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The Originals often called "Motown's best-kept secret", were a successful Motown R&B and soul group during the late 1960s and the 1970s, most notable for the hits "Baby I'm for Real", "The Bells" and the disco classic, "Down to Love Town". Formed in 1966, the group originally consisted of bass singer Freddie Gorman, baritone (and the group's founder) Walter Gaines, and tenors C.P. Spencer and Hank Dixon (and briefly Joe Stubbs). Ty Hunter replaced Spencer when he left to go solo in the early 1970s. They had all previously sung in other Detroit groups, C.P. having been an original member of the (Detroit) Spinners and Ty having sung with The Supremes member Scherrie Payne in the group Glass House. Spencer, Gaines, Hunter, and Dixon (at one time or another) were also members of the Voice Masters. As a member of the Holland–Dozier–Gorman writing-production team (before Holland–Dozier–Holland), Gorman (as a mailman) was one of the co-writers of Motown's first #1 pop hit "Please Mr. Postman", recorded by Marvelettes. In 1964, the Beatles released their version. In 1975, Carpenters took it back to #1 again. This was the second time in pop history that a song had reached #1 twice. "The Twist" by Chubby Checker, reached #1 in 1960 and 1961 (Joel Whitburn's "Top Pop Singles - 1955-1996"). In 2006, "Please Mr. Postman" was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Soul of the '60s [2017]

SongDuration
Baby, I'm for Real3:16

Disco Workout [2013]

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Down to Love Town5:57

Total Motown [2010]

SongDuration
Baby, I'm for Real3:19

Motown 50: Love [2009]

SongDuration
Baby, I'm For Real3:18

One Shot Disco [2007]

SongDuration
Down to Love Town5:54

'70s Soul Gold [2006]

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The Bells3:07

The Soul Story, Vol. 4 [2006]

SongDuration
The Bells3:03

Body + Soul: The '70s [2004]

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The Bells3:06

Hey Love, Vol. 1 [2001]

SongDuration
Baby, I'm for Real3:16

Hey Love, Vol. 2 [2001]

SongDuration
The Bells3:03

The 70's Soul Experience [2001]

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The Bells2:56

Motown Celebrates Sinatra [1998]

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My Way3:55

Smokin' Disco [1998]

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Blue Moon3:02

East Side Story, Vol. 11 [1997]

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The Bells3:02

Lowrider Oldies, Vol. 2 [1997]

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The Bells3:06

Art Laboe Killer Oldies 2 [1995]

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The Bells2:55

Blues & Soul [1995]

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Please Mr. Postman3:45

Rhythm & Blues: 1970 [1992]

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The Bells 

Nowhere to Run [1991]

SongDuration
Baby, I'm for Real4:10

Down to Love Town [1977]

SongDuration
Down to Love Town5:59

Motown Story [1971]

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Baby, I'm for Real 

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