The Velvelettes ~ Needle In a Haystack (HQ)

The Velvelettes ~ Needle In a Haystack (HQ)

The Velvelettes were an American singing girl group, signed to Motown, best known for their singles "Needle In a Haystack" (1964) and "He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'" (1965).

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Links to Peel

The Velvelettes single "Needle In a Haystack" was a long-time Peel favourite, selected by the DJ for the Peelenium 1964 and his 2002 mix album FabricLive.07. In 2003, when the track was chosen by Nick Hornby for a book about 31 songs with particular emotional resonance for him, Peel noted that it was the only one of the writer's picks that would have been on his own list:

“I think Nick Hornby and I would agree that you should hear it as soon as you possibly can. Trust us. And don't talk while it's playing."[1]

Although the song failed to trouble the UK charts, it was a minor US hit when Peel was living in the States. On 31 January 2002, he played a cover version of the track by the Come Ons.

A cover of the Velvelettes's followup, "He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'", entered the UK charts for Bananarama (with the Fun Boy Three) in 1982.[2]

Festive Fifty Entries

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Shows Played

  • 17 March 1972: Needle In A Haystack (single) Tamla Motown
  • 26 November 1979: (JP: "These are the Velvelettes, an oldie but goodie. No reason for playing it at all, other than the fact that it exists really.")
    - Needle In A Haystack (7") V.I.P.

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