Come See About Me

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"Come See About Me"
Single by The Supremes
from the album Where Did Our Love Go
B-side "You're Gone, But Always in My Heart"
"Long Gone Lover"
Released October 27, 1964
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); July 13, 1964
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 2:41
Label Motown
M 1068
Writer(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s) Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
The Supremes singles chronology
""Baby Love"
(1964)
"Come See About Me"
(1964)
"Stop! In the Name of Love"
(1965)
Where Did Our Love Go track listing
Music sample
Alternative cover
"Come See About Me"
Single by Jr. Walker & the All Stars
from the album Home Cookin'
Released November 1967
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); 1967
Genre Soul
Length 3:01
Label Soul
S 35041
Producer(s) Johnny Bristol
Jr. Walker & the All Stars singles chronology
"Shoot Your Shot"
(1967)
"Come See About Me"
(1967)
"Hip City, Pt. 1&2"
(1967)

"Come See About Me" is a 1964 song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label.

The song became third of five consecutively released Supremes songs to top the Billboard pop singles chart in the United States (the others are "Where Did Our Love Go," "Baby Love," "Stop! In the Name of Love," and "Back in My Arms Again"). It topped the chart twice, non-consecutively; toppled by and later replacing The Beatles' "I Feel Fine" in December 1964 and January 1965.[1][2]

History[edit]

Overview[edit]

Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, it was the number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two separate weeks: December 13, 1964 to December 18, 1964, and January 10, 1965 to January 16, 1965, and reached the number three position on the soul chart. The group made their first of 17 appearances[3] live on the popular CBS variety program The Ed Sullivan Show performing this single on Sunday, December 27, 1964.[4]

The group also recorded a German version of the song, entitled "Johnny und Joe".

Other versions[edit]

In 1967, the song was repeat hit for a Motown act Jr. Walker & the All Stars, whose version reached the top 10 on the R&B chart and the top 25 on the pop chart. In 1969 Lloyd Charmers recorded, as Soul Stirrers, an early reggae version on his Tramp label Jamaica. In 1987, Welsh rock and roll singer Shakin' Stevens covered the song, making it a minor hit in the UK and Ireland. A minor key version was released by the alternative band The Afghan Whigs in 1992. The song was also covered in 2001 by fellow Detroit singer Freda Payne, whose sister Scherrie Payne became a member of the Supremes in 1973. The song was covered in 2012 in the Glee episode, "Thanksgiving" by Dianna Agron, Naya Rivera, and Heather Morris. American indie rock band Yo La Tengo performed a version of the song in March 2013 for The A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover series.[5]

Personnel[edit]

Chart history[edit]

Chart Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart 1
U.S. Cash Box R&B Singles Chart 3
U.S. Cash Box Pop Singles Chart 1
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 27

Year-End Charts[edit]

Chart (1965) Position
U.S. Cash Box Year End Chart 8

See also[edit]

Preceded by
"Mr. Lonely" by Bobby Vinton
"I Feel Fine" by The Beatles
US Billboard Hot 100 number one single
December 13, 1964 - December 19, 1964
January 10, 1965 - January 16, 1965
Succeeded by
"I Feel Fine" by The Beatles
"Downtown" by Petula Clark
Preceded by
"Goin' Out of My Head" by Little Anthony and the Imperials
Canadian RPM number-one single
January 11, 1965 (one week)
Succeeded by
"I'll Be There" by Gerry & The Pacemakers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (Nielsen Company) 76 (51): 24. 1964. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (Nielsen Company) 77 (3): 20. 1965. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Yusuf, Nilgin (26 April 2008), The Supremes on show, The Daily Telegraph, retrieved 27 March 2010 
  4. ^ "The Supremes/The Serendipity Singers/Leslie Uggams". The Ed Sullivan Show. Season 18. Episode 14. 24 December 1964. CBS. WCBS. http://www.tv.com/the-supremes---serendipity-singers---leslie-uggams/episode/106589/summary.html.
  5. ^ "Yo La Tengo covers The Supremes". Retrieved 2013-03-19. 

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