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  •  I thought about Holland-Dozier-Holland. Was Gordy (5+ / 0-)

    that good? I'd have guessed there were half a dozen Motown writers or teams ahead of him. Though perhaps he did some good earlier work with Jackie Wilson et al., and he helped the Jackson Five. I think by '65 his main poetic impulse was counting the money. Indeed, one of his greatest gems was:

    The best things in life are free,
    But you can give them to the birds and bees,
    I want money
    Okay, looking at lists of songs, Holland-Dozier-Holland would win Motown. Now, you'll notice from my poll that I was just looking at individuals. Hence Lennon stands alone. In fact, Lennon-McCartney are not only a great team, but one of the minority where they each had equal facility with words and with music - so they had a synergy that Jagger-Richards rarely reach.

    I knew Goffin-King wrote some great songs, but I didn't know just how many. Pleasant Valley Sunday is a very sharp little satire, and Goin' Back is a lovely song.

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    by Brecht on Fri May 24, 2013 at 08:32:52 PM PDT

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    •  i love Macca. He is the Melodymaster. but (4+ / 0-)

      he definitely did not have equal facility with words and music, as his solo efforts prove.  they succeed in spite of strange lyrics, because his melodies are timeless.

      I definitely agree about Holland Dozier Holland insofar as Motown.

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      by TrueBlueMajority on Sat May 25, 2013 at 08:19:57 AM PDT

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      •  Well, Macca's inordinately gifted with music: he's (3+ / 0-)

        the most naturally musically gifted of the Beatles, with such a bold sense of melody. His bass inventions, during the last few years of the Beatles, amaze me.

        I could cherry-pick his work to show what he was capable of lyrically - Eleanor Rigby is mostly his, and Band on the Run maintains a high standard. But you're right that the music just rains on his fertile imagination.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Sat May 25, 2013 at 09:31:44 AM PDT

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