Two Lovers (Mary Wells song)
|Single by Mary Wells|
|from the album Two Lovers|
|Recorded||Hitsville USA; 1962|
|Mary Wells singles chronology|
"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, 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 Wells's most successful release to date, reaching #1 on the Billboard R&B chart and #7 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."
- Lead (and additional) background vocal by Mary Wells
- Background vocals by The Love Tones (Joe Miles and Stan Bracely, with Eddie Kendricks of The Temptations)
- Written and produced by Smokey Robinson
- Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers
- 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.
- The Disney Channel featured the song in a D-TV music video set entirely to clips from the 1936 Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey's Rival.
- Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 25 - The Soul Reformation: Phase two, the Motown story. [Part 4]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 617.
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