Detroit’s Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard together make up the most successful girl band in music history. Their chart debut came in 1962 and in all they had 45 US (29 UK) chart singles, including 12 US (1 UK) number ones and 35 US (15 UK) chart LPs. Florence left the group in 1967 and died in poverty in 1976. Diana became the most successful of the three and is still touring periodically at the grand age of 66.
This week’s offering reached a British high of number three. Stateside it topped the charts for 2 weeks, becoming the band’s 6th chart-topping song across the Pond. Ironically, when Phil Collins re-recorded the song 17 years later, it topped the charts for 2 weeks in the UK, but only managed a comparatively disappointing high of number 10 in America.
Ladies and gentlemen, from September 1966, I give you The Supremes singing ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’.