Sometimes the most magical moments in life happen by accident; Louvain Demps of The Andantes remembers that being the case while recording “Love Child” in September of 1968. As she recalls, there came a moment when groupmates Marlene Barrow and Jackie Hicks forget to sing a note, while Demps wailed it with all her heart. Before they could do it again, she says Berry Gordy yelled, “I love it!” And thus, Louvain Demps got her famous “solo scream” on one of the biggest hits in Motown history.
I was honored to sit down and chat with 79-year-old Louvain Demps for a two-part profile on Good Day Atlanta. Not only was she gifted with one of the sweetest voices in soul music, she’s also a beautiful, genuine spirit who lights up when talking about the early days of Hitsville. It’s no secret anymore that The Andantes were a major element of the Motown Sound, and Louvain’s high notes will forever ring out loud and clear from radios around the world.