Back in My Arms Again

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"Back in My Arms Again"
Picture sleeve for US vinyl single, similar to German vinyl release with different font and layout
Single by The Supremes
from the album More Hits by The Supremes
B-side"Whisper You Love Me Boy"
ReleasedApril 15, 1965 (U.S.)
RecordedHitsville U.S.A. (Studio A);
December 1, 1964 and February 24, 1965
GenrePop, rhythm and blues
M 1075
The Supremes singles chronology
"Stop! In the Name of Love"
"Back in My Arms Again"
"Nothing but Heartaches"
Audio sample
Alternative cover
Sweden single
Sweden single

"Back in My Arms Again" is a 1965 song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label.

Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, "Back in My Arms Again" was the fifth consecutive and overall number-one song for the group on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in the United States from June 6, 1965 through June 12, 1965,[1] also topping the soul chart for a week.


"Back in My Arms Again" was the last of five Supremes songs in a row to go number one (the others are "Where Did Our Love Go", "Baby Love", "Come See About Me", and "Stop! In the Name of Love"). The song's middle eight is almost identical to a later Holland-Dozier-Holland hit, The Isley Brothers "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)".

On the album in which this single appeared, More Hits by the Supremes, and on the official single, each member is pictured separately on the front cover, with her signature above it.

The Supremes performed the song on The Mike Douglas Show, a syndicated daytime program, on May 5, 1965 and again on November 3.[2] They performed the song nationally on the NBC variety program Hullabaloo![3] on Tuesday, May 11, 1965, peaking on the music charts in the following weeks.




Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States 1,000,000[17][18]

Later versions[edit]

"Back in My Arms Again" returned in 1978 to the Billboard Hot 100 via a remake by Genya Ravan: taken from the singer's album release Urban Desire the track would be Ravan's only Hot 100 entry, with a #92 peak.[19][20]

The song almost returned to the Hot 100 in 1983 via a remake on Motown's Gordy label by High Inergy, a female group whose 1977 debut album Turnin' On had yielded a Top 20 hit ("You Can't Turn Me Off") and elicited numerous comparisons with the Supremes.[21][22][23][24][25] Despite the release of a further six albums, High Inergy remained a "one hit wonder" in 1983 when the group recorded what would be their last album: Groove Patrol, from which a near note-for-note remake of "Back in My Arms Again" was released as a single[26] (the group's last) to reach #105 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 in Billboard (without ranking on the magazine's R&B chart).[27]

"Back in My Arms Again" has also been remade by the Michael Stanley Band (album Greatest Hints/ 1979),[28]Nicolette Larson (as "Back in My Arms": album In the Nick of Time/ 1980), by Michael Bolton (album Michael Bolton/ 1983), by The Forester Sisters (album Perfume, Ribbons & Pearls/ 1986), and by Colin James for the soundtrack of the 1989 film American Boyfriends.[29]

Also covered by The Jam live at the 100 Club on 11 September 1977 released on their 6CD live album Fire and Skill – The Jam Live (rec. 1977–1982, rel. 2015).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Company. 77 (24): 24. 1965. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  2. ^ Guest co-host: Zsa Zsa Gabor (3 November 1965). "November 3, 1965". The Mike Douglas Show. Season 4. Episode 43. Cleveland. CBS. KYW-TV.
  3. ^ Host: Frankie Avalon (11 May 1965). "Show #18". Hullabaloo. Season 1. Episode 18. Burbank, California. NBC. KNBC.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 5667." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  6. ^ "The Supremes – Stop! In the Name of Love" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts.
  7. ^ "Billboard HITS OF THE WORLD". Billboard. 21 August 1965. p. 12.
  8. ^ "Supremes: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "The Supremes Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "The Supremes Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles". Cashbox. June 5, 1965. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  12. ^ "The CASH BOX Top 50 In R&B Locations". Cashbox. June 5, 1965. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  13. ^ "FOREIGN HITS IN JAPAN 1960-1969". Billboard. December 19, 1970. p. J-32. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  14. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1965/Top 100 Songs of 1965". Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  15. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1965". Cashbox. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  16. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1965". Cashbox. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  17. ^ Jay Warner (2006). American Singing Groups: A History from 1940s to Today. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 458. ISBN 0634099787. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  18. ^ Joseph Murrells (1984). Million Selling Records from the 1900s to the 1980s: An Illustrated Directory. B.T. Batsford. p. 215. ISBN 9780713438437. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  19. ^ Cashbox Vol 40 #12 (5 August 1978) "Singles Reviews" p.18
  20. ^
  21. ^ Atlanta Voice 10 September 1977 "History Repeats Itself This Time with High Inergy" p.7
  22. ^ Los Angeles Times 11 December 1977 "Pop News" by Dennis Hunt pp.107-108
  23. ^ Philadelphia Daily News 28 February 1978 "In the Middle of Turning You On" by Mikal Gilmore p.34
  24. ^ Detroit Free Press 21 January 1978 "Critic's Choice? Don't Aske Me" by Shirley Eder p.13-A
  25. ^ Orlando Sentinel 19 May 1978 "Supreme Future for High Inergy?" by Dean Johnson p.1-B
  26. ^ Cashbox vol 65 #9 (30 July 1983) "Singles Reviews" p.8
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  29. ^ William Ruhlmann. "Michael Bolton [1983] - Michael Bolton | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-28.

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