Stop! In the Name of Love
|"Stop! In the Name of Love"|
Artwork for US vinyl single
|Single by The Supremes|
|from the album More Hits by The Supremes|
|B-side||"I'm In Love Again"|
|Released||February 8, 1965 (U.S.)|
|Format||Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)|
|Recorded||January 5, January 7, and January 11, 1965|
|Studio||Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A)|
|Genre||Pop, R&B, soul|
|Producer(s)||Brian Holland |
|The Supremes singles chronology|
|More Hits by The Supremes track listing|
"Stop! In the Name of Love"
Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, "Stop! In the Name of Love" held the number one position on the Billboard pop singles chart in the United States from March 27, 1965 through April 3, 1965, and reached the number-two position on the soul chart.
Billboard named the song #38 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.
The Supremes recorded "Stop! In the Name of Love" in January 1965 and released as a single on February 8. The song was included on the Supremes' sixth album, More Hits by The Supremes, and was nominated for the 1966 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Rock & Roll Group Vocal Performance, losing to "Flowers on the Wall" by the Statler Brothers. The song was also honored[when?] by inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's permanent collection of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
The Supremes' choreography for this song, with one hand on the hip and the other outstretched in a "stop" gesture, is legendary. Paul Williams and Melvin Franklin of The Temptations taught the girls the routine backstage in London, before the Supremes' first televised performance of the single on the Ready Steady Go! special "The Sound of Motown," hosted by Motown enthusiast Dusty Springfield. They also performed the song on an episode of the ABC variety program Shindig! which aired on Wednesday, February 24, 1965.
Cover versions and other uses
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The Jackson 5 covered this in a live performance on the Carol Burnett Show in 1975 as they were paying tributes to the Supremes, the Mills Brothers and the Andrews Sisters. Cover versions were later recorded by Margie Joseph, Gene Pitney, Nicki French, Sinitta, Globe, Johnny Rivers, Gloria Gaynor, Claude François (as "Stop au nom de l'amour", 1971), Les Fizz (as "Stop, Tu N' As Plus Le Droit", 1966), and The Hollies (who saw their version peaked in America at No. 29 and in Canada at No. 31 in 1983). American singer La Toya Jackson recorded the song for her 1995 album Stop in the Name of Love.
- Lead vocals by Diana Ross
- Backing vocals by Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson & The Andantes: Jackie Hicks, Marlene Barrow and Louvain Demps
- All instruments by The Funk Brothers
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