Mary Wells :: “Can’t You See (You’re Losing Me)” :: Northern Soul Monday
“Can’t you see,
can’t you see,
can’t you see you’re gonna lose me?
I miss a bunch of memories.
Come on and see about me.
Can’t you see,
can’t you see,
can’t you see?”
Welcome to this Week’s Installment of Northern Soul Monday, featuring the Best in Northern Soul Music Every Month, Every Week, Every Single Monday.
This Week we bring to you a Rare Classic Northern Soul Single from Mary Wells, called “Can’t You See (You’re Losing Me)”. Today’s Tune is quite the Stomper, Passionate and High Energy, and Right and Ready for the Northern Soul Dance Floor.
One Listen will never be enough of this Quintessential Northern Soul Number, so go on, hit Play, and then hit it again, and again. Oh, and be sure to Turn This One Up, throw some talc on the floor, and Dance Dance Dance.
Mary Wells was born on May 13, 1943. She was said to have helped define the emerging sounds of Motown, in the early 1960’s, along with The Supremes, The Miracles, The Temptations, and The Four Tops. She was also said to have been part of the growth in black music on radio station airplay, and record shelves of mainstream America.
She has a string of Hit Singles, composed mainly by Smokey Robinson, including her signature hit, “My Guy, in 1964. She became regaled as the “Queen of Motown” until her departure from the company in 1964, at the height of her popularity. She remains one of Motown’s first Singing Superstars.
Today’s Featured Song, “Can’t You See (You’re Losing Me)” , was Released as a B-Side to the Single “Dear Lover” in 1965, after Wells had left Motown. It is considered a Rare Single of Mary Wells.
“Can’t You See (You’re Losing Me)” was written by Barrett Strong and his brother, Nolan Strong, who was a former member of The Diablos, as well as a solo Singer, with Song Releases on Fortune Records in Detroit, Michigan.
Although “Can’t You See (You’re Losing Me) would be Released as the B-Side to “Dear Lover”, it was originally promoted as the A-Side, but East Coast Radio Stations started pushing “Dear Lover” instead, which ultimately would become the bigger sold Song.
“Can’t You See (You’re Losing Me)” made it to # 94 on the Billboard Charts, but was taken over by “Dear Lover”, which peaked at # 51 on the Billboard Charts, and # 6 on the R&B Charts, becoming Wells’ biggest Hit since “My Guy”.
The Song appears on numerous Northern Soul and Mod Music Collections, including Northern Soul: The Collection, Mod: The Collection, Mod Anthems, After Hours the Collection: Northern Soul Masters, and others. It has also been Released on ATCO Records Compilations.
“Can’t You See (You’re Losing Me)” marks our 9th Installment of Northern Soul Monday, the space and place where we Feature the Best Northern Soul Music. We hope you enjoyed “Can’t You See (You’re Losing Me)”, this Week’s Northern Soul Music Song.
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