My World Is Empty Without You

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"My World Is Empty Without You"
Single by The Supremes
from the album I Hear a Symphony
B-side "Everything Is Good About You"
Released December 29, 1965
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); 1965
Genre Baroque pop, soul
Length 2:33 (original release)
3:26 (remastered)
Label Motown
M 1089
Writer(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s) Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
The Supremes singles chronology
"I Hear a Symphony"
"My World Is Empty Without You"
"Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart"
I Hear a Symphony track listing
Music sample
Alternative cover
"My World Is Empty Without You"
Single by The Afghan Whigs
Released December 1, 1991 (1991-12-01)
Format CD, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1991
Genre Alternative rock
Label Sub Pop

"My World Is Empty Without You" is a 1965 song recorded and released as a single by The Supremes for the Motown label.



Written and produced by Motown's main production team of Holland–Dozier–Holland, the song's slow tempo accompanies a somber lyric which delves into the feelings of depression which can set in after a breakup; instrumentally, this is showcased with a gothic and dramatic musical arrangement, prominently featuring Earl Van Dyke's Hammond organ shrilly configured to sound like a liturgical pipe organ, in tow with the trend of baroque pop during the mid-1960s.

"My World Is Empty Without You" was one of the few songs written by the team for The Supremes that didn't go to number one, peaking at number five on the US pop chart for two weeks in February 1966[1] and at number 10 on the R&B chart; the single failed to chart on the UK Singles Chart. The group performed the song on the CBS hit variety program The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday, February 20, 1966.[2]


Chart history[edit]

Chart Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles Chart 10
U.S. Cash Box Pop Singles Chart 5

Year-End Charts[edit]

Chart (1966) Position
U.S. Cash Box Year End Chart 55

Cover versions and other uses[edit]

One of the earliest released covers of the song is by Jose Feliciano, on the b-side of his 1968 album Souled. "My World Is Empty Without You" is sampled on MC Lyte's 1991 socially conscious rap ballad "Poor Georgie," from the album Act Like You Know. It has also been covered by Diamanda Galas, and also by Psychedelic Rock band Vanilla Fudge on their 1984 album Mystery_(Vanilla_Fudge_album). The song is also sampled on J. Cole's "World is Empty" from his The Warm Up mixtape. The song was also released as a single by the band The Afghan Whigs, as noted below:[3][4]

All songs written and composed by Greg Dulli, except where noted. 

12" vinyl (SP42/203), CD (SPCD42/203)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "My World Is Empty Without You" (cover) Holland, Dozier, Holland 3:46
2. "Conjure Me" (album version) Dulli, McCollum, Curley, Earle 4:04
3. "You My Flower" (album version)   3:46


  1. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (Nielsen Company) 78 (10): 18. 1966. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Supremes, Dave Clark Five, Richard Kiley". The Ed Sullivan Show. Season 19. Episode 23. 20 February 1966. CBS. WCBS. 
  3. ^ "My World Is Empty Without You". summerskiss. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  4. ^ "My World Is Empty Without You". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 

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