Come See About Me

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"Come See About Me"
The Supremes - Come See About Me.png
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
RecordedHitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); July 13, 1964
GenrePop, R&B
Length2:39
LabelMotown
M 1068
Songwriter(s)Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s)
The Supremes singles chronology
""Baby Love"
(1964)
"Come See About Me"
(1964)
"Stop! In the Name of Love"
(1965)
Alternative cover
Denmark single
Denmark single
Audio sample
"Come See About Me"
Jr Walker Come See About Me.png
Single by Jr. Walker & the All Stars
from the album Home Cookin'
B-side"Sweet Soul"
ReleasedNovember 1967
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] The BBC ranked "Come See About Me" at number 94 on The Top 100 Digital Motown Chart, which ranks Motown releases by their all time UK downloads and streams.[3]

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. Billboard said that the song has a "pronounced Detroit beat, steady and exacting" and that the "Gals weave silky and controlled vocal through beat."[4]

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' version. The group made their first of 17 appearances[5] live on the popular CBS variety program The Ed Sullivan Show performing this single on Sunday, December 27, 1964.[6]

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

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom
Digital sales and streams only
65,000[22]
United States 1,000,000[23][24]

Other versions[edit]

  • The Supremes recorded a German-language version of the song, titled "Jonny und Joe" as the b-side of the 1965 single "Thank You Darling" (also sung in German) in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands.[25] "Jonny und Joe" was later included on two various Motown artists compilation albums Motown Around the World (1987, 1CD)[26] and Motown Around the World: The Classic Singles (2010, 2CD)[27] and also on Diana Ross & the Supremes compilation 50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1961–1969 (2011, 3CD).[28]
  • 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.[29]
  • In 1987, Welsh rock and roll singer Shakin' Stevens covered the song on his album Let's Boogie, making it a hit in the UK and Ireland. Shakin' Stevens version surpassed the Supremes' original no. 27 chart placing by reaching no. 24.[citation needed]
  • In 1981, Kansas City reggae band Blue Riddim Band released a cover of the song on its album Restless Spirit (Flying Fish FF255).

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. ^ "The Top 100 Digital Motown Chart". BBC. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Singles Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. November 7, 1964. p. 16. Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  5. ^ Yusuf, Nilgin (26 April 2008). "The Supremes on show". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  6. ^ "The Supremes/The Serendipity Singers/Leslie Uggams". The Ed Sullivan Show. Season 18. Episode 14. New York City. 24 December 1964. CBS. WCBS.
  7. ^ "Every Unique AMR Top 100 Single of the 1964". Top 100 Singles. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  8. ^ "The Supremes – Come See About Me" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 5576." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  10. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search lever". Flavour of New Zealand.
  11. ^ "Billboard Magazine, March 13, 1965". Billboard. 13 March 1965.
  12. ^ "Supremes: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  13. ^ "The Supremes Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "The Supremes Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles". Cashbox. December 26, 1964. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  16. ^ "The CASH BOX Top 50 In R&B Locations". Cashbox. December 26, 1964. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  17. ^ "100 TOP POPS: Week of December 26, 1964" (PDF). Record World. worldradiohistory.com. December 26, 1964. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  18. ^ "TOP 40 R&B: Week of December 26, 1964" (PDF). Record World. worldradiohistory.com. December 26, 1964. p. 34. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  19. ^ "FOREIGN HITS IN JAPAN 1960-1969". Billboard. December 19, 1970. p. J-32. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  20. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1965". Cashbox. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  21. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1965". Cashbox. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  22. ^ Copsey, Rob (August 26, 2019). "The Official Top 100 Motown songs of the Millennium". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  23. ^ MAKE IT BIG first girl vocal trio to make million-seller record list with three consecutive hits. Ebony. 20. Johnson Publishing Company. June 1965. p. 81. ISSN 0012-9011. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  24. ^ Dafydd Rees (1991). Rock Movers & Shakers. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780874366617. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  25. ^ The Supremes - "Thank You Darling" / "Johnny und Joe" (1965) single releases & credits at Discogs
  26. ^ Various Artists - Motown Around the World: The Classic Singles (2010) album releases & credits at Discogs
  27. ^ Various Artists - Motown Around the World: The Classic Singles (2010) double CD review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, credits & releases at AllMusic
  28. ^ Diana Ross & the Supremes compilation 50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection: 1961-1969 (2011) triple CD review by Steve Leggett, credits & releases at AllMusic
  29. ^ Jr. Walker & the All Stars - "Come See About Me" / "Sweet Soul" (1967) single releases & credits at Discogs

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