Come and Get These Memories

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"Come and Get These Memories"
Single by Martha and the Vandellas
from the album Come and Get These Memories
B-side "Jealous Lover"
Released February 22, 1963
Format 7" 45 RPM
Recorded Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); 1962
Genre Soul
Length 2:24
Label Gordy
G 7014
Writer(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s) Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier
Martha and the Vandellas singles chronology
"I'll Have to Let Him Go"
(1962)
"Come and Get These Memories"
(1963)
"(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave"
(1963)

"Come and Get These Memories" is an R&B song by Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas. Their second single released under Motown's Gordy Records subsidiary, "Memories" became the group's first hit single, reaching number 29 on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart, and number-six on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart.[1] The song speaks of heartbreak, as the narrator (lead singer Martha Reeves) goes through her things and gives back everything her now ex-boyfriend had given her, including teddy bears, records, and "lingering love".[2]

"Memories" is also notable as the first hit recording written and produced by the songwriting/production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland,[2] who would become the top creative team at Motown by the end of 1965. The single was the first of several hits the Vandellas scored with the team, before Holland-Dozier-Holland began to focus more heavily on hits for The Supremes and the Four Tops. However, Holland–Dozier–Holland would continue to collaborate with the Vandellas until the songwriting team's departure from Motown in 1967.

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • The Supremes recorded their version (featuring Mary Wilson on lead vocals) which was included on their 1966 The Supremes A' Go-Go album.
  • Fellow Motown singer Kim Weston recorded the song, but it remained unreleased until her Motown Anthology (and the Motown Sings Motown Treaures album) was released in 2005
  • Bette Midler covered the song for her 2014 album It's the Girls!.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 378. 
  2. ^ a b Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 26 - The Soul Reformation: Phase two, the Motown story. [Part 5]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.