After messing with iTunes today, I bring you…
Selections from the album art file!
Remember “The Original Kings of Comedy”? I liked the difference between old-school and hip-hop: In old-school, there’s five guys and one microphone, in hip-hop, 20 guys and everybody has a microphone. That’s David Ruffin on the far right, a man confident enough to rock both that suit and the glasses. Of course, if you could sing like him, you would, too. (I’d bet a dollar that picture was taken somewhere in Detroit, and I’d love to know where.)
Funny to think about, but this is what passed for bad-asses in the mid-’60s. More James Dean than John Lennon, but if a boy wearing boots like the one on the left came to pick up your daughter in 1964, you’d be right to worry. I like it because it looks like every one of those guys held a day job at a tool-and-die shop somewhere. And maybe they did.
The post-Diana Supremes, here. I love the hair, of course, and the black turtlenecks. If anything said, “It’s not the ’60s anymore,” this picture did. That’s Jean Terrell at the top, Cindy Birdsong on the right and ever-faithful Mary Wilson at left. Their first album, post-Diana, was called “Right On.” I like the ’70s Supremes for their lack of Diana-ness, but mostly for “Up the Ladder to the Roof” and “Nathan Jones.”