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A Motown mystery, the Charters – who, according to the liner notes to The Complete Motown Singles: Volume 2, were a self-contained band from Toledo, Ohio (where the only copies of their one and only Motown single have been unearthed) – appear to have pitched up at Hitsville with their completed master and paid for some DJ promo copies to be pressed up. Perhaps they were hoping to score a proper Motown release if the record picked up some radio play, or maybe they hoped that another label might step in if Motown weren’t interested. Either way, they were marked down as a release in the Motown record books, allocated to the lower-profile Mel-o-dy Records imprint but given a catalogue number, suggesting that stock copies were supposed to be pressed at some point, even if none actually materialised. They had no further involvement with the Motown story, and we may never find out the real story as to who these guys were.
Review Archive: The CHARTERS (1962)