Saturday, February 10, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST song of the day
Song:Ball Of Confusion
By the late 60s, Berry Gordy had to make Motown's music more socially & politically relevant. Of course Marvin Gaye was at the forefront of that. But The Temptaions had some great songs too. Norman Whitfield had taken over from Smokey Robinson as Temptations producer in 1966 and gave them a harder edged sound. Then David Ruffin was fired in 1968 for missing dates and was replaced by Dennis Edwards of The Contours. He took over a lot of the lead vocals including this great song Ball Of Confusion written by Whitfield & Barrett Strong. You'll notice by this video from The Smokey Robinson Show from 1970 that the clothes became flashier. They still had the dance moves though. Ball Of Confusion was a hit single and then tacked on to Greatest Hits Vol. 2. This Anthology comp is out of print so I recommend The Ultimate Collection. The video quality isn't up to par because this guy taped it from his TV.