June 22, 2020
“The Happening” as the last number one hit with the name Supremes. It would now be Diana Ross & The Supremes.
“The Happening” was the last of ten number one hits to be written by Holland-Dozier-Holland. They would go on to form they own record label.
“The Happening” was the last number one hit to feature original member Florence Ballard. She would be replaced by Cindy Birdsong. In 1976, she would pass away at the age of 32.
“The Happening” was the number one song in the United States for the week of May 13, 1967.
April 9, 2020
There was trouble in paradise.
The Supremes were about to become Diana Ross and The Supremes. Cindy Birdsong was getting ready to replace original Supreme Florence Ballad.
Despite everything that was percolating under the surface, musically the Supremes kept on rolling.
“Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone” topped the American Music Charts the week of March 11, 1967.
December 12, 2019
The Supremes will never be associated with rock and roll, but of all their hit singles, “You Keep Me Hanging On” probably came the closest to a rock sound.
It entered the Charts on October 9, 1966, and it was a quick trip to the top. It arrived at number one on October 19, 1966, and remained there for two weeks. It was the group’s 8th chart topper.
“Your Keep Me Hanging On” was also a part of another record as it was the first time that the top five songs, which also included “Good Vibrations,” “Poor Side Of Town,” “Winchester Cathedral,” and “Last Train To Clarksville” would all be former of future number one hits.
June 28, 2016
The Supremes were riding one of the hot steaks in American music history. They had released five number one singles in a row. That streak came to a quick halt when “Back In My Arms Again” only reached number 11.
Life was about to return to normal when on September 22, 1965, “I Hear A Symphony” entered the Top 100 at number 39. On November, 20, 1965, it reached number one for the first of two weeks and all was right with the world..
January 27, 2016
The Supremes set a record at the time when “Back In My Arms Again” became their fifth consecutive number one single.
The single debuted on the BILLBOARD Hot 100 May 1, 1965, at number 68 and six weeks later reached number one on June 12th. It only remained in the top position only one week but it was enough to extend their streak.
October 5, 2015
The Supremes made music history on March 27, 1965, when they became the first group to have four number one hits in a row.
“Stop In The Name Of Love” was recorded January 5th and entered the Pop Chart February 20th. Five weeks later it reached the top of the charts for a two week stay.
The question was, could they make it five in a row. Stay tuned.
June 12, 2015
When the Supremes “Come See About Me” reached number one on December 19,1964, it was the first time that American group had three number one singles issued from the same album (WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO), It was also their third number one hit single in a row.
At the the beginning of the year, The Supremes had been an unknown and struggling act. They ended the year by performing for tens-of-millions of people on the Ed Sullivan show on December 27.
“Come See About Me” spent one week at number one, then settled in at number two for three weeks before returning to the top of the charts for the week of January 16.
February 21, 2015
Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, and Mary Wilson’s career was going nowhere. They had released eight singles with little success. All that was about to change courtesy of Gladys Horton of The Marvelettes.
The Marvelettes had turned down the Holland-Dozier-Holland song “Where Did Our Love Go” and it ended up being offered to the Supremes. They recorded the song April 8, 1964, and just over four weeks later, beginning on August 22, it was the number one song in the United States for two weeks.
A career was resurrected but the best was yet to come.
February 16, 2012
“Where Did Our Love Go” is the song that made The Supremes superstars. They has had five singles make the American singles charts but the highest charting had been “When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes,” which reached number 23.
“Where Did Our Love Go” was released during the summer of 1964 and spent two weeks on top of the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart. It was the first of five straight number one single releases.
January 22, 2012
The Supremes were on a roll from mid-1964 to mid-1965 with five number one singles in a row. Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, and Mary Wilson sat near the top of the music world.
They released “Nothing But Heartaches” July 31, 1965. It was an up-tempo and smooth pop song, which was similar to their past hits. The music industry can be funny at times as it only reached number 11 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart. Their next release, “I Hear A Symphony,” would return them to the top of the charts.
The Supremes remain one of the most successful pop groups in history with 47 chart singles and 12 reaching number one.