Thursday, May 27, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Kim Weston
Song:Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)
Album:Greatest Hits & Rare Classics
Kim Weston had her biggest success as a solo artist with Take Me In Your Arms in 1965. She was poised to become a star as Marvin Gaye's duet partner when she left Motown and didn't have the same success elsewhere. She was born Agatha Natalie Weston Dec. 30, 1939 in Detroit. She grew up singing in church and as a teen toured with the gospel group the Wright Specials. She signed with Motown in 1963 and had a minor hit with Love Me All The Way in 1963 She turned down Dancing In The Street but then she reached #4 on the R & B Singles Chart in 1965 with Take Me In Your Arms. Kim was married to Motown producer Mickey Cleveland and he wrote and produced several of her songs. But Take Me In Your Arms was written and produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland. The Doobie Brothers would have a much bigger hit with their cover of Take Me In Your Arms in 1975. Apparently Tom Johnston was a big fan of the song. Then Kim recorded an album of duets with Marvin Gaye and It Takes Two was a top 20 pop hit in 1966. But by the time it was released Kim Weston and Mickey Cleveland left Motown and sued for royalties. They went to MGM and also recorded for Johnny Nash's Banyan Tree label and had a minor hit with her version of Lift Every Voice and sing in the film Wattstax. But Kim never could duplicate her Motown success elsewhere. Kim divorced Cleveland and moved to Israel. You can get all her Motown hits on this comp. In recent years, Kim has recorded for Ian Levine's Motorcity label and tours occasionally with Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves & Brenda Holloway. And she's currently a DJ at a Detroit radio station. Here's Kim Weston performing Take Me In Your Arms on the Windsor TV station CKNW 1965.