Each day, Rich Terfry and Radio 2 Drive wraps up your day with music and stories about the interesting things going on in the world. Today, Pete Morey sits in the hot seat as Rich tours his new album, Neverlove.
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Three times a week, Rich Terfry looks back in our Rear-view Mirror at a great song from the good ol’ days. Today, Pete Morey steps in for Rich and gives the story behind "There's a Ghost in My House".
Click Play to hear Pete give the Canadian connection of Motown Records
In the 1960's, Motown records became famous for its incredible roster of soul artists like Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, and the Jackson 5. The small row house in Detroit, where the studio was based, became a soul music factory pumping out hit after hit. The label was a tribute to Detroit’s nickname “Motor City”. It was as American as a eating apple pie, in a Ford Mustang.
They had an American song writing team that was without equal in Lamont Dozier and the brothers Eddie and Brian Holland. However, nestled in amongst all that American talent was the lone Canadian, R Dean Taylor. Richard Dean Taylor was born in Toronto. He stared singing in the early '60s and almost broke into the top 20 CHUM charts with his song, "I'll Remember".
He decided to move across the border to further his career. Not many people consider a move to Detroit good for the career, but in 1964 it was the place to be if you were a musician. He was taken on as a songwriter at Motown. He started working with the hit making trio Holland- Dozier-Holland. Together, they worked on his biggest hit "There's a Ghost in My House". It was a commercial flop. So he started writing for other artists at the label. He helped write some of the biggest hits for Diana Ross and the Supremes including "Love child", a number 1 hit.
R Dean Taylor had all but given up on a career as a singer. Then, 7 years after his spectral song failed to chart in North America, it became a number 3 smash in the UK. A new generation of Soul music fans in Northern England were looking for rare soul cuts they could dance the night away to at clubs like the Wigan Casino or the Blackpool Mecca. "There's a Ghost in my House" was a dance floor filler! It was a re-birth for Taylor’s career. So here’s a Canadian soul song from the lone Canuck at Motown studios. A chart smash in the UK. R Dean Taylor's "There's a Ghost in My House":
Here are some other great editions of Rear-view Mirror:
The Ronettes/Walking in the Rain
Buddy Holly/Peggy Sue
Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto/The Girl From Ipanema
Norman Greenbaum/Spirit in the Sky
Elvis Presley/Blue Suede Shoes
Johnny Cash/Ring of Fire
The Kinks/You Really Got Me
Al Green/Let's Stay Together
Simon and Garfunkel/The Boxer
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles/Tracks of my Tears
Elvis Presley/Heartbreak Hotel
Bruce Cockburn/Lovers In A Dangerous Time
The Doors - Light My Fire
Bob Dylan & Jimi Hendrix/All Along The Watchtower
The Clash/London Calling
Phil Spector and the Ronnettes/Be My Baby
Os Mutantes/Ando Meio Desligado
The Diamonds/Little Darlin
Captain Beefheart/Yellow Brick Road
Elton John/Bennie and the Jets
Hank Williams/Long Gone Lonesome Blues
R.E.M./What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
Tom Waits/Jockey Full of Bourbon
Neil Diamond/Sweet Caroline
The Who/Pinball Wizard
Buffalo Springfield/For What It's Worth
Five Man Electrical Band/Signs
Band Aid/Do They Know It's Christmas
The Ugly Ducklings/Nothin
Bob Dylan/Tangled Up In Blue
The Beatles/Norwegian Wood
The Pursuit of Happiness/I'm An Adult Now
Bruce Springsteen/Born To Run
Arcade Fire/Wake Up
Big Joe Turner/Shake Rattle and Roll
Martha and the Muffins/Echo Beach
Wilson Pickett/In The Midnight Hour
The Band/The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Fleetwood Mac/Go Your Own Way
The Animals/House of the Rising Sun
Ian and Sylvia/Four Strong Winds
James Brown/Please Please Please
John Cougar Mellencamp, 'Pink Houses'
The Ramones/I Wanna Be Sedated
The Guess Who/American Woman
U2/I Still Have't Found What I'm Looking For
Janis Joplin/Me and Bobby McGee
Gordon Lightfoot "If You Could Read My Mind"
The Byrds "Eight Miles High"
Simon and Garfunkel "The Sound of Silence"
Bill Haley and his Comets "Rock Around The Clock"
The Velvet Underground "I'm Waiting For The Man"
Johnny Cash "Folsom Prison Blues"
Bobby Fuller "I Fought The Law"
Big Star "September Gurls"
The Hollies "Bus Stop"
Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
Booker T and the MGs "Green Onions"
Jimi Hendrix "Hey Joe"
Neil Young "Rockin' in the Free World"
Dolly Parton "Jolene"
The Left Banke "Walk Away Renee"
Lou Reed "Walk On The Wild Side"
James Taylor "Fire And Rain"
The Clash "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
Marvin Gaye "Sexual Healing"
Radiohead "Paranoid Android"
M.I.A. "Paper Planes"
The Animals "We Gotta Get Out of this Place"
Dusty Springfield "Son of a Preacher Man"
Screamin' Jay Hawkins "I Put A Spell On You"
Cheap Trick "Surrender"
Mott The Hoople "All the Young Dudes"
Beach Boys "Sloop John B"
Amy Winehouse "Rehab"
New York Dolls "Personality Crisis"
Modern Lovers "Roadrunner"
George Jones "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
Bruce Springsteen "Born in the USA"
The Beatles "With A Little Help From My Friends"
Rolling Stones 'Miss You'
The Coasters 'Run Red Run'
Elvis Costello, 'Alison'
James Brown, 'Hot (I Need to be loved loved loved)'
Inner Circle, 'Tenement Yard'
Ray Charles, 'I Don't Need No Doctor'
Curtis Mayfield, 'Freddy's Dead'
Gang Starr, 'Beyond Comprehension'
Bo Diddley, 'Bo Diddley'
Aretha Franklin, 'Rocksteady'
CCR, 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain'
Howlin' Wolf, 'Smokestack Lightning'
Bobby Womack, 'Across 110th Street'
Roy Orbison, 'In Dreams'
Foggy Hogtown Boys, 'Man of Constant Sorrow'
Pink Floyd, 'Wish You Were Here'
Neil Young, 'Cortez The Killer'
Bob Dylan, 'Subterranean Homesick Blues'
Little Eva, 'Loco-Motion'
Elvis Costello, 'Watching the Detectives'
Jimmy Cliff, 'The Harder They Come'
The Verve, 'Bittersweet Symphony'
Roberta Flack, 'Killing Me Softly with his Song'
R.E.M., 'Radio Free Europe'
Radiohead, 'No Surprises'
Led Zeppelin, 'Ramble On'
Rolling Stones, 'Beast of Burden'
Glen Campbell, 'Wichita Lineman'