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The Vibrants - Something About You Baby (1967)

(Eddie Holland - Lamont Dozier - Brian Holland)
Australia Australia
#43 Sydney #3 Melbourne #2 Brisbane #4 Adelaide

Full-on, beat driven version of the Four Tops' Motown song.

Single on Columbia label. Double-sided hit in Melbourne with Danger Zone.

Adelaide band that evolved from Bobby James and the Vibrants after Bobby James formed the Bobby James Syndicate. They moved to Melbourne in 1966 and recorded their best-known songs, Something About You Baby and My Prayer. The Vibrants survived major personnel changes in 1968, and had a minor hit in 1970 with I Can't Let Go Of Your Love (by Buddy England, then a band member) before breaking up at the end of 1971.

See also: Danger Zone.

Reference: Vibrants page at Milesago.
See also Cash Backman – My Girl Bill.

Suggestion from John Yeager.

The Four Tops - Something About You Baby (1965)

(Eddie Holland - Lamont Dozier - Brian Holland)
Original version
#19 USA

Single on Motown label by Detroit group formed in 1953 or ’54 as the Four Aims with lead singer Levi Stubbs. After recording for several labels, including Chess (where they were renamed in 1956) and Columbia, The Four Tops joined Berry Gordy’s Motown organisation in 1963.

They went on to record numerous hits for Motown in the 60s written by Holland-Dozier-Holland, including I Can’t Help Myself (1965, #1 USA), It’s The Same Old Song (1965, #5), Standing In The Shadows Of Love (1966, #6) and Bernadette (1967, #4).

With changes of direction, and after the departure of Holland-Dozier-Holland, The Four Tops continued to chart into the 70s, for example with Keeper Of The Castle (1972, #10) and Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got) (1973, #4).

The Four Tops’ original membership remained intact until the late 90s, when Lawrence Payton died, and Levi Stubbs retired through ill health in 2002.

Further reading: Four Tops biography at All Music Guide. Four Tops page at SoulWalking.co.uk.

Dave Edmunds - Something About You Baby (1984)

(Eddie Holland - Lamont Dozier - Brian Holland)
Later version

Single on Arista label, also on the Jeff Lynne-produced album Riff Raff.