Deft footwork was required to get the Tops' new single into stores on 9 July 1965.
The group were still 'Ridin' High' even without the help of Holland-Dozier-Holland.
Even as the trio were riding the Hot 100 with 'The Happening,' they unveiled an album of classic show tunes.
'Come And Get These Memories' embodied the sound that Berry Gordy had been looking for.
'The Happening' became the Motown trio's tenth US pop No. 1 single in May 1967.
With her first two hits already secured, anticipation was high for Springfield's album debut.
After paying dues all through the 1960s, the American soul man's hard work finally paid dividends.
After many previous chart battles with The Beatles, the Motown trio unseated the Stones with 'Love Is Here And Now You're Gone.'
The propulsive, tension-filled number came flying off the pens of Holland, Dozier and Holland and into the Motown studio.
On 8 February 1975, the group proved that there was life after Norman Whitfield, climbed to No. 1 with ‘Happy People,’ co-written by Commodore Richie.
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'He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'' was nothing like the big hit it deserved to be, but it became a much-loved Hitsville highlight.
The Detroit native teamed up with his original bandmates in 1953, and has been a Top ever since.
On 21 November 1964, Gaye entered the Hot 100 with what would would become a new crossover success, but a UK entry for just one week on 12 December.
The chequered story of I Heard It Through The Grapevine included Gladys and the group's R&B No. 1 version, before Marvin took ownership of the song.