Tamla RecordsTamla T 101 (B), January 1959

B-side of Come To Me

(Written by Berry Gordy and Marv Johnson)

BritainLondon American HLT 8856 (B), May 1959

B-side of Come To Me

(Released in the UK under license through London Records)

Label scan kindly provided by Lars “LG” Nilsson (www.seabear.se - click to visit).  All label scans come from visitor contributions - if you'd like to send me a scan I don't have, please e-mail it to me at fosse8@gmail.com!A slower, more contemplative number than its Historically Significant A-side Come To Me, this is much less energetic and done in a more straightforward and familiar doo-wop setting, but it’s also – for my money – a considerably better song.

Johnson’s high tenor, sung with some real emotion (something quite missing from Come To Me), as he begs his girlfriend for reassurance, plays well against the backing vocals, and his own pounding piano sets things off nicely.

Interesting to see that although this song was a co-write between Johnson and producer Berry Gordy (like Come To Me, which is usually referred to as a Johnson song “tidied up” and rewritten by Gordy), the credits have been flipped for the B-side, so Gordy’s name takes precedence. Long after Marv’s contract had been sold to United Artists, Johnson returned to Motown in the mid-Sixties (Whisper by then long forgotten) and arguably enjoyed more success as a writer than an artist; it’s no surprise to find his fingerprints on this earliest of Motown flips.

It sounds not unlike some of the slower ballads that the Miracles would cut for Motown in the coming years (and this is no bad thing at all); it’s quite simple (also not a bad thing) and probably wouldn’t have been a hit, but I find it infinitely more likeable than the A-side.



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