The Supremes Sing Country, Western and Pop
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|The Supremes Sing Country, Western & Pop|
|Studio album by The Supremes|
|Released||February 22, 1965|
|Recorded||1962 – 1965|
|The Supremes chronology|
|Singles from The Supremes Sing Country, Western & Pop|
The Supremes Sing Country, Western & Pop is an album recorded by The Supremes, issued by Motown in February 1965 (see 1965 in music). The album was presented as a covers/tribute album of country songs, as Ray Charles had done with his album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. However, over half of the selections on The Supremes Sing Country, Western & Pop were written in-house by Motown staffer Clarence Paul. One of the songs on the album is "My Heart Can't Take It No More", which the Supremes had recorded in 1962 and released in 1963 as a single.
One of Paul's songwriting partners on the album was his fourteen-year-old charge Stevie Wonder, making the Supremes the first act besides Wonder himself to record Wonder's songs.
Session group, the Andantes, appear on all but two of the tracks. They accompany Ross completely above Wilson and Ballard on Baby Doll.
The album was a modest success peaking at #79 on the Billboard Top 200. It sold around 200,000 copies. Though the album did not make the Billboard Country Album charts, Diana would later record a couple of solo country singles most famously, "Sorry Doesn't Always Make it Right".
- "Funny How Time Slips Away" (Willie Nelson, originally by Nelson)
- "My Heart Can't Take It No More" (Clarence Paul)
- "It Makes No Difference Now" (Floyd Tillman, originally by Eddy Arnold)
- "You Didn't Care" (Paul)
- "Tears in Vain" (Paul)
- "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (Bob Nolan, originally by Sons of the Pioneers)
- "Lazy Bones" (Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael)
- "You Need Me"
- "Baby Doll" (Paul, Stevie Wonder)
- "Sunset" (Paul, Wonder)
- "(The Man With the) Rock and Roll Banjo Band" (Paul, Berry Gordy, Jr.)
- Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, and Mary Wilson: lead and background vocals
- Clarence Paul: producer
- Lawrence Horn: co-producer on "My Heart Can't Take It No More"
- The Andantes and other vocalists: additional background vocals
- Cranford Nix, Sr.: Banjo (some tracks)
- "My Heart Can't Take It No More" b/w "You Bring Back Memories" (from Meet the Supremes) (Motown 1040, February 2, 1963)
|The Supremes Sing Country, Western & Pop||U.S. Billboard 200||79|
|"My Heart Can't Take It No More"||U.S. Billboard Hot 100||129|
|U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100||29|