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  1. Wolfsky9
    Wolfsky9 says:

    Gorgeous voice————-Gorgeous & classy Lady ! I saw her & was totally in love. ——————Early '65, written, arranged & produced, by Smokey. ———————————–WolfSky9, 73 y/o

  2. Kenneth Hamlett
    Kenneth Hamlett says:

    Ms. Holloway is a talented vocalist, but her own decisions limited her career. She signed with Motown at a time when the label was producing hits like no other company in history. But, she declined to move to Detroit & record in Detroit at the Hitsville studio. For her first recording, they asked her to record "Every Little Bit Hurts," but she objected because she had recorded the song two years earlier for a small local label. When they prevailed on her to record a new version, she agreed, but when the producer asked for several takes to improve the quality, she insisted that the recording they had was good enough. The producer prevailed & the result was her biggest hit, though only a modest success. Motown wanted her to travel to Detroit to work for a short time with the Artist Development section, she refused. She had several less successful recordings & her clashes with Motown executives & producers continued. She was seen as difficult & conflicted. Her Motown career ended when she walked out of a recording session with Smokey Robinson, who was producing an album for her, and never returned. She indicated that she did not feel comfortable with the image Motown wanted to project for her, saying it clashed with her moral values. It is ironic since Motown promoted wholesome images for all its acts & the reason they wanted Ms. Holloway to attend the Artist Development program was their concern about the manner of her dress.

    After leaving Motown, she worked with Holland-Didier-Holland at their Invictus label, but without success. She then began singing only gospel musuc, married a minister & had four children. More than 20 years later, during which her marriage ended, she again began singing all types of music, but had no recording success.

    It is interesting how some seem to like blaming Berry Gordy or Diana Ross for the the lack of success for other artists. In reality (& I do not mean this as criticism), Mr. Gordy was so ambitious for himself & his company that he wanted hits from & for every artist. Ms. Holloway predated the Supremes with the company & for a time, they thought of her as the successor to Mary Wells. The reasons that didn't happen was because she did not want their career guidance & did not get along with anyone at the company. Mary Wells left because she did not think Motown was big enough or prestigious enough to handle her. So, she signed with the industry giant, which could not produce a hit. Florence Ballard was fired after behavior that she admitted was intended to get her fired (drinking & missing performances & purposely messing up choreography to make it difficult for the others). She said she did not like all the work related to being successful (touring, interviews, fittings, etc). After Motown, she also signed with a successful label, but the recordings she made were undistinguished. Some say if she had been given the opportunity to lead with the Supremes, she would have been a star, but the many recordings of her as lead for the Supremes or solo do not support the argument. Motown was so successful that other labels would have been loved to have hits with former Motown artists. It happened in only a few cases & ironically one of them was Diana Ross who had big hits for both her labels. So did Gladys Knight & the Pips. That others who left Motown did not had to do with them & not Motown. Ms. Ross & Ms. Knight had the talent, the charisma & the work ethic to succeed for decades. It takes all three.


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