On July 25th 1966 the music group called The Supremes released their song called, “You Can’t Hurry Love.”
The song, a memory of a mother’s words of encouragement (“My mama said ‘you can’t hurry love, no you just have to wait’ “) telling her daughter that with patience she will find that special someone one day, is an example of the strong influence of gospel music present in much of R&B and soul music.
“You Can’t Hurry Love” was inspired by and partially based upon “(You Can’t Hurry God) He’s Right on Time.”
The recorded version of “You Can’t Hurry Love” showcases the developing sound of The Supremes, who was progressing from their earlier teen-pop into more mature themes and musical arrangements.
Written and produced by Motown’s main production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland, “You Can’t Hurry Love” is one of the signature Supremes songs, and also one of Motown’s signature releases. The single became The Supremes’ seventh number-one hit.
By lead vocalist Diana Ross and her two backup singers Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard.
Today’s YouTube video clip brought to you by user name Slick Rock, introduces the song from The Supremes singing the infamous song.
As we celebrate the game of give and take, as we celebrate the songs being introduced to the public on July 25 1966, which happened 49 years ago today!
How did The Supremes become who they are?
In 1958, Florence Ballard a junior high school student living in the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit met Paul Williams and Eddie Kendricks, two members of a Detroit male singing group known as the Primes.
Ballard recruited her best friend Mary Wilson, who in turn recruited classmate Diane Ross.
After winning a prestigious local talent contest, the girls set their sights on making a record. In hopes of getting the group signed to the local upstart Motown label, in 1960 Ross asked an old neighbor, Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson, to help the group land an audition for Motown executive Berry Gordy.
Determined to leave an impression on Gordy and join the stable of rising Motown stars, the girls frequented the recording studio every day after school.
Eventually, they convinced Gordy to allow them to contribute hand claps and background vocals for the songs of other Motown artists including Marvin Gaye and Mary Wells.
In January 1961, Gordy finally relented and agreed to sign the girls to his label, and the rest is history!
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