Do You Love Me — A composition written by the great Berry Gordy himself. The perfect start to our second album with nine-year old Danielle Gansky telling us that she’s “back to really shake ‘em down.”
For Once In My Life — The first of three songs on the album by the incomparable Steveland Morris, or as you probably know him, Stevie Wonder. This is also the first song on our album with lead vocals by the equally incomparable Phillys Heitjan. Do you hear that great vocal belting out this song? She is only seventeen. We think you’ll say what we did when we first heard her — wow!
Reach Out (I’ll Be There) — We thought this was a great one for the young kids, both with it’s bounding R&B beat and the great lyrics. After all, who does not say to their children: “reach out, I’ll be there.”
You Can’t Hurry Love — By the great Diana Ross and the Supremes. During the 2006 season of American Idol, the contestants sang Motown songs one night. Frankly, we think The Bingo Kids version of this great song blows them all away!
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugarpie Honeybunch) — This was the first song we chose for our second album due to its great lyric that we imagined as from a parent to a child — aren’t they all our sugarpies and honeybunches? Make sure you check out the great sax, played by Pete Johnson.
Rockin’ Robin — Technically not an original Motown song, this tune was first recorded by Bobby Day and taken to #1 by The Dave Clark Five, but it was Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5, who really took this song to new heights. Kids love the “tweedle-ee-deedle-ee-deets”, but try singing it fast in the studio…a bit of a tongue twister.
Please, Mr. Postman — A little synergy here…this was a song made famous by both the Motown label with The Marvelettes (the first Motown song to reach #1 on The Billboard Top 100 chart) and later by The Beatles. We chose to do the Motown version. Check out the way 14 year-old Alison Anghel belts out her soulful rendition.
Ain’t No Mountain — One of the most recognized and covered of all Motown tunes. We modeled our version after the Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell version. A shout out to Howie Gordon, who meticulously arranged all the string parts and played keyboards on all the songs, note-for-note, which is no small feat.
Uptight (Everything’s Alright) — Another one by our favorite Motown artist, Stevie Wonder. This song marked the first time he co-wrote his own song. The original version continues to be highly popular on R&B radio and we think our version will find great popularity with kids of all ages.
Tears Of A Clown — A signature song of Smokey Robinson and The Miracles. The original was noted for the unique orchestration under Smokey’s silky singing voice. We kept perfectly faithful to that instrumentation and of course, once again the talented Phyllis Heitjan gave a stellar vocal performance. When she becomes a famous recording star, you’ll be able to say you heard her first — singing with The Bingo Kids! Interesting fact: Stevie Wonder co-wrote this one. By the way, this might be a good song to instigate a conversation with your kids about expressing emotions and not hiding their feelings (like Pagliachi did in the song’s bridge).
What’s Going On — We love this song! Our version starts with an homage to the original performed by the late, great Marvin Gaye, with our own Bingo kids echoing the party dialogue from the original version. The lead vocal is taken hear by the esteemed recording artist Jim Boggia. Listen to the lyrics: they are as true today as they were back in 1971: “War is not the answer,” and “We’ve got to find a way to bring some understanding here today”.
How Sweet It Is — What more can we say than this great lyric, perfect for parents and children of all ages: “How sweet it is to be loved by you”. The song was originally made famous by Marvin Gaye, but many know it through the popular version recorded by James Taylor.
My Girl — Bingo Records co-owner, Michael Silver, relates that this is the one song he constantly sings over and over to his two daughters. After almost 5 years it has not gotten old. “I picture my daughters and I dancing to this song at their weddings,” says Silver. We were also able to play a copy of our version of this Temptations song to their longtime guitarist, Bill Neale, who commented that our version captured the soul of the original Motown classic with what he called “fresh and flawless production.” We were certainly pleased to be able to gain such praise from the man who performed this song countless times with the original artists!
Dancing In The Street — On April 12, 2006, it was announced that Martha and the Vandellas' version of "Dancing in the Street" would be one of 50 sound recordings preserved by the Library of Congress to the National Recording Registry. Lead singer Martha Reeves was thrilled saying, “it's a song that just makes you want to get up and dance”. We agree and hope that our version gets your kids up and dancing too!
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours — What a way to close the album! The incomparable Scott Bricklin joins the Bingo Kids in this tour de force of energy, momentum, fun and musical joy. Horns, funky guitar, soaring melodies, bouncing bass, and an unforgettable hook on this last Stevie Wonder song. We dare you not to get up and dance when this one comes on!