Tamla Motown’s First Supergroup: The Miracles.
Above Photo: Screenshot of The Miracles’ lead singer, Billy Griffin singing Love Machine on US TV. When I look at these images, I wonder how this band would be marketed today – no doubt as heat-packing badass rappers.
I mention The Miracles’ single, Love Machine in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!, as it remains a stand-out single from the mid-1970s discos I was going to in suburban Liverpool, long before I got into Punk.
The Miracles were phenomenally popular in the US, where they were often referred to as Tamla Motown’s first Supergroup, and they had over fifty chart hits in less than 20 years.
Love Machine was released in 1975 and proved to be the band’s gateway to much wider international success, the single reaching Number 3 in the UK charts in 1976, where it became the band’s only chart entry following the departure of Smokey Robinson.
The song has been used in countless films and has been covered by many artists including Wham on their 1983 album ‘Fantastic’, which their cover most definitely wasn’t. I didn’t think it added anything to The Miracles’ version, but that’s another story…
Below is a You Tube links to Love machine.
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