of the No. 1 Motown hits from Diana Ross & the Supremes (and
Diana Ross, and the Supremes) for the first time on one cd, the
No. 1's, with new mixes plus a bonus remix
Beatles and Elvis had theirs. Now it's the ladies' turn as every
No. 1 Motown hit from Diana Ross, The Supremes, and Diana Ross &
The Supremes is presented on one CD for the first time. Diana Ross
& The Supremes: The No. 1's (Motown/UTV Records), released February
3, 2004, features 23 classics from the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties,
each newly digitally remastered, plus a new bonus remix of "You
Keep Me Hangin' On," from the U.K.'s top pop remix team, Almighty
Associates. In addition, all 15 of the Supremes tracks are heard
in new mixes, direct from the Motown session tapes, offering the
best fidelity of any Supremes and/or Ross collection.
"Where Did Our Love Go" in 1964 to "Endless Love"
in 1982, The No. 1's spans 18 years in the history of artists who
changed pop music and pop culture forever. Every song influenced
the next generations; every performance defines an era. The package
contains a deluxe 16-page booklet with an essay by music historian
Brian Chin, track annotations and classic photos, including rare
images of each single's picture sleeve.
Supremes - Miss Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard - scored
an unprecedented five Billboard Pop No. 1's in a row in the Sixties:
"Where Did Our Love Go," "Baby Love," "Come
See About Me," "Stop! In The Name of Love" and "Back
In My Arms Again" (also No. 1 R&B). Also topping the Pop
charts in the decade were "I Hear A Symphony," "You
Can't Hurry Love" (No. 1 R&B), "You Keep Me Hangin'
On" (No. 1 R&B), "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone"
(No. 1 R&B) and "The Happening." Even after two significant
changes in 1967, the group's name became Diana Ross & The Supremes
and Cindy Birdsong replaced Ballard, the No. 1's continued, first
with "Reflections" (a Detroit and regional No. 1).
had been written by Brian Holland-Lamont Dozier-Edward Holland,
Jr. and produced by Brian Holland and Dozier. The Supremes then
scored Pop No. 1's via other writer-producers with "Love Child,"
"I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" with The Temptations (No.
1 Pop and R&B Cashbox) and "Someday We'll Be Together"
(No. 1 R&B).
the Seventies, Ross went solo. The Supremes, with Jean Terrell in
the lead, hit No. 1 R&B with "Stoned Love." Ross would
claim the top spot on various charts several more times on Motown,
including these eight: Ashford & Simpson's "Ain't No Mountain
High Enough" (No. 1 Pop/R&B) and "The Boss" (No.
1 Dance); Michael Masser's Pop No. 1's "Touch Me In The Morning"
and "Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)"
(also No. 1 Adult Contemporary); "Love Hangover" (No.
1 Pop, R&B and Dance), and Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers'
"Upside Down" (No. 1 Pop, R&B and Dance) and "I'm
Coming Out" (No. 1 Dance), the latter two opening the Eighties.
"Endless Love," a duet with Lionel Richie, who also wrote
and produced the song, was No. 1 Pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary,
and No. 1 on the U.K. Pop chart, in 1981.
the most successful female group in Pop history, and most successful
solo female artist in Pop history, are still No. 1.