lundi 26 août 2013

Unique video: Marga's tribute to the Supremes (1983)

Marga's "Love Symphony" on VARA's "Vijf tegen vijf" (1983)

A very rare video of Marga Scheide has recently been uploaded to YouTubeIt shows the former Luv' lady singing a Supremes medley (entitled "Love Symphony") on VARA's program "Vijf tegen Vijf" on December 2nd 1983. This potpourri was produced by Jacques Zwart (who later became Marga's partner and died suddenly of a heart attack ten years ago). It was released by Carrere Records in the Netherlands and was licensed to Starborn Records in the USA in 1984. "Love Symphony" appeared on Luv's double CD "25 Jaar Na Waldolala" as a bonus track in 2003. The medley flopped but was broadcast on Black American radio stations. It was indeed marketed as a R&B single in Uncle Sam's country. 

To watch Marga's performance, click here

Front cover of Marga's Love Symphony 

12" version of "Love Symphony"

A few months before its release, a TV special "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever" was broadcast on NBC to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Motown Records (home to successful artists in the 1960s and 1970s: The Supremes, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5...). The impact of this TV show was huge: everybody remembers Michael Jackson performing the "Moonwalk" for the first time and the Soul classics sung by the most significant acts of the legendary label. It caused a revival of interest in Motown's music in the whole world. A string of popular singers (Phil Collins, David Bowie & Mick JaggerKim Wilde...) covered early Motown hits in the 1980s. Marga wanted to do the same and paid tribute to America's most succesful girl group "The Supremes" fronted by Diana Ross

US release of "Love Symphony"

Source: YouTube,, Beeld en Geluid

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