Toronto born singer, songwriter and record producer R. Dean Taylor was one of the few white artists to score a hit for Motown during the 1960s and 1970s.
He was already a successful songwriter for the label, with a hand in writing the hit “Love Child” for the Supremes, before he got the chance to record his own material. His single Indiana Wants Me charted in the top 5 in 1970.
On early copies of this song, it opens with the sound effect of a police siren. That same sound is heard again later in the instrumental bridge. The siren sounded was at the time so realistic that some drivers pulled over to the side of the road when they heard the song on their car radios. When the confusion was discovered, The record company gave radio stations a second version without the siren.
Here’s R. Dean Taylor’s “indiana Wants Me”