Do You Love Me – Challenge #196

‘Do You Love Me’ was featured prominently in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing, which revived the record’s popularity. When it was re-issued as a single from the More Dirty Dancing soundtrack album, ‘Do You Love Me’ became a hit for the second time, peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1988. The Contours, by then were composed of Joe Billingslea and three new members, and they joined Ronnie Spector and Bill Medley, among others, on a ‘Dirty Dancing Tour’ resulting from the success of the film.

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The Contours were an early African-American soul singing five-man group made up of Billy Gordon, Hubert Johnson, Billy Hoggs, Joe Billingslea and Sylvester Potts who had a record deal on the Motown label.  Their biggest hit song was ‘Do You Love Me’ which was written by Motown CEO Berry Gordy, Jr., who intended to give this to the Temptations for them to record, as they had not charted a Top 40 hit yet.  Gordy hit with a burst of inspiration and he knew this song was going places, so he set out to locate the Temptations, as he thought this would be a good fit for them.  He tried phoning the various group members, but got no answer and it seemed like they were nowhere to be found.  They had all departed Motown’s Hitsville USA recording studio to be in the audience for a local Detroit gospel music showcase, having no idea that Gordy was trying to get…

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