The Contours - First I Look At the Purse

A Tamla Motown Collection – Part 31

The Contours – First I Look At The Purse – TMG 531

This Northern Soul stalwart record has been a fixture since the earliest days of the dance genre, right back to the Mods and before the Northern Soul label had been devised in 1970 by soul music fan, collector, retailer and journalist Dave Godin, who incidentally was also the founder of the Tamla Motown Appreciation Society.

The song was written by Smokey Robinson and his Miracles band-mate Bobby Rogers and is is essentially a comedy song, although for the Northern Soul scene, its appeal lies much more in its driving rhythm from the Funk Brothers.

This song marked a parting of the ways for the Contours as the original lead singer, Billy Gordon left after this single.

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