The Dynamic Superiors

Shoe Shoe Shine

Composed by Nick Ashford / Valerie Simpson

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A strong Nicholas Ashford/Valerie Simpson production on the Dynamic Superiors from Washington, D.C., that was the District songbirds' first Motown single, and their first single in five years after debuting as the Superiors on Sue Records in 1969. The success of "Shoe Shoe Shine" took them away from Capitol City and on the road where they dazzled and amazed crowds with electrifying performances spearheaded by their openly gay lead singer, Tony Washington. The lyrics flash backs to time when things were cheaper and life much simpler: "Shoe Shoe Shine/use to cost a dime/a nickel could buy you plenty/a nickel was the fare to take you anywhere/trouble we didn't have any." Not many remakes, but Ashford & Simpson includes it in concert when performing a medley of songs they wrote for others.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1975 Motown
Hitsville USA, Vol. 2: The Motown Singles Collection 1972-1992 1993
Various Artists
Motown 3:46
Baddest Love Jams, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
Motown 3:47
Heart of Soul Classics, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Interscope 3:47
Late Night Motown 2006
Various Artists
Fontana / Hip-O 3:44
The Dynamic Superiors/Pure Pleasure 2010 Soul Music 3:45
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