Smokey Robinson believed Barrett solid should record “Shop Around,” however Gordy persuaded Smokey the he to be the right man for the song.

After it come out, Gordy heard it on the radio and also found it means too slow. He woke Robinson in ~ 3 a.m. And called him back to the studio come re-cut that — faster and also with Robinson’s vocal more prominent. That one worked.


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The tune reached number one top top the R&B Charts, number one on the Cash box Magazine peak 100 popular music Chart, and also number 2 top top the Billboard hot 100 Chart. That is included in Rolling Stones’ magazine’s peak 500 song of all-time.


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