Dusty Springfield hosted this impromptu TV special to promote the Tamla Motown artists that were taking part in their first ever European tour in 1965. Motown sent over their six premier acts to do promotional visits and play around 30 dates (no-one is sure of the exact number) in France, Germany, Holland and Britain. The Supremes, The Temptations, The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Martha & The Vandellas were all backed by the Motown house band, The Earl Van Dyke Sextet. Dusty was a huge Motown fan and was keen to play her part in bringing the acts to a wider audience. The Beatles and the Stones also went out of their way to give Motown a mention in their interviews. Remember, Motown had only just launched its label in Europe earlier that year and the artists were known only to a small number of soul aficionados , so ticket sales for the tour were very poor. Mary Wilson recalls that the acts referred to it as the ghost tour; sales were so slow that they had to draft in Georgie Fame (at #1 in the charts with Yeh Yeh) to headline halfway through the tour.
Record Store Day 2018 Release
1 The Supremes - Baby Love
2 The Miracles - You Really Got A Hold On Me
3 Stevie Wonder - I Call It Pretty Music
4 The Temptations - The Way You Do The Things You Do
5 Martha & The Vandellas - Heatwave
6 Dusty Springfield - You Lost The Sweetest Boy
7 The Earl Van Dyke Sextet - Vamp
8 The Miracles - Ooo Baby Baby
9 Martha & The Vandellas & Dusty Springfield - Wishin' And Hopin'
10 The Temptations - It's Growing
11 The Supremes - Shake
12 Martha & The Vandellas - Nowhere To Run
1 Stevie Wonder - Kiss Me Baby
2 Marvin Gaye - Can I Get A Witness
3 Martha & The Vandellas & Dusty Springfield - Can't Hear You No More
4 The Supremes - Stop! In The Name Of Love
5 The Temptations - My Girl
6 Martha & The Vandellas - Dancing In The Street
7 The Miracles - Shop Around
8 The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go?
9 The Miracles & Various - Mickey's Monkey
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