Hello! And welcome to the second song a new Song Bar series. This introduction won't stay here after the first few posts, but what is it all about? Song of the Day does what it says on the tin. And why? It's just a celebration of great songs. Some will be well known, some more obscure, and some brand new. Some will be on YouTube, some on other formats. They might be loosely connected by theme, sound or artist, but the main reason is that they flow into each other and offer a great way to start the day. They will gradually build up into playlists, and larger patterns will emerge.
So then, written like our last song, in 1967, and performed by the much underrated Canadian singer, also working on it with the legendary Holland-Dozier-Holland trio, this Motown masterpiece is another one about lingering love, with a clear extended metaphor, and was a favourite at Wigan Casino, Blackpool Mecca, and other northern soul venues, though it didn't become a hit in Britain until 1974. It has natural moments to clap and spin. Taylor also wrote for many other artists including Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Temptations and the Four Tops. Ghost was even later covered by The Fall. The secret of a great Motown song? Sadness of subject combined with an irresistible joy in the music that compels you to dance.
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