Song of the day: FRANK WILSON – Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) (1965)

In late 1965, Frank Wilson was offered the job of heading Motown’s west coast operation based in Los Angeles on the condition that he concentrate on his back room duties at the expense of his recording and performing career. He reluctantly agreed. There was one problem, though – promos of his debut single for the company (Soul 35019) were already pressed up. All were recalled and pulped except, it seems, two copies. In 1998, one of these was sold to a Scottish Northern Soul fan and record collector for a staggering £15,000. Who knows what it would fetch now.

Unlike most ultra-rare records, “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” is also a five star classic. It was a massive hit at the Wigan Casino, and it’s not difficult to see why. It pounds along at an rattling pace with a revivalist call and response chorus that exudes sheer unfettered joy. It’s like an amphetamine and Prozac cocktail pressed on vinyl. There was a commercial version issued in 1966 by Chris Clark – Motown’s answer to Dusty Springfield. It’s a thoroughly decent effort, but just lacks the zip and soul of the original.

Here I am on bended knees
I lay my heart down at your feet
Now do I love you?
All you have to do is ask
I’ll give until there’s nothing left
Do I love you?
As long as there is life in me
Our happiness is guaranteed
I’ll fill your heart with ecstasy, forever darling

Do I love you?
Do I love you?
Do I love you?
Indeed I do Indeed I do

The very thing that I want most
Is just to have and hold you close
Do I love you?
From early morning until late at night
You fill my heart with pure delight
Do I love you?
Now whenever I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord your soul to keep
And bring you home safe to me, forever darling

Do I love you?
Do I love you?
Do I love you?
Indeed I do, sweet darling, indeed I do

Now whenever I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord your soul to keep
And bring you home safe to me
Forever darling

Do I love you?
Do I love you?
Do I love you?
Indeed I do, little darling, indeed I do

Fortunately, you don’t have to sell your house to own the tune these days. It’s on The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 5: 1965 and a few other Northern compilations. It’s even available as a bloody ringtone!

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