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"Hum Along and Dance"
B-side/album track by The Temptations
From the album Psychedelic Shack
Released 1970
Single Format vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Genre Soul
Record label Gordy
Producer Norman Whitfield
Album track by Rare Earth
From the album Ma
Released 1973
Genre Rock
Record label Rare Earth
Producer Norman Whitfield
Album track by The Jackson 5
From the album Get It Together
Released 1973
Genre Funk
Record label Motown
Producer Norman Whitfield

"Hum Along and Dance" is a soul song written for the Motown label by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong. Originally recorded by The Temptations, the song was later covered by Motown acts Rare Earth and The Jackson 5. The song is essentially an instrumental piece and a vehicle for scatting and improvisational vocals, since, as the chorus (the song's only actual lyric) states, "ain't no words to this song/you just dance and hum along". All three versions of the song were produced by Whitfield. In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... An album (from Latin albus white, blank, relating to a blank book in which something can be inserted) is a packaged collection of related things. ... The Classic 5 lineup of the Temptations, circa 1965. ... 1970 was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 33⅓ LP vinyl record album The vinyl record is a type of gramophone record, most popular from the 1950s to the 1990s, that was most commonly used for mass-produced recordings of music. ... For alternate uses, see Number 45. ... Musical genres are categories which contain music which share a certain style or which have certain elements in common. ... The soul according to many religious and philosophical traditions, is the ethereal substance — spirit (compare Hebrew rooah or nefesh) — particular to a unique living being. ... A record label is a brand created by companies that specialize in manufacturing, distributing and promoting audio and video recordings, on various formats including compact discs, LPs, DVD-Audio, SACDs, and cassettes. ... Motown Record Company, L.P., also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label specializing in the musical genres of R&B, pop, soul music, and hip-hop music. ... In the music industry, record producer designates a person responsible for completing a master recording so that it is fit for release. ... Norman Whitfield (born in 1943) was a songwriter and producer for Berry Gordys Motown label during the 1960s. ... An album (from Latin albus white, blank, relating to a blank book in which something can be inserted) is a packaged collection of related things. ... Rare Earth was a Detroit rock band on a label affiliated with Motown in the 1970s and was the first act signed by Motown that consisted entirely of white members. ... 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... Musical genres are categories which contain music which share a certain style or which have certain elements in common. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... A record label is a brand created by companies that specialize in manufacturing, distributing and promoting audio and video recordings, on various formats including compact discs, LPs, DVD-Audio, SACDs, and cassettes. ... Motown Record Company, L.P., also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label specializing in the musical genres of R&B, pop, soul music, and hip-hop music. ... In the music industry, record producer designates a person responsible for completing a master recording so that it is fit for release. ... Norman Whitfield (born in 1943) was a songwriter and producer for Berry Gordys Motown label during the 1960s. ... An album (from Latin albus white, blank, relating to a blank book in which something can be inserted) is a packaged collection of related things. ... The cover to the Jackson 5s first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, released on Motown Records in 1969. ... 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... Musical genres are categories which contain music which share a certain style or which have certain elements in common. ... Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ... A record label is a brand created by companies that specialize in manufacturing, distributing and promoting audio and video recordings, on various formats including compact discs, LPs, DVD-Audio, SACDs, and cassettes. ... Motown Record Company, L.P., also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label specializing in the musical genres of R&B, pop, soul music, and hip-hop music. ... In the music industry, record producer designates a person responsible for completing a master recording so that it is fit for release. ... Norman Whitfield (born in 1943) was a songwriter and producer for Berry Gordys Motown label during the 1960s. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Motown Record Company, L.P., also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label specializing in the musical genres of R&B, pop, soul music, and hip-hop music. ... Norman Whitfield (born in 1943) was a songwriter and producer for Berry Gordys Motown label during the 1960s. ... Barrett Strong (born February 5, 1941 in West Point, Mississippi) is an African-American singer and songwriter. ... The Classic 5 lineup of the Temptations, circa 1965. ... Rare Earth was a Detroit rock band on a label affiliated with Motown in the 1970s and was the first act signed by Motown that consisted entirely of white members. ... The cover to the Jackson 5s first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, released on Motown Records in 1969. ... An instrumental is, in contrast to a song, a musical composition or piece without lyrics or any other sort of vocal music; all of the music is produced by musical instruments. ... Scat has several different meanings: Scat singing is an improvisational vocal technique in jazz, developed by trumpet virtuoso Louis Armstrong, in which nonsensical syllables or words are sung, often as part of a call-and-response interaction with other musicians. ...


Temptations version

The original version of "Hum Along and Dance" was recorded by The Temptations in early 1970 as an album track for the Psychedelic Shack album. The track, one of the Temptations' many psychedelic soul recordings, features Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, and Dennis Edwards taking turns in delivering the song's chorus and scatting over the instrumental track. The Funk Brothers were the instrumentalists for this version of "Hum Along and Dance", and Whitfield uses a number of echo effects and stereo-panning effects on their tracks during the song. Towards the final few bars of the record, Otis Williams delivers a heavily echoed chant: "Come on man/take a drag/don't be afraid/it ain't gonna hurt you", an overt reference to marijuana use. In fact, on the Psychedelic Shack album, "Hum Along and Dance" leads directly into "Take a Stroll Through Your Mind", an eight-minute ode to marijuana use. The Classic 5 lineup of the Temptations, circa 1965. ... 1970 was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Psychedelic soul is a subgenre of soul music that thrived during the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... Eddie Kendricks (Edward James Kendricks) (December 17, 1939, - October 5, 1992) was an African-American tenor singer. ... Melvin Franklin was the bass voice for The Temptations until his death in 1995. ... Dennis Edwards (born February 3, 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an African-American soul and R&B singer, most noted for being one of The Temptations lead singers. ... The Funk Brothers were the house band at Detroits Motown Records from 1959 to 1972, when the company moved to Los Angeles. ... Echo is: Echo - character in Greek mythology echo - natural phenomenon Echo sounding Forward echo Echo, Minnesota Echo Township, Minnesota Echo Township, Michigan Echo Lake, Washington The rock band Echo & the Bunnymen The 1999 album Echo by Tom Petty the letter E in the NATO phonetic alphabet. ... Stereo or stereophony generally refers to dual-channel sound recording and sound reproduction – sound that contains data for more than one speaker simultaneously. ... A chant is the rhythmic speaking or singing of words or sounds, either on a single pitch or with a simple notes and often including a great deal of repetition or statis. ... Cannabis is a plant which is consumed by humans as a psychoactive drug. ...


The track was released as the b-side of their 1970 single "Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite the World)". In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ...


Rare Earth version

Rock band Rare Earth's version was released as an album track for their 1973 album Ma. Their version features instrumentation from the various members of the band, with harder guitar chords, and a prominent organ line. Lead singer Gil Bridges offers an excuse for the lack of lyrics ("you see, we didn't have time to write none") and urges to the listener to "get it!" (that is, dance). Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Rare Earth was a Detroit rock band on a label affiliated with Motown in the 1970s and was the first act signed by Motown that consisted entirely of white members. ... 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... The classical guitar typically has 3 nylon and 3 nickel-wound strings. ... This article or section should be merged with Pipe organ The Casavant pipe organ at Notre-Dame de Montréal Basilica, Montreal The organ is a type of keyboard musical instrument, distinctive because the sound is not produced by a percussion action, as on a piano or celesta, or by... A contemporary dancer rehearsing in a dance studio Dance generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. ...


Jackson 5 version

The Jackson 5 version of "Hum Along and Dance" appeared on their 1973 album Get It Together. The lead vocals are primarily handled by Jackie Jackson and Tito Jackson, with Michael Jackson appearing towards the end. Although the Jackson brothers are heard yelling out "play it Tito" and "play it Jermaine, the actual instrumentalists on the track were Los Angeles studio players. Motown did not allow the Jacksons to play their own instruments or write and produce their own material, and the lack of creative freedom would cause the group to leave for CBS Records within two years of making this recording. The cover to the Jackson 5s first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, released on Motown Records in 1969. ... 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... Jackie Jackson (born Sigmund Esco Jackson on May 4, 1951 in Gary, Indiana) is co-lead singer and the eldest member of The Jackson Five. ... Tito Jackson, or his real name, Toriano Adaryll Jackson, was born on October 15, 1953. ... Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson (born August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana), is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. ... Jermaine Jackson Jermaine Lajuane Jackson (born December 11, 1954 in Gary, Indiana) is the brother of American pop stars Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ...


This version of "Hum Along and Dance" is stylistically similar to the Rare Earth version, and features nearly the same arrangement with more of an electric funk sound added to the mix. A bewildered Michael Jackson is heard asking, upon hearing the song's chorus, "ain't no words? What you mean?" His band mate and brother Tito Jackson replies, as he has been doing throughout the song, by reiterating Gil Bridges' reasoning: "we ain't have time to write none". Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ... Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson (born August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana), is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. ... Tito Jackson, or his real name, Toriano Adaryll Jackson, was born on October 15, 1953. ...


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Full title is: Hum Along and Dance: More of the Best (1963-1974)
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