Sunday, November 20, 2011

This day in music - November 20, 1965: The Supremes go to #1 in the U.S. with "I Hear A Symphony"

This was The Supremes' sixth No. 1 single in the U.S. The group famously recorded for Berry Gordy's Motown label and had a string of hits in 1964 and 1965 that included "You Can't Hurry Love," "You Keep Me Hangin' On," "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone," and "The Happening."

In total, they had 12 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

"I Hear a Symphony" was written by Motown's main production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland.

After 1962, The Supremes were comprised of Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, and Diana Ross as lead singer, reflected in the fact that, after 1967, and at Berry Gordy's direction, they become Diana Ross and The Supremes.

It is sometimes easy to forget how hugely popular they were in the 1960s, easily rivalling the biggest groups of the day.

The group disbanded in 1977 after a very successful 18-year run.

Couldn't find any information on this clip. No matter. It's very nice.

(Cross-posted at Lippmann's Ghost.)

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