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“Tainted Love” | Gloria Jones

She was an American soul singer who peaked with this steller tune in ’64. It never quite made the mainstream, but was big abroad. She eventually, like Jimi and P.P. Arnold and so many others, found better support and fame in England. In the early 70′s she met Marc Bolan of T.Rex. They were steadfast partners until his untimely death in 1977. Their son was responsible for the recent restoration of the T.Rex documentary, “Born To Boogie”, shot by Ringo Starr. This song of course finally received its fame in a medley with the Supremes’ “Where did Our Love Go” which became a huge hit for English new wave duo Soft Cell in 1982. It’s also been remade by Coil, Inspiral Carpets, Marilyn Manson, The Pussycat Dolls, and sampled by Rhianna for “S.O.S. (Rescue Me)”.

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