Most Wanted! The Sisters Love – Give Me Your Love (MoWest)
Uh-huh! ‘Give Me Your Love’… Say wot? Here we go with another serious piece of music. Not to be missed with the Active Force‘s gem of the likes, this version of ‘Give Me Your Love’ is nothing but a cover version of Curtis Mayfield‘s cut of the likes. And what a rendition this is. With big ups to not only The Sisters Love, but also to their producers, Gloria Jones and Paul Riser.
‘Give Me Your Love’ first appeared back in July 1972 as a part of the seminal ‘Superfly’ OST. And it most definitely stands among Curtis Mayfield‘s greatest classics along with ‘Pusherman’ and ‘Freddie’s Dead’ from the same album. It is to say how the challenge was kinda big for The Sisters Love. But yes, what a job they did along with their producers and musicians. Bringin’ the song to another level. With some incredible vocal arrangements. But also an energy in the orchestration we would have liked to have on Mayfield‘s version as a matter of fact.
The Sisters Love‘s ‘Give Me Your Love’ was initially due to appear in an album – ‘With Love’ – which, although due for release, later in 1972, never saw the light. With the reason being that Motown shelved it at the time for some reason. This until Paul Williams came to release it on his Reel Music label back in 2010 along with a bunch of extra tracks.
This version by the likes of The Sisters Love gained extra notoriety in the 80’s. This with Danny Krivit givin’ it an 8 minute edit. Meanwhile group member Vermettya Royster came with her own cover version of the song back in 1991 on UK label Motorcity.
The Sisters Love saw the light back in 1968 in Los Angeles. This from the reunion between lead singer Vermettya Royster, Lillie Fort, Jeannie Long, Gwendolyn Berry, Merry Clayton and Odia Coates.
The same year, they delivered their debut-single – ‘I Know You Love Me’ – for Los Angeles indie label Man-Child Records. This before soon after signin’ with A&M Records. There, they released a handful of 7 inches. From ‘Now Is The Time’ which features in ‘The Mack’ OST to ‘Are You Lonely?’ back in 1971 with production work courtesy of Gene Chandler.
The year after, they left A&M and signed with Motown’s subsidariary MoWest. They eventually came to tour with the Jackson Five and had an album – ‘With Love’ – in the pipeline. Itself featuring the memorable ‘Give Me Your Love’. But it didn’t see the light at the time and the group disbanded in 1973. The album remained somewhere on the shelves. This until 2010 with the release of its intended running list along with a couple of bonus tracks on Reel Music.
‘Give Me Your Love’ stands probably as the most famous song by the likes of The Sisters Of Love. Other gems worth the check including the Willie Hutch produced ‘Mr. Fix-It Man’. This in addition to ‘I’m Learning To Trust My Man’ which became a Northern Soul favorite.
Sadly enough, Merry Clayton happened to be the victim of a severe car accident in Los Angeles, CA back on June 16, 2014. With both of her legs later amputated at the knees after her suffering from tough trauma to her lower extremities.