A half hour ago Weinstein Co. publicists sent out two pro-quality video clips of the cast of The Sapphires singing two Motown tunes at last night’s party for the film. Much better quality than the thing I posted last night. But they got a song title wrong and so did Guy Lodge in his Variety review, so let’s clear this up.
The name of the 1965 Four Tops hit sung here is “Can’t Help Myself” and not “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch.” SPHB is a secondary parenthetical title, which Motown producers stuck in to remind people of the lead-off lyric. You can call it “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” (knock yourself out) but the songwriters, Holland-Dozier-Holland, or the rights holders will beg to differ.
Here‘s the other tune performed last night, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.”