Monday, July 1, 2013

Under The Covers: I'll Keep Holding On by The Action and The Marvelettes

We're going to spend the better part of this week looking at well-known(ish) UK hits and the lesser known original versions of those hits.

Today we start with the song, I'll Keep Holding On. Among the garage record lovers, the song is probably best known as the preeminent song from London mod band, The Action, who released the number on Parlophone in February, 1966. I'll go on record here and say that this is one of those very rare occasions in which the cover exceeds the original. I'm particularly fond of the rhythm section of Mike "The Ace" Evans and drummer Roger Powell. Singer Reg King has a flawless delivery and guitarists Alan "Bam" King and Peter Watson round it out.
The Action
The Marvelettes released the original on the Motown subsidiary, Tamla, in May of 1965. The band was Gladys Horton, Katherine Anderson, Wanda Young and Georgeanna Tillman at the time of the recording. Beautiful vocals abound.
The Marvelettes

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