The Kim Weston biography picks up some notable figures as the years pass.
A&R man and future husband Mickey Stevenson. Holland-Dozier-Holland, who
provided Weston's greatest solo hit in 1965, "Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a
Little While)." Duet partner Marvin Gaye, from 1964's "What Good Am I Without
You" and the 1966 album Take Two.
(For a list of her singles and albums, click here.)
Solo singles like "Helpless" kept her name out there, although few were looking for it. The weak promotional muscle behind Weston's career didn't help.
As the Kim Weston/Marvin Gaye smash, "It Takes Two," was maxing out in 1967, Weston and Stevenson erased themselves from Motown's payroll. MGM welcomed them both.
The Kim Weston biography now enters its post-Motown phase. Unlike, say, her ex-duet partner's latter years, there's little drama to share. That may be because the public, not For the First Time, ignored her work and didn't care to scrutinize her life. That MGM album, plus This is America, sank out of sight.
She fared no better at Volt or other labels. Ever under the radar, she expanded her soul/R&B repertoire to include jazz standards. In 1970, a cover of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" did earn a chart ranking.
But Kim Weston essentially went *poof* for the next decade and a half. Her marriage to Mickey Stevenson also evaporated in the mid-1970s.
In 1987, she won a minor distinction: first Motown singer to become a Motorcity artist. With that British label, she revived old songs and recorded new ones for the audience across the Atlantic in the 1990s.
With the end of the Motown era and the deaths of many of its stars, new--that is, late--success for a '60s soul singer may be bittersweet. At least Kim Weston has emerged from the fog decades later with more than just her voice intact.
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