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Album Review

This 15-track collection gathers up the very best of Holloway's recordings for Motown. A peripheral figure in the company's history, Brenda made the trek from Los Angeles to Detroit to record, working with producers Smokey Robinson, Mickey Stevenson, Henry Cosby, Frank Wilson, and label boss Berry Gordy. Holloway's big hits "Every Little Bit Hurts," "I'll Always Love You," and "When I'm Gone" are aboard, along with the original version of "You've Made Me So Very Happy," later appropriated by Blood, Sweat & Tears. Solid album material from the canceled Motown album Hurtin' & Cryin' makes up the majority of this collection, with "Hurt a Little Everyday," and "You Can Cry on My Shoulder" being two of the highlights. Two previously unreleased tracks, "You've Changed Me" and "Til Johnny Comes," round out the package. Holloway was a big-voiced gospel-style belter, and while not in the Motown front racks, this scintillating package makes a welcome addition to any soul collection.

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Underrated Soulstress

Motown has such a larger-than-life reputation that the label's biggest stars and most celebrated hits overshadow many worthwhile efforts by artists like Brenda Holloway. This compilation evokes many of the familiar elements of better-known tracks by Motown stars (including occasional Producer/Songwriter William "Smokey" Robinson), making it entertaining for fans who yearn for more than their radio favorites. Holloway delivered some minor hits of her own, and acts from The Spencer Davis Group to Bonnie Pointer have covered her songs. In fact, many listeners may be surprised to realize Blood Sweat & Tears' "You Made Me So Very Happy" is not the original once they hear Brenda Holloway captivate with her version as the closing chapter of this well-selected showcase.

when I'm gone

I have been looking for this song for years. It is a real classic and is just as relevent today as when it was released.It is a true classic


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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