Floy Joy (album)

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Floy Joy
Studio album by The Supremes
Released May 1972
Recorded 1971 - 1972
Genre Pop/soul
Length 29:33
Label Motown
M-751L
Producer Smokey Robinson
The Supremes chronology
Dynamite
(w/ Four Tops)
(1971)
Floy Joy
(1972)
The Supremes Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb
(1972) Misc =
Singles from Floy Joy
  1. "Floy Joy"
    Released: December 1, 1971
  2. "Automatically Sunshine"
    Released: April 11, 1972
  3. "Your Wonderful, Sweet Sweet Love"
    Released: July 11, 1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Floy Joy is a 1972 album released by The Supremes on the Motown label. This was the only Supremes album solely produced and arranged by Smokey Robinson and included the U.S. top 20 hit, "Floy Joy" and the U.S. top 40 hit, "Automatically Sunshine", both of which were top 10 hits in the U.K. The album sold around 150,000 copies in the USA.[2]

Overview[edit]

Following the aborted album Promises Kept, Motown handed-over production duties for the Supremes to in-house songwriter, producer, artist, and company vice-president William "Smokey" Robinson. The then-current line-up of The Supremes included original Supreme Mary Wilson, Cindy Birdsong, and Jean Terrell. Appearing on the album cover alongside Terrell and Wilson was new member Lynda Laurence, brought in to replace Cindy Birdsong, who was noticeably pregnant at the time of the photo shoot.

Floy Joy marks for the first time that Mary Wilson had several leads on an album. Wilson and Terrell trade-off lead vocals on "Floy Joy" and "Automatically Sunshine", whilst Terrell has sole lead on the album's third single, "Your Wonderful, Sweet Sweet Love". Wilson takes solo lead on the ballad "A Heart Like Mine." The "Floy Joy" single was the Supremes' final Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching as high as #9 in the UK.[3] Its follow-ups, "Automatically Sunshine" and "Your Wonderful, Sweet Sweet Love" were not as successful, with "Automatically Sunshine" peaking at 37 on the Billboard Hot 100, 21 on the Top Soul Singles and being the group's final Top 10 hit in the U.K. (#10, the fifth in little over two years for the post-Ross line-up),[4] and "Your Wonderful, Sweet Sweet Love" peaking at 59 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 21 on the Top Soul Singles, and missing the UK altogether. Cindy Birdsong takes lead on the spoken passage in The Wisdom of Time.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

Superscripts denote lead singers for each track: (a) Jean Terrell, (b) Mary Wilson, (c) Cindy Birdsong.

  1. "Your Wonderful, Sweet Sweet Love" (Smokey Robinson)a
  2. "Floy Joy" (Robinson)a, b
  3. "A Heart Like Mine" (Robinson, Ronald White)b
  4. "Over and Over" (Robinson)a
  5. "Precious Little Things" (Robinson, Marvin Tarplin, Pam Moffett)a

Side two[edit]

  1. "Now The Bitter, Now The Sweet" (Robinson, Cecil Franklin)a,b,c
  2. "Automatically Sunshine" (Robinson)a, b
  3. "The Wisdom of Time" (Robinson, Moffett, Clifford Burston)a, c
  4. "Oh Be My Love" (Robinson, Warren Moore)a

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ http://www.greasylake.org/the-circuit/index.php?%2Ftopic%2F116321-the-supremes-diana-ross-stevie-wonder-and-ray-charlesusa-album-sales%2F
  3. ^ "Guinness British Hit Singles", fifth edition, Rice/Rice/Gambaccini/Read, Guinness Books, ISBN 0-85112-429-1
  4. ^ "Guinness British Hit Singles", fifth edition, Rice/Rice/Gambaccini/Read, Guinness Books, ISBN 0-85112-429-1