Come See About Me

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"Come See About Me"
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Single by The Supremes
from the album Where Did Our Love Go
B-side
  • "You're Gone, But Always in My Heart"
  • "Long Gone Lover"
ReleasedOctober 27, 1964
FormatVinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
RecordedHitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); July 13, 1964
GenrePop, R&B
Length2:41
LabelMotown
M 1068
Songwriter(s)Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s)Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
The Supremes singles chronology
""Baby Love"
(1964)
"Come See About Me"
(1964)
"Stop! In the Name of Love"
(1965)
Audio sample
"Come See About Me"
Alternative cover
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"Come See About Me"
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Single by Jr. Walker & the All Stars
from the album Home Cookin'
B-side"Sweet Soul"
ReleasedNovember 1967
Format7" single
RecordedHitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); 1967
GenreSoul
Length3:01
LabelSoul
S 35041
Songwriter(s)Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s)Johnny Bristol
Jr. Walker & the All Stars singles chronology
"Shoot Your Shot"
(1967)
"Come See About Me"
(1967)
"Hip City, Pt. 1&2"
(1967)

"Come See About Me" is a 1964 song recorded by the Supremes for the Motown label.

The song became third of five consecutively released Supremes songs to top the Billboard pop singles chart in the United States (the others are "Where Did Our Love Go", "Baby Love", "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "Back in My Arms Again"). It topped the chart twice, non-consecutively, being toppled by and later replacing the Beatles' "I Feel Fine" in December 1964 and January 1965.[1][2]

History[edit]

Overview[edit]

Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, it was the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two separate weeks: December 13, 1964 to December 18, 1964, and January 10, 1965 to January 16, 1965, and reached the number three position on the soul chart. The Supremes, whilst being the first to record the song, were not the first to issue it as a single. That distinction fell to Nella Dodds, and her version started selling, climbing to #74 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, but Motown Records quickly released the Supremes' version as a single, which killed sales of Nella Dodds' arguably superior version. The group made their first of 17 appearances[3] live on the popular CBS variety program The Ed Sullivan Show performing this single on Sunday, December 27, 1964.[4]

The group also recorded a German version of the song, entitled "Johnny und Joe".

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Other versions[edit]

The Supremes recorded a German-language version of the song, titled "Jonny Und Joe", which was included on the compilation album Motown Around the World. In 1965, The Newbeats released a version of the song on their album Run Baby Run.[5] In 1967, the song was a repeat hit for Motown act Jr. Walker & the All Stars, whose version reached the top 10 on the R&B chart and the top 25 on the pop chart. Lloyd Charmers recorded, as Soul Stirrers, an early reggae version released in 1969 on the Tramp label in Jamaica. In 1987, Welsh rock and roll singer Shakin' Stevens covered the song, making it a hit in the UK and Ireland. Shakin' Stevens version surpassed the Supremes' original no. 27 chart placing by reaching no. 24. A minor key version was released by the alternative band The Afghan Whigs in 1992. The song was also covered in 2001 by fellow Detroit singer Freda Payne, whose sister Scherrie Payne became a member of the Supremes in 1973. The song was covered in the Glee episode "Thanksgiving" in 2012, by Dianna Agron, Naya Rivera, and Heather Morris. American indie rock band Yo La Tengo performed a version of the song in March 2013 for The A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover series.[6] The song was covered in 2013 in the Nashville episode "You're No Angel Yourself" by Clare Bowen and Chaley Rose.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Company. 76 (51): 24. 1964. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Company. 77 (3): 20. 1965. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  3. ^ Yusuf, Nilgin (26 April 2008). "The Supremes on show". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  4. ^ "The Supremes/The Serendipity Singers/Leslie Uggams". The Ed Sullivan Show. Season 18. Episode 14. New York City. 24 December 1964. CBS. WCBS.
  5. ^ The Newbeats, Run Baby Run Retrieved April 28, 2015
  6. ^ "Yo La Tengo covers The Supremes". Retrieved 2013-03-19.

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