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The title track was one of Motown's grittiest singles ever, but it didn't put Brenda Holloway into the spotlight she deserved. Her sound and style were so gospel-tinged and powerful that she was out of place on a label that wanted more polished, sophisticated material. This album had some marvelous classics and stands as Holloway's finest. While Motown had many other superb soul artists, Holloway may have been one who'd have done better at Stax or any of the Southern outlets who specialized in rawer, "deep" country and gospel-tinged productions.

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Brenda Holloway is perhaps one of the best singers that Motown ever signed and that most people have never heard of. I never tire of listening to this album. Check out the tracks Can I, Every Little Bit Hurts, A Favor For A Girl and I've Been Good to You. This album will make you fall in love with Motown all over again.


Born: June 21, 1946 in Atascadero, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the sexiest singers on the Motown label, Brenda Holloway was also one of its grittiest, with a strong gospel influence more typical of Southern soul than the company's usual polish. Best known for her ballad hit "Every Little Bit Hurts," Holloway also recorded (and co-wrote) the original version of "You've Made Me So Very Happy," which soon became a hit for jazz-rockers Blood Sweat & Tears. Holloway was born in Atascadero, CA, in 1946 and grew up in the Watts section of Los Angeles; as a...
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Every Little Bit Hurts, Brenda Holloway
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Soul, Motown
  • Released: 1964

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