RAREST UK MOTOWN SINGLES

  ARTIST                                             SONG                                                                                             LABEL                                  YEAR      VALUE

Valadiers I Found A Girl Oriole 1963 400
Mike & Modifiers I Found Myself A Oriole 1962 400
Eddie Holland If It`s A Love Oriole 1963 300
Marvelettes Locking Up My heart Oriole 1963 300
Martha & Vandellas I`ll Have To Let Him Go CBA 1963 180
Eddie Holland Jamie Fontana 1962 150
Barbara McNair You`re Gonna Love Me Baby TMG 544 1966 150
Spinners That`s What Little Girl`s Are Made For Columbia 1961 125
Paul Gayten The Hunch London 1959 100
Spinners Sweet Thing TMG 514 1965 100
Barrett Strong Money London 1960 100
Carolyn Crawford When Someone's Good Stateside 1965 100
Blinky & E. Starr Oh How Happy TMG 720 demo 1969 100
Martin & Finley It`s Another Sunday TMG demo 1973 100
 
 

The Valdiers were the first white group to record for Motown, releasing "Because I Love Her", on U.S. Gordy 7003 in May 1962. Their second release "I Found A Girl", was issued here on Oriole 1809 in MArch 1963 and has become one of the sought after records of the sixties. An unplayed copy would easily fetch 400. The rarest Motown single of them all however must be "I Found Myself A Brand New Baby" by Mike and the Modifier`s (CBA 1775). recorded for U.S. Gordy (7014|), this was the groups only recording and one wonders why or how it was ever deemed suitable for issue in the UK. This single sold zero on release, and 400 would be the minimum price, with a demo worth in excess of 600.

For the last 15 years, the most in-demand single on the Tamla Motown label has been Barabara McNair`s "You`re Gonna Love My Baby" (TMG 544), which became popular on the Northern Soul scene via regular plays at the Wigan Casino. The record is a true masterpiece of soul music, a beat ballad extroardinaire with an unsurpassable vocal performance from a lady better known for her acting rather than singing. This is by far the rarest and most collectable release on UK Tamla Motown, with an unplayed copy now worth around 150.