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Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

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Category: Stevie Wonder

“Purple Rain Drops” of Late ’65

The first “purple rain” musical reference, researchers at Zero to 180 assert, comes from Stevie Wonder — though to be fair, from the pen of Ted Hull.  Most intriguingly of all: “Purple Rain Drops” would spend its entire adult life as a B-side, never to be included on a 12-inch

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“Love a Go Go”: Stevie Answers Smokey?

I recently picked up a copy of Stevie Wonder’s 1966 album, Uptight, and was intrigued     to discover that Motown chose one of the stronger tracks – “Love a Go Go” – to lead off the album while at the same time electing to hold back the song from single release. 

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