1964

THE MAN IN YOU * THE MIRACLES * TAMLA 54092 * USA

(You Can't Let The Boy Overpower) The Man In You is a didactic and  inspirational tale of the transition from childhood to adult, placing responsibility at the heart of this remarkable transition. Written and produced by lead singer Smokey Robinson, the morality of this, and other early Miracles songs (Shop Around, Everybody's Gotta Pay Some Dues, etc.,) was aimed at a specific section of society but is a lesson that can be useful to everybody. Sadly it was the last of such songs, from then on it was all pure love songs and novelty dance numbers. I imagine that the success of the Motown corporation by this time meant the weeding out of not only moral tales like this but also the Bluesy R&B stuff like Mable John's I Guess There's No Love and everything else that didn't conform with the sound that Berry Gordy was putting together that would become known internationally as Tamla-Motown. It wasn't until the late 1960s when protest songs and moral tales, from the likes of the Temptations and Marvin Gaye, would be a force in the Motown oeuvre, although they never again had the simple person to person intimacy.

See also:

Everybodyís Gotta Pay Some Dues Whatís So Good About Good-By Youíve Really Got A Hold On Me I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying
Ooo Baby Baby My Girl Has Gone I Like It Like That Happy Landing Baby Donít You Go
Whoís Lovin You That' s What Love Is Made Of Shop Around Whatever Makes You Happy Way Over There

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