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Diana Ross and the Temptations – Rhythm of Life

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Motown first released Anthology: The Best of The Supremes in 1974. It quickly sold over a million copies and the label would go on to release revised editions in 1986, 1995, and 2001. This week’s Top Tune “Rhythm of Life” was added to the 2001 collection which Rolling Stone Magazine called one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

In 1968, two Motown supergroups; The Supremes and The Temptations, appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show to promote their upcoming projects singing each others’ songs. The Supremes sang “My Girl” with the Temptations singing “Stop in the Name of Love”. The union was so successful that it launched four separate high profile projects.

This week’s performance first appeared in the 1969 tv special, Diana Ross and The Supremes & The Temptations on Broadway. In the show, Diana Ross joins The Temptations acting and singing in musical comedy sketches from hit shows of the era. The tune was written by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields and also appeared in the Oscar-nominated score of Sweet Charity of the same year. The film version was sung by Sammy Davis Jr. You can check out Sammy’s rockin’ version in this award winning advert for Guinness Stout HERE.

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Original 1966 Broadway Cast – The Rhythm of Life

The Rhythm Of Life is a powerful beat
Puts a tingle in your fingers and a tingle in your feet

One of our favorite tunes around the Notable offices, “The Rhythm of Life,” is classic Cy Coleman Broadway. An undeniably happy beat drives this tune that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Written by Cy and Dorothy Fields for the 1966 hit Broadway musical Sweet Charity, a play that reinvented Broadway, and remains one of musical theatre’s most revered classics.

We chose the original Broadway cast version for today’s Top Tune – which became a centerpiece of this iconic play. In 1969 it was recorded by Sammy Davis Jr. for Charity’s film adaptation; and a couple of years later soulful versions by the likes of Motown royalty Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations would hit the airwaves, exposing this classic to a whole new audience.

Enjoy this clip of Sammy Davis Jr. performing the tune from the Charity film adaptation, with choreography from the legendary Bob Fosse. One of the best videos you’ll see on the internet today? We think so. Enjoy “The Rhythm of Life!”

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