0585 Shop Around – The Miracles (1960)

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Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy.

Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy wrote Shop Around in 1960. It was recorded by The Miracles and released as a single. The B-side was Who’s Lovin’ You. It reached number two on the Billboard chart and number one on the R&B chart. Debbie Dean released an answer song, Don’t Let Him Shop Around, in 1961. The song has been covered by Mary Wells, Johnnie Ray, Georgie Fame and Bobby Vee. Merseybeat group The Liverbirds recorded the song in 1965 and released it as their début single. The B-side was It’s Got To Be You. John Lennon had The Miracles’ single on his 1965 jukebox. Smokey Robinson and The Miracles were a big influence on The Beatles. Their sound influenced songs like Ask My Why, All I’ve Got To Do and This Boy. John once said “The Beatles were always supposing that they were Smokey Robinson”. George Harrison later wrote two songs in tribute to Smokey Robinson, Ooh Baby (You Know That I Love You) and Pure Smokey.

Now Hear This : Ask Me Why – The Beatles (1963)
All I’ve Got To Do – The Beatles (1963)
This Boy – The Beatles (1963)
Shop Around – The Liverbirds (1965)
Ooh Baby (You Know That I Love You) – George Harrison (1975)
Pure Smokey – George Harrison (1976)

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