INTERVIEW: Louvain Demps on Good Day Atlanta

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.


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6 Responses to INTERVIEW: Louvain Demps on Good Day Atlanta

  1. Lucas says:

    Great interview! Very informative! Thanks! I did question when you held up the first Diana Ross & The Supremes Greatest Hits LP cover as one The Andantes contributed to, because I’ve always seemed to think their Supremes-work was post Reflections & Love Child. In any case – more to happily explore! Thanks again! Much appreciated!

    • Paul says:

      Glad you enjoyed! The Andantes were actually adding vocals to Supremes songs from the very early days. For example, it’s them backing Diana Ross on the entire Christmas album, and it’s recently been revealed that Marlene Barrow of The Andantes sings with Mary on “You Can’t Hurry Love.” The Andantes added their vocals to “Stop! In The Name Of Love” to give the song a fuller sound.

  2. Lucas says:

    Excellent info! Motown (& good music in general) is a subject I find never tiring/always inspiring. Thanks again for your well-informed work. Here’s hoping writing a Motown and/or Diana Ross book is among your future projects. Really appreciate your passion for detailed accuracy. Thanks again!!

  3. Marcus says:

    I loved it, and I love all these posts. I have yet to read them all. But I am trying to catch up. Thanks again! Cheers!

  4. 60spopfan says:

    Great interview Paul! Never heard that before about the solo Love Child “scream”! BTW, future Marvelette Ann Bogan sang like in the only single credited to the Andantes, “Like a Nightmare,” and she’s supposed to live here in Cleveland!

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