You Can't Hurry Love

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"You Can't Hurry Love"
Single by The Supremes
from the album The Supremes A' Go-Go
B-side "Put Yourself in My Place"
Released July 25, 1966
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); June 11 and July 5, 1966
Genre Pop, soul, R&B
Length 2:47
Label Motown
M 1097
Writer(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s) Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
The Supremes singles chronology
"Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart"
(1966)
"You Can't Hurry Love"
(1966)
"You Keep Me Hangin' On"
(1966)
The Supremes A' Go-Go track listing
Music sample

"You Can't Hurry Love" is a 1966 song originally recorded by The Supremes on the Motown label.

Written and produced by Motown production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, the song topped the United States Billboard pop singles chart, in the UK in the top 5, and in the Australian Singles Chart in the top 10, released and peaking late summer/early autumn in 1966.[1] Sixteen years later, it would again become a number-one hit when Phil Collins rerecorded the song. It reached number-one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks beginning in January 1983,[2] and reached No. 10 on the US Singles Chart that same month.

History[edit]

Overview[edit]

The song, a memory of a mother's words of encouragement ("My mama said 'you can't hurry love/No you just have to wait' ")[3] telling her daughter that with patience she will find that special someone one day, is an example of the strong influence of gospel music present in much of R&B and soul music. "You Can't Hurry Love" was inspired by and partially based upon "(You Can't Hurry God) He's Right on Time" ("You can't hurry God/you just have to wait/Trust and give him time/no matter how long it takes"), a 1950s gospel song written by Dorothy Love Coates of The Original Gospel Harmonettes.[4]

The recorded version of "You Can't Hurry Love" showcases the developing sound of The Supremes, who were progressing from their earlier teen-pop into more mature themes and musical arrangements. This song and "You Keep Me Hangin' On" were finished together; when it came time to choose which single would be issued first, Motown's Quality Control department chose "You Can't Hurry Love."

The song's bassline, copied in Hall and Oates' "Maneater" (1982), was earlier heard in 1962 in the introduction to the Goffin and King song recorded by The Cookies "Chains".

Written and produced by Motown's main production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland, "You Can't Hurry Love" is one of the signature Supremes songs, and also one of Motown's signature releases. The single became The Supremes' seventh number-one hit,[5] topping the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks, from September 4, 1966 to September 17, 1966, and reaching number one on the soul chart for two weeks. The group performed the song on the CBS variety program The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday, September 25, 1966.[6]

"You Can't Hurry Love" was the second single from the Supremes' album The Supremes A' Go-Go. It reached the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart in the United States, and #3 in the United Kingdom. The Supremes' version of the song is honored by inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's permanent collection of 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

The Supremes also released a version sung in Italian: "L'amore verrà" ("Love Will Come").

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1966) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart 1
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles Chart 1
U.S. Cash Box Pop Singles Chart 1
Canadian RPM 100 Singles Chart[7] 1
UK Singles Chart 3
Australian Singles Chart 6

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1966) Position
U.S. Cash Box Year End Chart 5
Preceded by
"Sunshine Superman" by Donovan
Billboard Hot 100 number one single (The Supremes version)
September 10, 1966 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Cherish" by The Association
Preceded by
"Blowin' in the Wind" by Stevie Wonder
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single (The Supremes version)
September 3, 1966 – September 10, 1966 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Land of 1000 Dances" by Wilson Pickett

Phil Collins version[edit]

"You Can't Hurry Love"
Single by Phil Collins
from the album Hello, I Must Be Going!
B-side "I Cannot Believe It's True" (International) / "Do You Know, Do You Care?" (North America)
Released November 27, 1982[8]
Format 7" single / 12"
Recorded 1982
Genre Blue-eyed soul
Length 2:56
Label Virgin Records (UK)
Atlantic Records (International)
Writer(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s) Phil Collins, Hugh Padgham
Phil Collins singles chronology
"Thru These Walls"
(1982)
"You Can't Hurry Love"
(1982)
"I Don't Care Anymore"
(1983)

The most notable cover of the song was released in late 1982 as a single by Phil Collins from his second solo album, Hello, I Must Be Going! Collins' version reached number-one on the UK Singles Chart (becoming his first number-one solo hit in the UK Singles Chart,[2] and peaking two positions higher than the original song did in that country), and reached number 10 in the United States.[9]

Although Collins had previously done covers as album tracks (of Genesis' "Behind the Lines" and The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" on Face Value), "You Can't Hurry Love" was the first cover he released as a single. Collins' version was the first track on the very first Now That's What I Call Music compilation CD. On the second repeat of the chorus, he replaces the line "How much more can I take?" with "How much more must I take?", and likewise exchanges the words, "...trust in the good Lord..." to "...trust in a good time...".

Credits[edit]

  1. "You Can't Hurry Love"
  2. "I Cannot Believe It's True"
    • Phil Collins - Vocals, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion
    • Daryl Stuermer - Guitars
    • John Giblin - Bass
    • Don Myrick - Sax Solo
    • Don Myrick, Louis Satterfield, Michael Harris, Rhamlee Michael Davis - The Phenix Horns
    • Don Myrick, Louis Satterfield, Rhamlee Michael Davis, Phil Collins, Peter Newton - Phenix Choir

Charts[edit]

Chart (1982/1983) Peak
position
Australian Kent Music Report 3
Austrian Singles Chart 3
Belgium Singles Chart 3
Canadian RPM Top Singles 1
Dutch Top 40 1
French Singles Chart 9
German Singles Chart 3
Ireland Singles Chart 1
Italy (FIMI)[10] 24
New Zealand Singles Chart 9
Spain (AFYVE)[11] 11
Swedish Singles Chart 6
Swiss Singles Chart 3
UK Singles Chart[2] 1
US Billboard Hot 100 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 9
Preceded by
"Save Your Love" by Renée and Renato
UK number one single (Phil Collins version)
January 15, 1983 - January 28, 1983 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Down Under" by Men at Work

Dixie Chicks version[edit]

The song was covered by the Dixie Chicks on the soundtrack to the 1999 film Runaway Bride. Their version peaked at number 60 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[12]

In popular culture[edit]

The song is featured in the movie Jumpin' Jack Flash.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (Nielsen Company) 78 (38): 26. 1966. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 417. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "Show 50 - The Soul Reformation: Phase three, soul music at the summit. [Part 6] : UNT Digital Library". Digital.library.unt.edu. 2014-03-22. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  4. ^ Marsh, Dave. "Dorothy Love Coates / The Original Gospel Harmonettes - The Best of Dorothy Love Coates & the Original Gospel Harmonettes, Vols. 1-2 (Review)". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Bronson, Fred: The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits, page 207. Billboard Books, 2003.
  6. ^ "The Supremes, Ethel Merman, Nipsey Russell". The Ed Sullivan Show. Season 20. Episode 3. September 25, 1966. CBS. WCBS. http://www.tv.com/supremes---nipsey-russell---ethel-merman/episode/108266/summary.html.
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ Dean, Maury (2003). Rock N' Roll Gold Rush. Algora. p. 60. ISBN 0-87586-207-1. 
  10. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: C". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  12. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 102. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8. 

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