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Saturday, April 17, 2010

100 Records That Shook The World, #75

You've Really Got A Hold On Me

The Miracles

An interesting one, this, a song about a man who can't leave a woman despite the fact that she treats him badly. Released in 1962, in the pre-"Smokey Robinson and The Miracles" days, this was another one of those songs that was a B-side that became more popular than its A-side, "Happy Landing". Peaking at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, this million-seller is probably the most covered of the Miracles' songs, with notable versions by The Beatles, The Supremes, The Temptations, Mickey Gilley, Eddie Money and Elvis Costello. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1998.

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