The Supremes A' Go-Go

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The Supremes A' Go-Go
Studio album by The Supremes
Released August 25, 1966 (1966-08-25)
Recorded Fall 1965 - summer 1966
Genre Pop
R&B
Length 31:54
Label Motown
M 621
Producer Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
Hal Davis
Frank Wilson
The Supremes chronology
I Hear a Symphony
(1966)
The Supremes A' Go-Go
(1966)
The Supremes Sing Holland–Dozier–Holland
(1967)
Singles from The Supremes A' Go-Go
  1. "Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart"
    Released: April 8, 1966
  2. "You Can't Hurry Love"
    Released: July 25, 1966
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

The Supremes A' Go-Go is a 1966 album by Motown singing group The Supremes. The album was the first album by an all-female group to reach number-one on the Billboard 200 album charts in the United States. Remaining on the Billboard album chart for 60 weeks, it sold over 1 million copies in the United States and about 3.5 million copies world-wide, making it their 2nd best selling album behind their chart busting Greatest Hits which sold over 3 million copies in the states and over 6 million copies world-wide and held onto the #1 spot for 5 weeks on Billboard Magazine.

Included are two of the Supremes' Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 singles; the number-nine hit "Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart", and the number-one hit "You Can't Hurry Love". Also present on the album is one original, "Put Yourself in My Place", and covers of songs by the Four Tops ("Baby I Need Your Loving", "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)", "Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)"), The Temptations ("Get Ready"), Martha and the Vandellas ("Come and Get These Memories") Barrett Strong ("Money (That's What I Want)"), The Isley Brothers ("This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)"), Nancy Sinatra ("These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"), and The McCoys ("Hang On Sloopy").

Additional songs recorded for the album, but not included were: "It's Not Unusual", "Mickey's Monkey", "Uptight (Everything's Alright)", "Can I Get a Witness", "In My Lonely Room", and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart" (Holland–Dozier–Holland)
  2. "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)", (Holland-Dozier-Holland, Sylvia Moy)
  3. "You Can't Hurry Love" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  4. "Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  5. "Baby I Need Your Loving" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  6. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (Lee Hazlewood)

Side two[edit]

  1. "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  2. "Get Ready" (Smokey Robinson)
  3. "Put Yourself in My Place" (Holland-Dozier-Holland, John Thornton)
  4. "Money (That's What I Want)" (Berry Gordy, Jr., Janie Bradford)
  5. "Come and Get These Memories" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  6. "Hang On Sloopy" (Wes Farrell, Bert Russell)
Unreleased recordings from the sessions for "A' Go-Go" album
  1. "Can I Get a Witness" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  2. "In My Lonely Room" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  3. "Mickey's Monkey" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  4. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)
  5. "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" (Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy, Stevie Judkins)
  6. "It's Not Unusual" (Gordon Mills, Les Reed)
Songs considered for inclusion
  1. "Take Me Where You Go" (Smokey Robinson)
  2. "Come On and See Me" (Harvey Fuqua, Johnny Bristol)
  3. "Just A Little Misunderstanding" (Luvel Broadnax-Stevie Wonder-Clarence Paul)
  4. "Penny Pincher" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  5. "Mother Dear" [Re-recorded 1966 Version] (Holland-Dozier-Holland)

Personnel[edit]

Singles history[edit]

  • "Love is Like an Itching in My Heart" b/w "He's All I Got" (b-side taken from I Hear a Symphony) (Motown 1094, April 8, 1966)
  • "You Can't Hurry Love" b/w "Put Yourself in My Place" (Motown 1097, July 25, 1966)

Chart history[edit]

Album[edit]

Name Chart (1966) Peak
position
The Supremes A' Go-Go U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Billboard R&B Albums Chart 1
UK Albums Chart 15

Singles[edit]

Name Chart (1966) Peak
position
"Love is Like an Itching in My Heart" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 9
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles Chart 7
"You Can't Hurry Love" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 3
Preceded by
Revolver by The Beatles
Billboard 200 number-one album
October 22 - November 4, 1966
Succeeded by
Doctor Zhivago (soundtrack)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. The Supremes A' Go-Go at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-21.