Tuesday, February 9, 2010
The Supremes were one of Motown's biggest acts in the 1960's and still hold the title of America's most succesful vocal group with 12 #1 singles. Many of the hits featured on this collection and most of their #1 hits were written and produced by Motown's famous songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland. The Supremes began as the Primettes in 1959 while the girls were still in highschool. They were signed to Motown in 1961, tough had no hits until 1964 when Holland-Dozier-Holland's "Where Did Our Love Go" went #1. The Supremes became international stars over the next year but by 1967 personal problems within the group and the Motown record label itself began to tear them apart. In 1968 the miracle writing team of Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown. Without them only 6 of the Supremes 11 singles reached top 20 and only one made it to #1. In November '69 Diana Ross' solo career was announced essentially sealing the group's fate. The last track on this collection "Someday We'll Be Together", was actually recorded as Diana Ross's first solo single but was released as Diana Ross and the Supremes because Barry Gordy wanted the group to have another hit. It was their last #1, though sadly, featured neither of the group's other 2 members. The group made their last appearance with the original line-up on January 14, 1970. They continued with frequent line-up changes, limited success, and few hits until 1977 when they officially disbanded for good.
Diana Ross and the Supremes- The Definitive Collection