Saturday, November 19, 2016

"Baby Love" by The Supremes

It was today in 1964 that The Supremes hit no. 1 on the UK singles chart with "Baby Love". Not only was it their first number one record in the United Kingdom, but it also made them the first girl group to ever have a number one record there. The song also hit no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, where it was their second no. 1 (after "Where Did Our Love Go") and the second of five consecutive no.1 records.

Like "Where Did Our Love Go?", "Baby Love" was written by songwriting and production team Holland–Dozier–Holland (Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland). At Motown Records owner Barry Gordy's request, "Baby Love" was written and recorded to sound a little bit like "Where Did Our Love Go?", down to the backing vocals. Curiously, while "Baby Love" was a huge hit across the globe, at the 1965 Grammy Awards it lost the award for  Best Rhythm & Blues Recording to  "How Glad I Am" by Nancy Wilson.

Here, without further is "Baby Love" by The Supremes.

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