of-Philadelphia with his arrangement & production. Reminds me of some of the Delfonics' tunes (You Can't Be Loving Him, Trying To Make A Fool Of Me) and Little Anthony's Help Me Find A Way (To Say I Love You).

Kevin Goins - KevGo
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splanky (splanky)
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Posted on Saturday, March 07, 2009 - 9:18 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You could have knocked me over with a feather with this revelation. Still, as far as SOUL is concerned Russell buries the original just as a certain Miss Franklin did Lulu's Oh Me Oh My.JMHO...:-)...

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