Back in My Arms Again

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"Back in My Arms Again"
Single by The Supremes
from the album More Hits by The Supremes
B-side "Whisper You Love Me Boy"
Released April 15, 1965 (U.S.)
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A);
December 1, 1964 and February 24, 1965
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 2:52
Label Motown
M 1075
Writer(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s) Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
The Supremes singles chronology
"Stop! In the Name of Love"
(1965)
"Back in My Arms Again"
(1965)
"Nothing but Heartaches"
(1965)
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"Mother Dear"
(1965) (withdrawn)
More Hits by The Supremes track listing
Music sample
Alternative cover

"Back in My Arms Again" is a 1965 song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label.

Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, "Back in My Arms Again" was the fifth consecutive and overall number-one song for the group on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in the United States from June 6, 1965 through June 12, 1965,[1] also topping the soul chart for a week.

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Overview[edit]

It was also the last of five Supremes songs in a row to go number one (the others are "Where Did Our Love Go," "Baby Love," "Come See About Me," and "Stop! In the Name of Love"). The song's middle eight is identical to later Holland-Dozier-Holland hit, The Isley Brothers "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)."

The famous idea of using Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard's names on the single may have been partially due to Motown's marketing strategy of showcasing each individual Supreme, as opposed to other groups of the day, with the exception of The Beatles, which were known on a one-name collective basis. On the album in which this single appeared, More Hits by the Supremes, and on the cover of the official single, each member is pictured separately on the front, with her signature above it.

The group first performed the song nationally on the NBC variety program Hullabaloo! [2] on Tuesday, May 11, 1965, peaking on the music charts in the following weeks. They appeared on the syndicated The Mike Douglas Show later that year.[3]

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Chart history[edit]

Chart Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard R&B Singles 1
U.S. Cash Box Pop Singles Chart 1
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 40

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1965) Position
U.S. Cash Box Year End Chart 1
Preceded by
"I'll Be Doggone" by Marvin Gaye
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single
May 29, 1965
Succeeded by
"I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" by The Four Tops
Preceded by
"Help Me, Rhonda" by The Beach Boys
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
June 12, 1965
Succeeded by
"I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" by The Four Tops

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