I'm Livin' in Shame

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"I'm Livin' in Shame"
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Single by Diana Ross & the Supremes
from the album Let the Sunshine In
B-side"I'm So Glad I Got Somebody (Like You Around)"
ReleasedJanuary 6, 1969
GenrePsychedelic pop, psychedelic soul
M 1139
Songwriter(s)Frank Wilson, Pam Sawyer, R. Dean Taylor, Deke Richards
Producer(s)The Clan
(R. Dean Taylor, Frank Wilson, Pam Sawyer, Deke Richards)
Diana Ross & the Supremes singles chronology
"I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"
"I'm Livin' in Shame"
"I'll Try Something New"
Audio sample
"I'm Livin' in Shame"
Alternative cover
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"I'm Livin' in Shame" is a 1969 song released for Diana Ross & the Supremes on the Motown label. The sequel to the Supremes' number-one hit, "Love Child," the song peaked in the top ten on the US Billboard Hot 100 pop chart at #10 and the top 20 in the UK at #14 in April and May 1969.[1][2]

Background and release[edit]

Inspired by the plot of Douglas Sirk's 1959 film Imitation of Life,[3] The Clan composed "I'm Livin' in Shame" as a sequel to the Supremes' number-one hit single, "Love Child." The song explores the quest of the 'love child' to shun both her impoverished childhood and her mother, and pass herself off to her friends and new husband as the daughter of a rich family. The woman's mother ends up dying without ever seeing her daughter as an adult, or ever meeting her two-year-old grandson, to the child's regret and chagrin.

The girl group debuted the single live on the Sunday, January 5, 1969 episode of the popular CBS variety program, The Ed Sullivan Show,[4] peaking at number 10 on the American pop chart and at 14 on the UK pop chart in late winter and early spring of 1969. The recorded release is without the backing vocals of Mary Wilson or Cindy Birdsong (as with many singles released under this group's billing, session singers The Andantes appear on the record).


Track listing[edit]

  • 7" single (6 January 1969) (North America/United Kingdom/Netherlands)
  1. "I'm Livin' in Shame" – 3:05
  2. "I'm So Glad I Got Somebody (Like You Around)" – 2:58


Chart (1969) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles Chart 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 10
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles Chart 8
U.S. Cash Box Pop Singles Chart 8
UK Singles Chart 14
Australian Singles Chart 28


  1. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Company. 81 (11): 68. 1969. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  2. ^ Taraborrelli, J. Randy (2007). Diana Ross: A Biography. New York City: Kensington Books. p. 500. ISBN 978-0-8065-2849-6.
  3. ^ Ribowsky, Mark (2009). The Supremes: A Saga of Motown Dreams, Success, and Betrayal. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Da Capo Press. p. 341. ISBN 978-0-306-81586-7.
  4. ^ "Diana Ross & the Supremes, Rodney Dangerfield, Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini". The Ed Sullivan Show. Season 22. Episode 12. 5 January 1969. CBS. WCBS.

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