Linda Griner

Good-by Cruel WORLD / Envious

Motown: M-1037 DJ

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  • Artist: Linda Griner
  • A Side: Good-by Cruel WORLD
  • B Side: Envious
  • Label: Motown
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: E
  • Label Condition: xol
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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The rare first press, immediately withdrawn 45 with title credit error. “Good-By Cruel WORLD” - pulled, to be represented as the correct “Good-By Cruel LOVE” .

Strong saxophone saturated Motown Northern Soul dancer that now enjoys classic Northern Soul dancefloor status. But also, even for the most dedicated Motown collector an annoying void in their collection as the “World” misprint seldom turns up for sale.

This copy has had a neat in-house adjustment with “love” in light biro sitting just over the word “WORLD” two blue marker ticks the a-side as the DJ’s play indicator.

Smokey Robinson guides a young 15 year old Washington, D.C. girl through this summer of 1962 Motown session; that is just littered with signature “Smokey” characteristics. A chugging mid-tempo dance arrangement decorated with a male vocal group harmony chorus provided by The Miracles themselves. With a Smokey innovation of a primitive saxophone, the whole production strongly resembling the material Mary Wells was starting to record.

Apparently at 15 years of age, Linda was too young to become a Motown girl star? Contradicted by the heavy genius promotion Little Stevie Wonder at 12 years of age.

My own theory is this sensational 15 year old possibly caused concern among all those Motown starlets with arguably inferior vocal talents. Whatever the reason this was Linda’s only 45 release for Motown and she returned east, to later work with another gifted producer Gerry Granahan. Between them both Gerry & Linda achieved “Hall Of Fame” awards, leaving Linda and Motown scholars wondering what this superior voice talent would have achieved under “Smokey” had he “ran” with her.

Lastly do not overlook the flipside “Envious” a killer harmony ballad, that maybe has some truth of her story within those poignant lyrics.

Condition Report

Two ticks on the A-side label, neat clean biro correction to the misprint title (see scans) Vinyl reveal very light surface blemishes, as you can hear both sides play clean and true.

A Side

  • Title: Good-by Cruel WORLD

    B Side

  • Title: Envious
  • Year: 1963
  • City: Detroit, Mich