Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Heart of Rock & Soul # 946 Brenda Holloway

'Holloway made her mark at Motown  in a variety of ways, most noticeably by being the only non-Detroit artist of its early heyday. She came from California and this breathy, string-laden ballad has some of the grainy  and husky qualities of Jackie DeShannon's pop hits of the same period. But Every Little Bit Hurts is more reminiscent of the pop-soul set pieces Burt Bacharach and Hal David were constructing for Dionne Warwick in those years. Which also marks Holloway as the first really adult Motown artist, an impression reinforced by her use of Four Preps accompanist Lincoln Mayorga on piano. Composer Ed Cobb was also in the Preps, though he rejected maturity in favor of creating the Standells Dirty Water.

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