Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Song of the Week: The Velvelettes - Needle In A Haystack and Should I Tell Him

Needle In A Haystack
Should I Tell Him
Yesterday we gave you Welsh blue-eyed soul singer, Tawny Reed, performing Needle In A Haystack from '65. We return today with the original version of Needle In A Haystack. 

Needle In A Haystack was first recorded by a lightly known Michigan girl group called The Velvelettes on the Motown Records subsidiary, V.I.P. Records, in September of 1964. It was their second single. The Velvelettes had a rotating cast of members, but the heart of the band was Bertha Barbee McNeal, Mildred Gill, Betty Kelly and Carolyn Gill. Carolyn took the reigns as the lead singer. 

We're also including the Flip-Side, the more than solid Should I Tell Him which really allows Carolyn Gill to show off her singing chops. It's a fine double sided gem. 

The band went on to record another local hit the next year, He Was Really Saying Something, which was covered by the Terry Hall controlled band, Bananarama, in the mid-80s.
Until next time, we'll see you On The Flip-Side!


  1. Needle In A Haystack is very fine songwriting. Do you know anything about the authors?

    You better look before you leap! Yeah!
    Still waters sometimes are very deep!

    1. Norman Whitfield was the songwriter and the producer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Whitfield

      Very prolific.