Since I complained about the lack of uninterrupted music in my Summer Of Soul review, here’s a stone-cold soul classic. The Tracks Of My Tears was written in 1965 by Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore, and Marv Tarplin. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles first cut this great song, but it’s been recorded over 100 times.
We begin with Smokey and the gang; not to be confused with Kool even though the Miracles *were* cool.
One of the talked over numbers in Summer Of Soul was by Gladys Knight & Pips, so I’ll STFU.
Bryan Ferry is on the record as a huge Smokey Robinson fan. He recorded one of the earliest covers of The Tracks Of My Tears.
Linda Ronstadt never met a sad song she didn’t like.
This feature was inspired by the Rat Pack. Here’s Deano:
Finally, the Divine Dolly Parton. Say no more.
What’s a Friday Cocktail Hour without an instrumental version of the week’s song? This time, Mongo Santamaria who also performed at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival.
That’s it for this week. Pour yourself a drink and toast the end of a short work week. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.