The Contours

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1987 (The 1988 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Do You Love Me (1962)

The Contours @ Wikipedia

The Contours Videos

Will The Contours be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


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just a one hit wonder group i think

Posted by akeem on Tuesday, 06.22.10 @ 06:42am

Depends what you're definition of a "hit" is. They had plenty of singles but "Do You Love Me" was the only one to reach the top 10

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 06.22.10 @ 08:22am

They (Not The Temptations,contrary to popular belief), were Motown's most dynamic performing group. Their hit single "First I Look At The Purse" (written by Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Bobby Rogers),was covered by the J Geils Band (people erroneously think that THEY recorded it first..nope). and their songs later became major hits on England's "Northern Soul" scene. That they didn't become bigger than they did was NOT due to any lack of talent, but because of corporate politics inside of Motown (label founder/president Berry Gordy didn't like them, only signing them because one of the members, Hubert Johnson, was a cousin to Gordy's friend, R&B superstar Jackie Wilson .Their songs "Just A Little Misunderstanding", "Can You Do It", "Shake Sherry", "That Day When she Needed Me" and "Can You Jerk Like Me" were all covered by other artists...and The Capitol's 1966 million-seller "Cool Jerk" was just a sped-up, shameless rip-off of The Contours' "Can You Jerk Like Me". Heck , they even borrowed Motown's Funk Brothers for the non-Motown group's song.

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 11.14.10 @ 11:53am

The Contours' "Can You Jerk Like Me" was one of the most powerful singles Motown ever released !! Should have been a much bigger hit than it was . Check It Out yourself:

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 11.14.10 @ 12:06pm

hur hur can you jerk.

Now I wouldn't agree with their induction, but Do You Love Me is one hell of a song.

One thing i never got is, why oes he want her back? She can't be that much of a keeper if she'll leave him cause he;s not a very good dancer.

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 10.3.12 @ 16:22pm

Will they ever?

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 11.3.15 @ 04:48am

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