The Friday Song From Holland-Dozier-Holland
By Bob Berry
The three names, Holland-Dozier-Holland, need no further introduction.
The songs are their signature. “Baby Love”, “Stop! In The Name Of Love”, “Baby, I Need Your Loving”, “Reach Out, I’ll Be There”, “Heatwave”, “Come And Get These Memories”, “Can I Get A Witness”, “This Old Heart Of Mine”, “Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)”, “(I’m A) Road Runner”.
There, I just did a Keener Top Ten without breaking a sweat! Or going past 1966!
Brian, Lamont and Eddie were Motown’s greatest songwriting team. Except, of course, for Smokey Robinson, Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, The Corporation, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and others. Hard to say who’s the greatest. It’s like all these years later, Berry Gordy’s “who’s hot?” competitions still play out.
Today is Eddie Holland’s birthday, which was gonna make an obvious, but difficult choice for the Friday Song. Until I discovered that one of H-D-H’s first hits was written for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles! Top Ten in 1963, it’s “Mickey’s Monkey” LIVE, on a Motown Revue special for Britain’s Ready, Steady Go. See how many Motown stars (is that Stevie on harmonica?) you spot.
And you can do the monkey, too-it’s The Friday Song on Keener!