Two Lovers (Mary Wells song)

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"Two Lovers"
Single by Mary Wells
from the album Two Lovers
B-side Operator
Released 1962
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville USA; 1962
Genre Soul
Length 2:45
Label Motown
M 1035
Writer(s) Smokey Robinson
Producer(s) Smokey Robinson
Mary Wells singles chronology
"You Beat Me to the Punch"
(1962)
"Two Lovers"
(1962)
"Laughing Boy"
(1963)

"Two Lovers" is a single released in 1962 by Mary Wells on the Motown record label. The song was the third consecutive hit to be both written and produced by Smokey Robinson of The Miracles and recorded by Mary Wells,[1] the two previous charters being "The One Who Really Loves You" and "You Beat Me to the Punch." The song's cleverly devised lyrics at first appear to be about a girl singing to one lover who is "sweet and kind" and a second who treats her bad and makes her sad; eventually, the girl reveals that the two lovers are actually the same person. The song became Well's most successful release to date reaching No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart and number seven on the Billboard pop chart. Its success would be eclipsed two years later by the singer's most successful release ever, the signature tune "My Guy."[2]

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Covers[edit]

  • Louise Cordet covered the song in 1964 in a Decca session with Jimmy Page.
  • Steve Goodman covered the song on his 1977 Say It In Private album and in concert.
  • Dolly Parton covered the song on her ill-fated 1987 pop album Rainbow.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 25 - The Soul Reformation: Phase two, the Motown story. [Part 4]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 617. 

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