Monday, May 9, 2016

The Heart of Rock & Soul # 979 Dorothy Moore

'One of the last deep soul hits to percolate to the top of the charts was this lush arrangement of a song written in 1967 for countrypolitan star Eddy Arnold by Nashville vet Bob Montgomery. Buddy Holly's high school singing partner, Joe Simon did the original soul version in 1972, but like Arnold's his rendition found few takers at Top 40.

Part of Moore's advantage was that the song's plushness seemed more credible coming out of a woman's mouth. But her crying improvisation near the end lends a soaring sense of triumph that the more lugubrious interpretations by Simon and Arnold never discovered. And that little victory not only led her straight up the Hot 100, it's what made this disc the one that lasted.'

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