The song, “Tracks Of My Tears”, was originally recorded by The Miracles in 1965
William ‘Smokey’ Robinson (b.1940), Warren Moore (1938-2017) and Marv Tarplin (1941-2011) of the American group The Miracles wrote “Tracks Of My Tears” for their first album under the name of Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, “Going To A Go-Go”, in 1965. It was released as the second single in June that year and peaked at No.16 and No.2 on the R&B chart. The song was also a top five hit in Canada and reached No.9 in the UK, becoming their first hit record there.
Linda Ronstadt covered the song in 1975 and took her version to No.25 Stateside, No.22 in Canada and No.42 in the UK. In 1993, British Pop duo Go West recorded the song for their greatest hits album “Aces And Kings: The Best of…” and released it as the lead single in September that year. They took the song to No.16 on the UK singles chart, becoming, to date, their last release to make the commercial sales chart.
But which version is the best? THE MIRACLES’ original or GO WEST’s cover?
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