Martha & The Vandellas – Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things) – TMG 530 B
Today’s stroll though the history of the UK Tamla Motown singles catalogue sees a rare excursion onto a B side.
As we will see as this series unfold, Martha Reeves had more than one great song hidden away on the flip side of what was often a successful single in its own right. I
n 1965, Martha and The Vandellas were very much an uptempo, feel-good part of the Motown roster, so this deep soul ballad on the B side of You’ve Been In Love Too Long, was an oddity. Even more oddly, it was picked up by radio stations across the USA and received enough airplay to make the Billboard chart in its own right (OK, only at number 70).
Martha Reeves herself is reported to have said that is one her own favourite Motown recording, so please don’t let anything put you off taking a listen to her great, soulful vocals on this track. Of course, it did nothing in the UK charts and this single is something of a rarity on UK Tamla Motown, although import copies (including promo copies like mine) on US Gordy are rather less scarce.