• The Darnells (2) (Inkster, Michigan)

    Personnel :

    Gladys Horton (Lead)

    Louvain Demps

    Marlene Barrow

    Jackie Hicks Demps Barrow

    Discography :

    1963 - Too Hurt To Cry, Too Much In Love To Say Goodbye / Come On Home (Gordy 7024)

    Biography :

    The Darnells  were a made-up group, yes, featuring Gladys Horton of the Marvelettes on lead, backed up by Louvain Demps, Marlene Barrow and Jackie Hicks – the immortal Andantes. Now, on a lot of Motown records credited to a group (the Supremes being the best-known example), the Andantes would fill in on backing vocals in place of the actual group members.

    The Andantes (Hicks, Demps, Barrow)                                                               

    Be it for logistical reasons (the group themselves might be out touring, say), or as an artistic improvement, it was usually a rather effective strategy, if also somewhat morally ambiguous. So to that extent, this is as much a Marvelettes record as some of their official singles.

                                                                                  Gladys Horton

    But it’s not, strictly speaking, the Marvelettes; if anything, Motown was being surprisingly honest in noting this was a different group. "Come On Home" was credited to the Darnells, but was according to the studio log down to Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier, The Four Tops, The Andantes and The Temptations.

    Songs :

    Too Hurt To Cry, Too Much ....                  Come On Home




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