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Motown Greatest Hits
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Welcome to my Motown Blues Mixed Vol 3 page featuring artists such as SRV, Lionel Richie, Joe Bonamassa and others.

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Artists on this page:
Billy Ocean
Bob Marley - Bobby Bland
Bobby Charles - Clarence Henry
Edsilia Rombley
Grisman & Garcia - Jimmy Reed
Joe Bonamassa - John Moreland
Lionel Richie - Little Walter
Mose Alison
Ray Parker Jr - Richie Havens
Sleepy Lebeef - SRV
The Drifters - The Ink Spots
The Temptations

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Motown Greatest Hits
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1. A Woman Needs Love - Ray Parker Jr

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A Woman Needs Loves is a 1981 album and the last from the group Raydio, led by Ray Parker Jr.

The song reached #4 on the Pop charts and #1 on the R&B chart in the US. The song was also a top 10 in Canada and The Netherlands.


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2. Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City - Bobby Bland

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Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City was first recorded by Bobby Bland in 1974 for his album Dreamer. It reached #9 on the US Soul Chart.

Whitesnake also covered this song in 1978.


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3. Around The Bend - Joe Bonamassa

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Around The Bend can be found on the 2004 Joe Bonamassa album Had To Cry Today.

The song was never released as a single.

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4. Blacklist - John Moreland

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Blacklist is a song from John Moreland's 2013 album In The Throes.

The song was not released as a single.

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5. Bright Lights Big City - Jimmy Reed

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Bright Lights Big City was written by blues artist Jimmy Reed and first recorded by him in 1961 for his jiMMY reed Live At Carnegie Hall album.

The song made it to the US R&B chart and has become a blues standard down thru the decades.


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6. Bright Lights Big City - Sleep Lebeef

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Bright Lights Big City has been performed many times by Sleepy Labeef in concert and the album where you'll find this track is from 2001 called Rockabilly Blues.

As started above, this is an old Jimmy Reed tune from 1961. Sleepy never released his version as a single.


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7. Cold Shot - SRV

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Cold Shot was a 1984 single from the Stevie Ray Vaughan album Couldn't Stand The Weather.

This song peaked at #29 on the US Rock albums chart.


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8. Could You Be Loved - Bob Marley

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Could You Be Loved is one of two singles from the album Uprising, released in1980.

This song did chart on the US Dance chart at #6 and the soNg hit #2 in New Zealand and #5 in the UK.


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9. Deep River Woman - Lionel Richie

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Deep River Woman was written by Lionel Richie and recorded with country group Alabama back in 1987. It was one of four singles from his album Dancing On the Ceiling.

The song peaked at #10 on the US Billboard chart.

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10. Easy - Lionel Richie

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Easy was one of two singles (Brick House the other) released from the 1977 album Commodores.

The song went to #1 on the US R&B chart.

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11. Get Ready - The Temptations

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Get Ready was a #1 hit when it hit the airwaves from The Temptations back in 1066.

You'll find this track on their album Gettin' Ready.


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12. Goin' Fishin' - Bobby Charles

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Goin' Fishin' was recorded by Bobby Charles back in 2004 for his album Last train To Memphis.

There is no indication the song was ever released as a single.


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13. Here Comes The Sun - Richie Havens

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Here Comes The Sun was of course written by George Harrison back in 1969.

In 1971, Richie Havens recorded his version for the album Alarm Clock. He scored a #15 and #16 on the Billboard and Cashbox chart.


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14. Hello - Lionel Richie

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Hello was one of 5 singles from Lionel Richie's 1983 album can't slow down.

The song was a huge hit reaching #1 in the US, Austria, The Netherlands and The UK and hitting #2 in Germany.


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15. I Don't Know Why I Love You But I Do - Clarence Henry 

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I Don't Know Why I Love You But I Do was a 1961 single released by Clarence Frogman Henry. The song was written by Paul Gayten and Bobby Charles.

The song reached #6 in the UK and #11 in the US R&B chart.


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16. I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire - The Ink Spots

The Ink Spots recorded this song back in 1941 and scored a #4 hit on the US Pop charts.

There is no indication of album released by the group that I could find.


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17. I Wish It Would Rain - The Temptations

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I Wish It Would Rain was a single release back in 1968 and hails from their album of the same name.

The song hit #1 on the US R&B chart.


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18. Is This Love - Bob Marley

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Is This Love was one of two singles from Bob Marley's 1978 album Kaya. The other song did not chart but this song reached #8 in New Zealand, #9 in the UK and #11 in Australia.

The song did not chart in the US.


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19. Life By The Drop - SRV

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Life By The Drop is from The Sky Is Crying album from 1991.

This song was never released as a single.


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20. Long Long Way To Go - Lionel Richie

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Long Long Way to Go is not actually a song written by Lionel Richie but instead it's a Def Leppard song.

But in 2004 Richie recorded his version for the album Just For You and was released as the 2nd single from the album.

It reached the top 20 on the US Contemporary chart.


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21. Midnight Train To Georgia - Edsilia Rombley

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Midnight Train To Georgia of course is an old Glady's Night And The Pips song from 1973. Edsilia Rombley, a Dutch artist, put this track on her live albums called from 2020 called Live in Het Concertgebouw. 

The album has 13 tracks on it but I don't believe she ever released this version as a single.

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22. Mountain Time - Joe Bonamassa

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Mountain Time is a track on Joe's 2009 album Live From The Royal Albert Hall.

This track was never released as a single.


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23. My Babe - Little Walter

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24. My Girl - The Temptations

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My Girl is a song written by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White and was recorded by The Temptations back in 1964 and became their first #1 hit song.

The track is on the album The Temptations Sing Smokey.


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25. No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley

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No Woman No Cry was recorded for the 1974 album Natty Dread. But the song was no released as a single until is was recored live for the 1975 Live album.

That version did not chart in the US but reached #8 in the UK.


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26.  Pride And Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Pride And Joy was a #20 hit on the US Rock charts back in 1983. It was the only single from that album to chart.

It can be found on the SRV album Texas Flood.

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27. Salisaw Blue - John Moreland

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Salisaw Blue is a track on John's 2017 album entitled Big Bad Luv.

This song was never released as a single.


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28. Save The Last Dance For Me - The Drifters

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Save The Last Dance For Me is a 1960 hit from The Drifters from their album of the same name. Ben E King was the lead vocalist.

The song was #1 in several countries. The song was also recorded by Michael Buble, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. 

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29. Stuck On You - Lionel Richie

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Stuck On You hails from the 1983 album Can't Slow Down.

The song was a #1 on the US Contemporary chart  and reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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30. Suddenly - Billy Ocean

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Suddenly the song hails from the 1985 album of the same name from Billy Ocean.

This was a breakthrough album from Billy Ocean and he scored a #4 hit in both the US and UK.

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31. Take Out Some Insurance - Jimmy Reed

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Take Out Some Insurance was only one of two singles released from the 1959 album by Jimmy Reed entitled Rockin With Reed.

The sold well in Louisiana apparently but did not make the national charts. You probably don't know this but The Beatles were the backup band for Tony Sheridan in 1961 on his release of this song.

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32. The House Is A Rockin - SRV

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The House Is A Rockin was one of four singles from the Stevie Ray Vaughan album In Step, released in 1989.

This track peaked at #18.


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33. The Thrill Is Gone - Grisman & Garcia

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The Thrill Is Gone is an old bluesy song from 1951 and was recorded by BB King and was a minor hit in 1970.

Grisman and Garcia put this song on their 1991 album. I don't believe they released their version as a single. 


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34. Three Little Birds - Bob Marley

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Three Little Birds has become one of Bob Marley's most popular songs. It reached #17 in the UK upon it's release as a single back in 1980.

You can find the track on the Exodus album.

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35. We'll Meet Again - The Ink Spots

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We'll Meet Again was a 1939 song from British singer Vera Lynn. The Ink Spots recorded a version I believe sometime in the 1940's.

The song appears on The Ink Spots Anthology album from 1998 which contains 48 songs.


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36. You Don't Care Enough For Me To Cry - John Moreland

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You Don't Care Enough For Me To Cry is a track from John Moreland's album High On Tulsa Heat which was released back in 2015.

The song was never released as a single.

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37. Your Mind Is On Vacation - Mose Allison

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Your Mind Is On Vacation is an album from Mose Allison released back in 1976.

I don't believe this track was ever released as a single.


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