Mother Dear

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"Mother Dear"
Single by The Supremes
from the album More Hits by The Supremes
B-side "He Holds His Own"/"Who Could Ever Doubt My Love"
Released July 16, 1965 (withdrawn)
July 23, 1965 (album)
October 6, 1965 (withdrawn/canceled)
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); June 2 and June 21, 1965
Genre Pop
Length 2:48
Label Motown
M 1080/1083
Writer(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s) Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
The Supremes singles chronology
"Back in My Arms Again"
"Nothing but Heartaches"
"Mother Dear"
(1965) (withdrawn)
"I Hear a Symphony"

"Mother Dear" is a 1965 song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label.

Written and produced by Motown's main production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland, it was an unreleased single for More Hits by The Supremes; it was canceled in favor of the single "Nothing but Heartaches", as it was considered too lightweight to follow their previous single, "Back in My Arms Again"[citation needed]. The label decided instead to release it as a follow-up single, but when "Nothing But Heartaches" failed to make it to the Top Ten, missing it by just one position and breaking the string of number-one Supremes hits, Motown chief Berry Gordy circulated a memo around the Motown offices that read as follows:

Thus the song was canceled a final time in favor of "I Hear a Symphony."[citation needed]

The song was re-recorded in 1966 in a totally different style that was more danceable and upbeat. The 1966 version would not be released until 2000.



  • The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 5: 1965 [CD liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records.
  • Ribowsky, Mark. "The Supremes: A Saga of Motown Dreams, Success, and Betrayal". New York: Da Capo Press, 2009.

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