|Single by The Supremes|
|from the album More Hits by The Supremes|
|B-side||"He Holds His Own"/"Who Could Ever Doubt My Love"|
July 16, 1965 (withdrawn) |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October 6, 1965 (withdrawn/canceled)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|
Brian Holland |
|The Supremes singles chronology|
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". 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:
|“||We will release nothing less than Top Ten product on any artist; and because the Supremes' world-wide acceptance is greater than the other artists, on them we will only release number-one records.||”|
The song was re-recorded two more times with a second version recorded in the fall of 1965; possibly to be used as the single for its planned October release and then a third version in March 1966. The 1966 version was arranged in a style different from the previous versions with more danceable and upbeat tempo and arrangement. The second 1965 version was not released until 2012. An original stereo mix of the third version from 1966 was not released until 2000. A new mix of the third version was released in 2017 containing elements edited out from the original 1960s mix.
The song was originally recorded as 'It's All Your Fault' in February 1965; the song remained unreleased and was re-recorded as version 1 of "Mother Dear" having the lyrics changed and the instrumentals sped up.
- Lead vocals by Diana Ross
- Background vocals by Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson
- Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers
- 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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