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Tune du Jour: “Get Ready” – The Temptations
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Delroy Wilson vs. Giant Sand
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And Miles And Miles
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Oh Yeah!

Remember that dance craze called The Duck of the early 60’s, which coincidentally enough was inspired by a song called The Duck? You don’t? Well me neither. But trust me, there was a hit song called The Duck that people apparently were ducking around to in the early 60’s by the droves. Motown execs took notice and enlisted Smokey Robinson to knock out a soulful dance tune, “pronto”, that would be eminently duckable. And so Smokey did just that, writing and producing Get Ready for The Temptations. Released as a single in February 1966, Get Ready was a moderate success enticing spry rug-burners to tune-in to get their duck off. It peaked at number 29 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and hit number one on the Billboard Hot R&B Song chart. The song initially did not do well in the UK; however, in 1969 Get Ready was reissued in the UK and wound up reaching number 10 on the UK pop singles chart.

I found out two interesting facts while researching this song. First of all, while I was aware that Rare Earth had covered Get Ready, I had no idea just how successful their version turned out to be. In 1969, Rare Earth released a rendition of Get Ready on their first album of the same title.  The album version of Get Ready was a 21-minute extravaganza, encompassing the entire second side of the lp. An edited version of the song, pared down to around 3-minutes, was released as a single. Rare Earth’s Get Ready outperformed The Temptations’ version, reaching number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It sold in excess of a million US copies, earning a Gold certification from the RIAA.

Oh, and second thing I learned? In 1969, Rare Earth became the first band signed to Motown’s new rock subsidiary, Rare Earth Records. Again, what are the odds of such coincidences…

 

The Original

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The Temptations:

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More Popular (NOT Better, Mind You, Just More Popular)

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Rare Earth:

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Delroy Wilson vs. Giant Sand

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Delroy Wilson:

Giant Sand:

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Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. Only one cover tune will live to play another day and it is your solemn responsibility to decide which one prevails. So tell me … Which Side Are You On?!!?

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