Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Prime collaborations

Pure joy, tangentially related to prime numbers: the Supremes and the Temptations singing each other’s hits on The Ed Sullivan Show. But if there’s a live version of “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,“ I’ve yet to find it.

Something I realized only after listening to “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me“ for maybe a dozen times over the last few days: what I always thought was a echo effect at 2:37 is Eddie Kendricks singing with Diana Ross. No tricks.

[Ed Sullivan oversimplified: the Temptations were originally called the Elgins, not the Primes. Two members came over from the Primes. As a quartet, the Supremes were originally called the Primettes.]

comments: 4

Anonymous said...

"someday we'll be together" by Ivan Jones

Michael Leddy said...

Very apt.

Joe DiBiase said...

I'm not sure if you've found these, but thought I'd pass them along ...

I hope this link works for you. It's sans Temptations, but is Diana Ross & The Supremes, Live At Las Vegas, 1970.

This one is a recording of The Temptations, sans Diana Ross & The Supremes, recorded live on the Ed Sullivan Show, Feb. 2, 1969.

And this, poorly recorded version, is the two groups together, live in 1972. Honestly, it doesn't sound that good, but it's the only live recording with both groups that I could find.

Finally, and just for fun, is this.

Hope you enjoy.

Michael Leddy said...

Thank you, Joe. I’ve seen the Temptations-alone version(with that astronaut intro) and the special with the two groups, but the others are new to me.