Friday, February 12, 2016

Record #0624: Stop the Music / It's Love That Really Counts (In the Long Run) – THE SHIRELLES

Scepter 1237 (original) USA, Aug. 1962
Words & Music bySide AVan McCoy, Willie Denson; Side BHal David, Burt Bacharach
Musicians: Shirley Owens (vocals), Addie Harris (vocals), Doris Coley (vocals), Beverly Lee (vocals) and an unknown orchestra
Recording sessions: New York, NY, 1962; Side A produced by Van McCoy, Side B by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US #36; Side B - US #102

Another Shirelles 7" with a bit of a dispute on what's the A-side of the single. The label marking clearly shows that "Stop the Music" was originally intended as the flip. This time I chose to go against it.

Bacharach had recorded a demo of "It's Love That Really Counts" with (then unknown) Dionne Warwick on vocals. Scepter founder heard the demo and said:"I hate the song, but who's the girl?" Soon after, Warwick was signed to Scepter and the song was given to the Shirelles as the flip side of their next single.

Perhaps the best known cover version of "It's Love That Really Counts" was recorded by the Merseybeats for their debut single in 1963 (UK #24).

List price:  Very Good+ is $7.50, Near Mint is $15

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