Getting things going this month with a top 3 R&B smash from 1967 from the doo-wop group that our AOM helped found in 1955 along with Ray Davis, Calvin Simon, Fuzzy Haskins and Grady Thomas. You can definitely hear the influence that the Motown Machine had on the production of this track, but also check out some things in the mix that would be part of the shape of funk to come… listen to the high octave female vocal that doubles on the chorus, this is a device that will be used to great effect in the funk.

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.