Monday, January 15, 2018

1965 - My World Is Empty Without You

Okay, I had a lot of options when it came to picking one song that had been performed by the Supremes. Although I love it, I wasn't about to touch "You Can't Hurry Love", since Phil Collins aced that back in 1982. So the contenders were "Stop! In The Name Of Love," "Where Did Our Love Go," and "My World Is Empty Without You."

All four songs were written by Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Brian Holland (usually credited as Holland-Dozier-Holland or simply as H-D-H). As I note in the introduction section of the video, they provided hits for other Motown acts, including Martha and the Vandellas, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and others.

This song is pretty bleak, but it captures the essential feeling of heartbreak - a life that was full (even if things weren't going all that well) has been hollowed out. My world - empty, indeed.

Please share your musical memories of the mid-60s and be sure to catch up if you missed any earlier SixtySongs. 

Meanwhile, 1966 is just around the corner, and it will bring a classic Neil Diamond song and a hit from Simon and Garfunkel. I hope you'll join me then.

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