The year is 1970. The location is Detroit, Michigan. I will be taking you and your ears on a journey to the heart of Detroit. What we will find there is one of the most influential music groups of the 20th Century. Of course, we are talking about The Temptations. This week’s 70s magic is “Hum Along and Dance”, a song with few words but it speaks for itself. It doesn’t sound like a song that was written and recorded. It sounds like they were just jamming out and someone happened to walk in and record them performing. This song is untraditional in the sense that the chorus is sung 3 times with no real structured verses. Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, and Dennis Edwards each had a turn in giving their best rendition of the chorus:
“Ain't no words to this song
You just dance and hum along
Said, ain't no words to this song
You just dance and hum along.”
Everything outside the chorus was fair game to do whatever they wanted. Eddie Kendricks delivers a silky smooth (yes, that is a Zohan reference) intro, Melvin Franklin brings the bass (literally sounds like a bass guitar at one point while he’s scatting), and Dennis Edwards comes in like a lighting bolt and brings us to the glorious jam session that ends the song. Your welcome in advance.
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