Girl power: The Supremes A-Go-Go

On Oct. 22, 1966, The Supremes became the first female group to have a #1 album on the US charts with The Supremes A-Go-Go. The album was a cover collection of Motown’s most popular dance hits (i.e., “Get Ready,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” and “Baby I Need Your Loving”) as well as a couple hits from other record labels (“These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” and”Hang on Sloopy”).

The LP would knock The Beatles’ Revolver from the #1 position it had held for five weeks, and reign at #1 for two weeks until the soundtrack to Dr. Zhivago replaced it.

The singing group from Detroit was on its way to becoming America’s most successful vocal group. They would have 12 singles reach #1 (ten of those would have writing credits from the Holland–Dozier–Holland team).

Besides packing the LP with solid covers of danceable, R&B tracks, The Supremes A-Go-Go was also helped by the inclusion of group’s #1 single from the summer, “You Can’t Hurry Love.” It was their seventh #1 hit … and written by Holland–Dozier–Holland.

Here’s an alternative-vocal version of the song:


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