Barbara Lewis – 1965 Baby, I’m Yours – 1968 Workin’ On A Groovy Thing

Barbara Lewis – 1965 – Baby I’m yours

Barbara was a less dramatic singer than label mate Aretha Franklin, but she was a top quality soul singer with a wonderful, clear, soprano voice. She had three big American hits, these being “Hello stranger”, “Baby I’m yours” and “Puppy Love”.

Barbara Lewis is one of many singers who have largely been forgotten. This early album proves that she had the talent to be a major star. If you enjoy sixties soul music and you want to look beyond the famous names, this is for you.

Tracks
A1 Baby I’m Yours 2:28
A2 My Heart Went Do Dat Da 2:20
A3 Come Home 2:35
A4 Think a Little Sugar 2:19
A5 If You Love Her 2:13
A6 Stop That Girl 2:29
B1 Puppy Love 2:24
B2 Hello Stranger 2:42
B3 Someday We’re Gonna Love Again 2:02
B4 Snap Your Fingers 2:46
B5 How Can I Say Goodbye 2:47
B6 Straighten up Your Heart 2.24

No singular adjective does justice to Barbara Lewis’ voice. Her delivery was silky smooth. And while her sound was somewhat sweet, she had a soulfullness that always kept her recordings from getting sappy. Today, she is mostly forgotten by the general public, which is a huge shame. Lewis had her own niche, somewhere between the light pop sounds of Diana Ross and Dionne Warwick, and the fiery soul of Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight.

Barbara Lewis had a couple of unforgettable hits that no oldies station can do without: “Hello Stranger” and “Baby, I’m Yours.” She is noteworthy just for those two songs, but she recorded a number of other pop/soul gems, and has become a legend in Beach Music circles.

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Barbara Lewis – 1968 – Workin’ On A Groovy Thing

A record that was issued quite a few years after Barbara Lewis’ debut for Atlantic, but a set that’s equally great thanks to some impeccable production from the great Ollie McLaughlin! The set’s got a sound that’s a bit more upbeat and soaring than some of Lewis’ earlier work a groove that’s clearly picked up the Detroit styles of the late 60s, but which still retains all the careful classic that Barbara brought to her music. Very sweet, very soulful, and an essential piece of 60′s soul.

Tracks
A1 I’ll Keep Believin’ 2.44
A2 Workin’ on a Groovy Thing 3.02
A3 Make Me Your Baby 2.30
A4 Girls Need Loving Care 2.40
A5 I Remember the Feeling 2.30
A6 Baby, What You Want Me to Do 2.45
B1 Make Me Belong to You 2.27
B2 Love Makes the World Go ‘Round 2.47
B3 I’ll Make Him Love Me 2.17
B4 Only All the Time 2.06
B5 Sho-Nuff (It’s Got to Be Your Love) 2.33
B6 Thankful 2.44

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Barbara Lewis was a hit crossover Soul-Pop success in the 1960s. She was born and started her career in Michigan, but really broke through when she moved to New York City and started working with Jerry Wexler who added some orchestration behind her. That’s the sound you find on Workin On A Groovy Thing. Where she puts all those elements together is on I’ll Keep Believin with plenty of strings and some subtle horns. The rest tend to be lighter numbers but still good such as Workin On A Groovy Thing, I Remember The Feeling, and Make Me Belong To You. The best track might be Sho-Nuff with an uplifting feel and a stripped down Soul rhythm.

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  1. Dreamer456 says:

    Thanks so much Nikos. Can’t wait to listen to these.

  2. Doctor Okeh says:

    NIKOS!!! HATS OFF BRUDDA!!!, I’ve always wanted to hear these albums in full as well as having digi copies….always doin it up swell my man TY TY TY!

  3. jahcisco says:

    Thanks for sharing. Much appreciated.

  4. funkyDD says:

    One of the prettiest and most soulful vocals of that era…She just produced joy and tears in all of us teenagers at that time…
    Thanks for the memory!!!

  5. nikos1109 says:

    Just wrote that “Barbara Lewis spent what would become the last afternoon of Sharon Tate’s life with the pregnant actress at her Benedict Canyon estate on August 8th, 1969. Thank God she left before the Manson Family showed up.” is that really true?

  6. Soul is the Music says:

    She has a really one-of-a-kind memorable vocal style. The little, subtle movements in her voice, and that pretty nervous/quavering vibrato is very distinct and unmistakable. Unique singing quality.

  7. jean says:

    never heard….and now that i know…i like that…so soul

  8. JTF says:

    you make he happy

  9. hooch says:

    If You Love Her – What a TUNE!!!!

    Many thanks Nikos!

  10. Marion says:

    Smoooth! A favorite from my childhood.

  11. nikos1109 says:

    Check “Baby I’m yours” covered by Arctic Monkeys http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0jR8adohcY&feature=related

  12. Keith says:

    Cool tunes. Thanks for posting.

  13. Trakbuv says:

    Hi Nikos – This is definitely one I would ordinarily skip over being before my time (and consequently off my limited radar). But what a tragic omission that would have been. She has such a sweet, subtle soulfulness, you could almost miss it. And that’s her strength – enchanting !!!

    I was already familiar with ‘Baby I’m yours’ and ‘Hello stranger’, both being a touch too pop for me. But on closer inspection and patience, her soulfulness begins to shine through, most noticeably on the tracks ‘Think a little sugar’, ‘If you love her’, and ‘Stop that girl’ (my fave) and the lazy ‘Snap your fingers’, all appealing to a 70s soul lover like me.

    Now my jaded eardrums have acquainted with her charming style – I’m addicted !! Thanks Nikos for adding Barbara Lewis to my catalogue of all-time favourite female soulstresses !!!!

  14. Mariza says:

    Haven’t heard Barbara since early 70s, CLASSIC! Always loved it! Love it!

  15. Gea says:

    I have always loved her voice, and I am glad she is still around to sing these beautiful classics! Great lady, and gifted to sing. She is one of my favorites, and she makes the top five classic lady singers on my list. Connie Francis, Patsy Cline, Barbara Lewis, all my favorites!

  16. manny says:

    thanks for posting, this is new to me

  17. S.T. says:

    just another flavour!,luvin it

  18. Sandra says:

    “Baby I’m yours” oh what a song!!! Barbara’s voice is so smooth and liquid…she set the standard for this song, and even though other great singers have recorded this, they haven’t matched this recording.

  19. Alexis says:

    one of the most lovely 60´s femmes voice…

  20. Brunetti says:

    Hey Nikos, great post, thanks…..Do you know the album snap your fingers by Barbara Lewis on atlantic 8090, my copy is in a bad condition maybe you can did one better…………….
    greetingz from austria

  21. Desperado says:

    this lady made some beautiful fucking great music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Funkypitt says:

    This is a JEWEL ! I appreciate all the hard work you’re putting into it. Rare records are like sad children who can’t find nobody to play (with) them anymore ! Thanks to you, they’re happy again !

  23. phatrapper says:

    Thanks for putting thesse two up Nikos! Still can’t get onto 4BB tho!

  24. windy says:

    She has a really one-of-a-kind memorable vocal style. The little, subtle movements in her voice, and that pretty nervous/quavering vibrato is very distinct and unmistakable. Unique singing quality.

  25. jagaur says:

    Many thanks for these 2 great LPs.

  26. johnny says:

    Timeless hits! Great times!

  27. Noa says:

    Amazing Barbara! Innocent 60′s when music was coming from the heart!

  28. roger1 says:

    thanks , your appreciated

  29. rich says:

    nikos thank you for these wonderful albums quick ? is this the girl that sings the song called yes am ready

  30. nikos1109 says:

    Rich, Barbara Mason sings “Yes, I’m ready”

  31. invisiblenigma says:

    Great Album!! Much Thanks Nikos

  32. rich says:

    i got them mixed up thank u nikos

  33. robert says:

    Thanks for the great Barbara Lewis posts!

  34. analog6 says:

    I’ve always loved “Baby I’m Yours”, which has that classic heartbreak vibe. When I first heard “Hello Stranger”, I thought it was the Miracles backing her up (I’ve since heard it was the Dells). What a treat it’ll be to check out the rest of her album sides. Thanks again, Nikos.

  35. liam says:

    Great, thx

  36. cafecafecafe says:

    Thanks. I love her.

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